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AJ's Car of the Day '65 Chevrolet Impala Convertible
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Car: Chevrolet Impala Convertible

Year: 1965

What makes it special: Redesigned in 1965, the Chevrolet Impala set an all-time industry annual sales record of more than 1 million units in the US. All new full-size Chevrolets featured the "X" frame for a full-width perimeter frame, a new body that featured curved, frameless side glass for pillarless models, sharper angled windshield with newly reshaped vent windows, and redesigned full-coil suspension.

What made it famous: Engine choices included the inline six-cylinder as well as the small-block and big-block V8's. A new three-range Turbo Hydra-Matic automatic transmission was optional for the 396 cu in V8. The old 409 cu in "W" engine was discontinued early in the 1965 model year, so early-production 1965's got the 409, as well as 1/10 of 1% had the 396 big-block. Other later-built cars had the 396 cu in as the big-block option. 2-speed Powerglide, as well as 3- and 4-speed manual transmissions were available. As with previous years, Impalas featured more chrome trim inside and out, with pleated tufted upholstery and door panels.

Why I would want one: No matter what year of the 1960's, the Chevrolet Impala was at its finest. It had a lot of style, as well as some iconic big-block V8 options.

Fun fact: The Impala would be the #2-selling convertible in the US the following year (1966), with 38,000 sold. It was beaten by the Mustang by almost 2:1.

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