1966 Chevrolet Impala SS 427 Convertible reminds us of days long gone

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  1. Grabbrass

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    Put on display by GM alongside the new 2013 Impala (yawn) at the New York Auto Show. The fullsize pics (go to the link below the pic, click on the pic to go to gallery, select "large") nearly had me in tears. So perfect.

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    http://www.autoblog.com/2012/04/06/1966-chevrolet-impala-ss-427-convertible-reminds-us-of-days-long/

    I'm amazed at the condition of this car, but then again since GM's putting it out there on display I guess I shouldn't be too surprised. My dad had a plain jane 4 door '69 Impala for a couple years when I was a kid - a far cry from this eye-popper, but in some ways the same. The dashboard pics bring back more memories for me than anything ... my dad let me steer the car around an empty parking lot once while he worked the pedals ... I was 5, maybe 6. I still remember looking down to see that speedometer, imagining it indicating 100mph. The reality was more like 5mph. Other than that, my memories of that car mostly involve sitting in the backseat, flipping the ashtray doors open and closed.

    Today's cars are better, but they've got no soul whatsoever compared to something like this.



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    I had the L-72 coupe version. Love the styling!!!
     

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    Much prefer the 61 & 62 Impala's but all from 61 to 70 were excellent cars:wavey:
     
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    Damn thats sweet.....Had a 62 with a 327.
     
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    Really prefer the caddies of that era. But the impala is nice.
     
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    Those were the days my friends , when men were men and sheep were afraid of the men ! :supergrin:
     
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    1966 was one of the best years for GM especially the styling…and the motors too.
     
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    I remember the day my dad brought home his 63 Chevy Impala, man what a beauty that was a beautiful vehicle, what a great and dependable car.
     
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    My Dad had a '65, Super Sport, sedan in canary yellow and black. I recall coming home in '66 on leave and driving the car when ever I wanted. A very fond memory indeed.
     
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    sombunya Use it up, throw it away

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    I'm old enough to remember when you could walk into a dealer's "Parts Dept." and ask for things related to a high compression big block and not get laughed at.

    Great thread here.
     
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    I saw a '61 go for $100,000 on the Barrett/Jackson auction TV broadcast yesterday. It was a beautiful car.
     
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    Yes, bias ply tires, drum brakes, am radio, needs a tune up every 25,000 miles, and absolute death trap if you rolled it. Oh yeah, baby, those were the days.
     
  13. tous

    tous GET A ROPE!

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    Oddly, those of us forced to drive those deathtraps mostly survived. :upeyes:
     
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    I stored and drove my friends restored '66 Mustang convertible, 289 for many years. I forgot just how lousy those drum brakes and bias ply tires were. Can hardly believe I used to drive cars like that 140 mph plus.:wow:
     
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    I like the `67 Impala on the series "Supernatural"...

    It has a seriously lopey cam in it and it sounds good...

    [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qgyDl5zK2Yw"]Supernatural - The Impala - YouTube[/ame]
     
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    tous GET A ROPE!

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    It is both easy and obvious when comparing technologies 40 years apart, no?

    As mentioned, folk drove cars with bias-ply tire and drum brakes. That was the available, practical technology of the times, no?

    We drove cars with no air bags, no padded dashboards, no child safety seats, bench seats so slippery you could play ice hockey on them.

    Yes, the tires only lasted 30,000 miles if you were lucky. We replaced them. Yes, the points and plugs wore out after 15,000 miles. We replaced them. The oil was basic, the cars rusted, the suspensions were crude.

    I suppose some looked back and marveled at how folk possibly got along driving a Model T or a 1932 Chevrolet ... cars with a whopping 60 horsepower and if it had a radio it had tube sin it.

    Forty years from now, folk will look back and marvel at how we drove the technologically-starved cars we drive.
     
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    '66 Impala SS

    [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Px_uZWmwKxM"]Naturally Aspirated 572 CI Impala By Nelson Racing Engines - YouTube[/ame]
     
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    gruntmedik Semper Fi CLM

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    My dad had a 64 4 door as a family car. He was pretty angry the day it got stolen at the flea market in 1979. I still remember sitting on the curb waiting for my grandpa to pick us up. Grandpa had a 64 2 door lol. He was always a cool dude.

    Here are some impalas I saw at SEMA last year.
    [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IPW655TZimo"]Chevy Impala lowriders SEMA 2011 - YouTube[/ame]