AJ's Car of the Day '64 Chevrolet Impala Hardtop Coupe

Car: Chevrolet Impala Hardtop Coupe

Year: 1964

What makes it special: For 1964, the Impala was restyled to a more rounded, softer look. Updated styling featured squarer corners along with a new full-width sculptured grille. Impalas again had triple taillights on each side, plus plenty of brightwork. The signature taillight assembly had an "upside-down U" shaped aluminum trim strip above the taillights, but the individual lights were surrounded by a body-colored panel. Back-up lights were now standard.

What made it famous: Picking a powertrain wasn't easy with seven engines and four transmissions to choose from. Engine offerings ranged from a 140 horsepower six through V8's of 283 and 327's. The 409 cubic-inch V8 returned as the big-block option, as well as the 2X4 carburetor setup for the 425 horsepower motors. Top engines could get Delcotronic all-transistor ignition. SS models continued to feature the engine-turned aluminum trim. Rooflines were carried over from 1963 unchanged.

Why I would want one: I like the simple design of the front end, and the overall long and low, sleek look of the '64. Not to mention all the V8 options available for that year.

Fun fact: The Impala was Chevrolet's most expensive passenger model through 1965, and had become the best-selling automobile in the United States.