In 1965, the Beatles' 65 album was at its peak as a top-seller. It was also the year when the fourth-generation Chevrolet Impala sold more than one million units in the United States alone. It competed against the then-famous Ford Galaxie 500 and Plymouth Fury, along with other full-sized models. The said model sports a full-width perimeter frame, a redesigned body with curved, frameless side glass, and many more. Incredibly, this world record of the best-selling automobile in the US still stands today.
Known as the most expensive passenger model by Chevrolet during the 60s, the Impala was named after a medium-sized southern African antelope. Nestled in savannas and woodlands, there are about two million existing species of impalas in Africa. This is twice the number of the Chevrolet Impala units sold in United States alone in 1965.
Want to know what made the Chevy Impala stand out from other models? The first generation Impalas had three taillights on each side, whereas other models only had two, although it was this year when dual headlamps were popular. This six-taillight design was a first for Chevy, and it became one of the early Impala's trademarks. However, the year after, the second generation Impala sported a huge, teardrop-shaped taillight on each side.
The 1963 Chevy Impala became a collectors' favorite because of its body style. It jived with the long and low-styled vehicles that were popular during that time. Its chrome details and aluminum rear taillight panel made it look stunning and classy at the same time. Not only that, it was powered by a potent V8 engine-what more can you ask for?
The 1964 Chevy Impala was featured by American hip-hop artist Dr. Dre in his song "Let Me Ride." In the song, he narrated his adventures while driving his Impala. The song was the third and final single from his debut album entitled "The Chronic." It reached no. 34 on the Hot 100 and even won in the Grammy Awards under the category "Best Rap Solo Performance" in 1994.
Right-hand drive Chevy Impalas were manufactured in Canada and were sold to other countries outside the United States. These vehicles utilized the features of the 1961 Pontiac dashboard.