Chevrolet introduced the Impala in 1958 as a high-style, top-of-the-line two-door hardtop and convertible. The next year, four-door hardtops and sedans were added. The Impala Super Sport arrived for 1961, and its top-gun, 409-cubic-inch V-8 was quickly immortalized in a song by The Beach Boys. The fancier Caprice full-size sedan appeared in 1965, but Chevy still sold hundreds of thousands of Impalas annually. GM downsized its big cars for 1977, and the new, smaller Impala was a trend-setter, helping reverse Detroit’s inclination toward longer, lower and wider. The Impala faded away after 1985, but made an unexpected return as the muscular 1994-1996 Impala SS. In 2000, it was reintroduced as a front-drive sedan. The latest Impala debuted for 2014, but with the heart of the market shifting to crossovers and SUVs, this traditional full-size sedan finds itself out of today’s mainstream.
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