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AJ's Car of the Day '60 Chevrolet Impala Hardtop Sports Coupe
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Car: Chevrolet Impala Hardtop Sport Sedan

Year: 1960

What makes it special: The 1960 Chevrolet Impala shifted direction a little, creating a more conservative look than was seen on the famed "snorting-nostril, cats eye taillight" 1959 model. For 1960 they were toned down, giving Chevrolets a more tasteful and temperate back end: an angular, tapered shape that integrated neatly into the quarter panels. The effect was helped by installation of three modestly sized round taillights on each side of the top-of-the-line Impala. By the standards of the 50's, the '60 redesign was restrained and promoted the Space Race. Four body styles were available: hardtop Sport Sedan, Sport Coupe, four-door sedan and Chevy's only full-size convertible.

What made it famous: There were 7 V8 engines to choose from, in 283 or 348 cu in size. Top choice was the 348 Super Turbo-Thrust Special, breathing through triple 2-barrel carburetors and using 11.25:1 compression and dual exhausts to eke out 335 horsepower. More modest variants of the 348 yielded 250 to 320 horses. The carbureted Turbo-Fire 283 V8 could have either 170 or 230 horsepower, but fuel injection no longer was an option under full-size Chevrolet hoods.

Why I would like one: This is one of the most recognized body styles of the early 1960's. Love the panoramic windshield and "jet-like" stance of its design. Plus the array of V8 offerings.

Fun fact: The Impala convertible was Chevrolet's most expensive car for 1960, priced at $2,954. 

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