AJ’s Car of the Day: 1960 Chevrolet Impala 2-Door Hardtop

AJ’s Car of the Day: 1960 Chevrolet Impala 2-Door Hardtop

Car: Chevrolet Impala 2-Door Hardtop

Year: 1960

What makes it special: The Impala was Chevrolet’s most expensive passenger model through 1965 and had become the best-selling automobile in the United States. The second-generation Chevrolet Impala was redesigned. Sharing bodyshells with lower-end Buicks and Oldsmobiles as well as with Pontiac as part of a GM economy move, the Chevrolet’s wheelbase was 1-1/2 inches longer. Using a new X-frame chassis, the roof line was three inches lower, bodies were two inches wider, and curb weight increased. Its tailfins protruded outward, rather than upward. The 1960 Impala models reinstated three round taillights on each side, and a white band running along the rear fenders.

What made it famous: The available V8’s were reduced to seven, in 283 cu in or 348 cu in displacements. The carbureted Turbo-Fire 283 cu in V8 could have either 170 or 230 hp. The 348 cu in was available in 250 to 320 hp with a 350 hp Special Super Turbo-Thrust with triple 2-barrel carburetors, 11.25:1 compression ratio, and dual exhausts. Fuel injection was no longer an option on full-size Chevrolets. New to the options list was speed and cruise control.

Why I would want one: I love the rounded windshield, lower stance and tailfins, giving the 1960 Impala a “Rocket-Like” appearance.

Fun fact: Impala was distinguished from other models by its symmetrical triple taillights.

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