When most car people talk about the 1994-1996 full-size Chevy era, most talk centers around the Impala SS model. Having owned both a ’95 and ’96 Impala SS brand new, I can tell you first hand it was the only big Chevy we had on our minds back then. The Caprice models were all but ignored. Over time, that has changed – the Caprices are very much appreciated by the Chevy B Body enthusiasts.
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In 1965, we lived next door to the local Chevrolet Dealership. In October of that year I saw a load of cars being delivered on a transport truck. On the very top was an amazing 2-door Caprice! It was love at first sight. I told my wife, Diane that we were going to buy that car. On October 7th, 1965 we bought it for $3270. We traded in our 1959 Impala, and our note was $74 a month. I admitted to Diane that I wasn’t sure if we could afford it, but we would enjoy it while we could. We ended up owning the car for ten years and put over 100,000 long miles on it.
This 1958 Biscayne wows ’em downunder. My interest in American cars goes way back to my childhood days. Back then, my mother would buy me Matchbox and Dinky toy cars when I harped at her while we were out shopping. We would buy a mix of English and American cars, but it was the American cars I was drawn to because they were longer and lower and usually featured two-tone paintwork.
1961 Impala: Bad To The Bone. My interest in cars started when I was about 10 years old, back in 1957. My father was a body and fender man at a small Chevy/Olds/Cadillac dealership in Tama, Iowa. I’ve never gotten over the car thing!
I have had over 50 cars, most of which were Chevys. I still have a ’65 Chevelle and this ’61 bubbletop Impala. This car was one I had wanted for years, but I couldn't find one that was affordable (that was any good).
1966 Chevy Impala 427: Heavy Hitter
This super sweet ’66 has all the good stuff – the blockbuster L72 427, M21 close ratio 4-speed, 3.31:1 Posi-Traction axle, and F41 Special Suspension. Hold the power steering, brakes, A/C, buzz windows and all that jazz. It’s not even a Super Sport, just an Impala. It’s what is used to be called “a man’s car.”
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When my son was around the age of 15, a few years before he could drive, he said that when he became old enough to have his own car he wanted one of those cars with the “Cat’s Eyes." Way back then, I really didn’t pay much attention to what particular car he was talking about.
A few years had passed by and while driving though a local neighborhood we spotted a '59 Chevy for sale with the crazy wings and wide rear lenses, I finally realized what my son meant. We negotiated a price, brought it home and did a mild restoration. He had the car for many years, much to the amazement of his friends.
The first car I owned was a 1962 Bel Air 2-door sedan 6-cylinder, 3-speed. I don’t remember exactly when I saw a ’62 Bel Air Sport Coupe for the first time, but I do remember thinking that it was one of the best looking cars Chevrolet ever built.
Many years later, while serving in the military, I began looking all over the United States for a ’62 that I could afford. I eventually found the car I wanted, a 1962 Bel Air Sport Coupe, in Burley, Idaho in 1994. One of the local kids had just inherited the car from his grandmother, who was the original owner. It took two years of contact with him before I was able to buy the car and drive it home.
The 1966 425hp, 427ci Chevrolet Biscayne two-door cars are the big, beautiful and powerful cars that I first experienced on the streets of Duluth, MN when I was only 18 years old. They made a big impression on me at the time (and still do today) so I guess you could say I have a passion for these particular cars. My first car as a teenager was a 1965 Chevelle SS with a 300hp 327ci motor that I occasionally street raced. I could usually beat the 325hp/396ci Chevys around town, but not the 360hp models that came out in ’66.
I bought my 1962 Chevy Bel Air wagon seven years ago from a friend, Randy. Now Randy is a great guy, but he had no idea how to put this station wagon together and I have to admit it was somewhat of a mystery to me, too. It was completely apart and it came with another parts car, which was also taken completely apart. So my project car was really just boxes and piles of parts.
My original plan was to do a frame-off restoration, which was not too hard since the car and frame were in two different places when I bought it. This was a rust free Arizona car so I was able to have the frame sandblasted and painted in my garage. I assembled the frame with a new 10-bolt Chevy rear end with Posi-Traction and Air Ride Technologies suspension components. The car gets real low now!