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The American Dream – The Chevrolet Impala 1958-1970
ABOUT THE BOOK
This book examines the evolution of the popular Chevrolet Impala from the late 1950s stylish ‘specialty’ vehicle to become Chevrolet’s best-selling, iconic model in North America. This volume focuses on specifications, rarer performance models, industry facts and figures and optional equipment, through detailed text, brochure and advertising images, and is copiously illustrated with many previously unpublished photographs.
The important role played by the Impala for Chevrolet (and GM as a whole) is also examined, from its status as a top-of-the-line ‘specialty’ model, through the broad range of body styles, to a mainstream, volume-production car.
As the 1950s ended, the Chevrolet Impala evolved into a status symbol, and added more and more style, comfort and optional equipment to its ever-increasing model range. From its similar styling and tri-colour pastel paint finishes, the original Chevrolet Impala was the flashy, stylish sibling in the line-up, only to eventually return to a more conservative, high-volume, mainstream car.
As well as the historical aspects of the car, a final chapter explores present-day custom Impalas and Resto Rods – from custom bodywork modifications to spectacular works of art.
The American Dream – The Chevrolet Impala 1958-197 by Norm Mort
• Engine & chassis specifications included
• Covers optional equipment, racing involvement
• Detailed, close-up of the various engines offered
• Chevrolet production facts and figures from 1958-1970
• Focus on all of the Chevrolet Impala bodystyles
• Previously unpublished images of fully restored Impalas
• Images sourced from period advertisements and brochures
• Images of rarer performance versions
• Descriptive, detailed text on annual model changes, period road test stats & references when new
• Highlights distinctive styling cues
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Canadian-born Norm Mort has had a lifelong interest in historic vehicles, and by the age of 10 was photographing old vehicles parked by the side of the road; by the age of 12 he was the youngest member on the executive of the Antique and Classic Car Club of Canada.
After graduating from the University of Toronto, Norm became a teacher and librarian in the public school system. However, it was not long before his love of old cars and trucks led him to become a freelance automotive writer for magazines and newspapers in the field of transport, which he has now done for over 30 years. Norm has written over a dozen books about historic vehicles, and has become Canada's most prolific writer on old cars and trucks. Norm is also an animal lover, and has written books about travelling with pets (combining both of his passions) and about living with a pet menagerie. Norm lives in Canada with Scottish wife, Sandy, and a variety of pets. Their son Andrew has been the photographer for all of Norm's books.
Place of birth: • Hometown: Wellington • Nearest city: Wellington
V5310 • Paperback • 7.48 x 8.07 in • 96 pages • 116 pictures • ISBN: 978-1-787113-10-7 • UPC: 6-36847-01310-3
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