1959 Chevy Impala

The Chevrolet Impala appeared in 1958 as part of the Bel Air line-up, but for 1959 it was redesigned and introduced as its own series. The dramatic redesign included the distinctive grille shown above as well as a bat-wing trunk lid and cat’s eye tail lights:

Standard under the hood was a 235 inline-six, but a V8 was an option in either 283 or 348-cubic inches.

1959 Chevrolet Brochure

It was great timing, too. The country was coming out of recession and consumers were ready to buy. One newspaper story from November, 1958, was titled, “New Cars: They’re Selling,” and it featured many of the new cars for 1959:

Grieg, Michael. “New Cars: They’re Selling.” The San Francisco Examiner, 30 November 1958, p. 1.

It was a good year for automakers, but clearly a good year for consumers, too. My goodness, buyers must have loved their choices!

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