Ah, the 1964 Chevy Impala, a classic car like no other. Originally built in 1958, the Impala was manufactured right through to 1985 before being discontinued and then relaunched between 1994 and 1996 only to come back again in 2000.
Taking a look at a legendary classic
The car we’re featuring today is the 1964 model with the restyled body. So compared to its predecessors, this car is more rounded and softer but maintains the signature taillight formation. Chevrolet saw production numbers increase with these changes and the Impala once again became popular.
Why was the 1964 Chevy Impala so popular?
So what was it that made these cars so popular? It came down to a number of things really, including its reputation for glamour, comfort and performance. The Impala was top of the range back in ’64 and came with thick foam cushion seats, bright aluminum front end panels, electric clock, the Impala emblem in the middle of the steering wheel and special padded armrests for both the front and rear seats. That is what you call luxury.
Twin 4 barrel carburetors were added to the 409 engine which produced 425 horsepower and had dual exhausts, a special clutch and a heavy duty radiator – as well as other specialist modifications.
This stunning 1964 Chevy Impala restoration project has done well to maintain all its original features, something which I’m sure has caused the owner a great deal of pain, but it’s not gone unnoticed by car enthusiasts. I think the testament to its popularity comes in the form that Chevrolet re-introduced this model not once but twice and is still in production today – that’s impressive.
It’s also easy to see why it’s such a firm favorite. Personally I love the chrome trim and the perfectly restored paintjob. I think it does also look better as a soft top – but then I’d say most classic cars do. I’m intrigued as to what you think though? Does the 1964 Chevy Impala rank in your top ten classic cars or is it somewhere in the pile of nobodies?