The Chevrolet Impala is one of America’s most iconic and loved cars. It seamlessly blends luxury, practicality, and value into a package that has stood the test of time. The car has gone through several changes since its debut in 1958 and has quite the history attached to it.
While we could go on and on about the Impala’s legacy, here are just 13 fast facts that everyone who is interested in the car’s history should know.
1. The Chevrolet Impala was originally built to be a top-of-the-line Chevrolet Bel-Air.
2. It broke away from the Bel-Air in 1959 and became its own model with a radical body style redesign and improved safety features.
3. For years, the Chevy Impala set the standard for comfort in American vehicles.
4. Many consider it to be the stem of the American muscle car.
5. The Chevrolet Impala is named after the medium-sized, fierce, African antelope.
6. In 1961, Chevrolet revolutionized the Impala and the industry with the 409 engine in the Super Sport edition.
7. In reference to the 409 engine, the Beach Boys sang, “Nothing can catch her, nothing can catch my 409…giddy up, giddy up 409.”
8. One of the main traits that Chevrolet always wanted in the Impala was plenty of space for the consumer.
9. The Impala is the highest-selling Chevy of all time, with over 16 million units sold.
10. The 1965 Chevrolet Impala was the highest-selling vehicle that year.
11. The 1964 Impala has been immortalized by many West Coast hip-hop groups and artists, including NWA, Snoop Dogg, and Cypress Hill.
12. 1970 was one of the first model years that the Impala took a big hit in sales. Most car enthusiasts point to the popularity of Chevrolet’s Camaro as the reason behind the declining numbers.
13. Impala models have had many important jobs over the years, including in NASCAR (Impala SS) and police departments of the 2000s.