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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 03-12-2013, 10:41 PM Thread Starter
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The one that started it for me

This is the car that started it for me. I was 16 years old in 1969. I saw this light yellow with a black interior 1965 Impala SS on a local Chevrolet lot. I finally talked my Dad into driving up to look at it. The salesman came out and talked with us about it. A local guy had traded it in on a new 69 Camaro. He also said the Impala was set up to drag race. My Dad wasn't to thrilled about that. Seem the previous owner had installed a hotter cam and headers on the 327. But the major change was a 4:56 rear end gear.
Well after a long conversation with Dad he agreed to help me buy the car.
When I drove that car off the lot I had never driven a 4 speed before. I did a lot of learning and swearing on the way home by my self. Every stop I stalled it out, and it bucked like a horse. It took me about a week to finally master it. After that the car and I terrorized the streets until I sold it 2 years later to buy a 67 Camaro RS SS which I still own. I always wanted another 65 Impala and have always thought they were the best styled car Chevrolet ever made. Years later I bought the 65 convertible we have now. Its no drag car but it is a cruising car. And it reminds me of the one that started it all every time I take it out.


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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 03-12-2013, 11:21 PM
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Larry, thanks for posting that. That sure sounds a lot like my own story.

I was 12 in the fall of 1964 when the new Chevrolets were introduced, and like yourself I fell in love with the look of the Impala. I got to see one in person for the first time when my father and I went to the New York Auto Show in early 1965. However, by the time I got my first car (also in 1969) all I could afford was a $50 Volkswagen, and that car had to get me by until I finally got my first Impala in late 1970 (picture below).



It was stolen out of my driveway in Atlanta in 1979. I did not find a replacement for over 30 years.
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post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old 03-13-2013, 07:33 AM Thread Starter
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That was a cool Impala you had, To bad it was stolen.
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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old 03-13-2013, 09:13 AM
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I bought my first 64 Impala SS off a car lot. Red red 327 4 speed for a $1000 back about 71. This was the first car that the wife and I bought together. Her BIL ended up trashing it so I sold it. Then about 77 I bought my 2nd red red 327 4 speed. A different BIL in law begged to buy that car from me. He blew a rod and we sold it.
Then in 95 I bought a red red 327 4 speed. No BIL s are allowed to drive it. I still have it
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Very fond memories of the '65 styling. One of the first family cars I can remember was a '65 Belaire. Love those tail lights!
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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 03-14-2013, 09:43 AM
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I remember a 65 Impala evening orchid 2 door hardtop that my neighbor bought new.
I now have a 65 Catalina convertible iris mist in Pontiac terms but the same color as orchid mist. I have had that car 14 years now
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