Originally projected to last five seasons (with the pilot episode appearing in the country in September 2005), the Winchester family history has reached its 11th year with more than 200 episodes. With the motto “saving people, hunting things, the family business”, the brothers cross the country in the hunt for the supernatural creatures in the company of “Baby”. Who is Baby? It is a 1967 Chevrolet Impala invoked, which is practically the third hero of the series. It has a fundamental participation in the original plot, completed in the fifth season,Adventures on the road Throughout the series, the Impala not only fits in with the Winchester’s personality and soundtrack (often played directly on the car’s cassette player), but it’s also a crucial part in the story’s unfolding. The trajectory of the brothers Sam and Dean – who after losing their mother in a supernatural way started, alongside their father, a journey hunting monsters and preventing the Apocalypse – is full of horror stories, urban legends and mythology, in an atmosphere that mixes thriller, drama, rock and roll and adventures on the road. In addition, the best Supernatural dialogs take place in the Impala booth. No wonder, after 2005, the model is often a No wonder, after 2005, the model is often associated with the series. The car was not randomly chosen and only takes on the role of transportation: Impala 67 transcends time with the characters, saving people, hunting things and continuing the Winchester family business.
Automobile is also eh culture and, therefore, it fits here a bit of history.The decade that followed, from 1945 to 1955, witnessed the emergence of the American way of life, the American way of living, with the rise of the United States to the world’s largest industrial, commercial, and economic power. The distribution of wealth promoted a huge transformation of the habits of the population that had the resources to buy everything that the industry madly came to invent and produce, washing machines, crazy machines domestic television and radio and … cars. Great, spenders, more and more sophisticated in comfort and convenience. Impala appeared in 1958 on the crest of this wave, the largest and most powerful of the models produced by General Motors Chevrolet brand , already displaying the long and showy tails that, seen in the Cadillac dodge viper coupe 2 door car cover, ended up receiving in Brazil the pompous nickname of fish tails. Size, luxury and comfort gave the Impala the absolute top condition, level still above the Bel Air line , Bel Air Impala. Weighing tons and incorporating mechanical technologies consuming horses – automatic transmissions , electric windows, hoods convertibles, antennae of radio receivers, etc. – motorizations would have to be portentous. The one that was born along with the Impala was V-8, of 348 cubic inches , 5.7 liters of volume and provided 315 hp. The title Impala, inspired by an African antelope, alternated high and low phases, going back and forth to the flavor of the market’s temperament. It was produced from 1958 to 1985, from 1994 to 1996 and from 1999 until today. Figured in the catalog of the current Chevrolet with its majesty something overshadowed by the time but touched by a V6 of only, alone! 305 horses. And at the price of 37 thousand dollars, about 110 thousand reais.
BASE PRICE $28,895 EPA VEHICLE CLASS Full-size Sedan VEHICLE HIGHLIGHTS Offered in LS, LT and Premier models Standard 2.5L engine A sleek exterior highlighted by a sculpted body and windswept profile, proportioned wheels and projector-beam headlamps; HID headlamps on Premier Midnight Edition offered on LT and Premier. Includes blacked-out appearance with 19-in.
Intuitive interior featuring upscale details and materials, as well as an integrated center stack and an available eight-inch touch screen display with Chevrolet Infotainment Apple CarPlay and Android Auto phone projection capability allows the display of smartphone content including messages, music, maps and more on the infotainment system’s multicolor screen Chevrolet 4G LTE connectivity and a built-in Wi-Fi hotspot comes with a 3GB/one-month data trial Dual-zone automatic climate control is standard on LT and Premier Wireless device charging is standard on Premier Heated, leather-trimmed driver and front passenger seats are standard on Premier and available on LT Ventilated driver and front passenger seats are available on Premier Leather-wrapped steering wheel is standard on LT and Premier Heated steering wheel is available on LT and Premier Keyless Open and Start is standard on all models Remote starting is standard on LT and Premier Stop/start technology with the standard 2.5L engine, which shuts down the engine in specific driving conditions to reduce fuel consumption while boosting mileage up to 5 percent MacPherson-strut front suspension and four-link rear suspension, with rebound springs internal to the struts for greater refinement. An electric variable-assist steering system helps save fuel by using energy only when the steering wheel is turned.
- Ten standard air bags, including driver and front-passenger knee air bags, side-impact seat-mounted and roof-rail air bags for front and rear outboard passengers
- Standard rear-vision camera
- Driver Confidence Package is available on LT (with V-6) and includes Rear Cross-Traffic Alert,
- Rear Park Assist and Side Blind Zone Alert with Lane Change Alert Rear Cross-Traffic Alert,
- Rear Park Assist and Side Blind Zone Alert with Lane Change Alert are standard on Premier Premier Confidence Package is available on Premier and includes Forward Collision Alert, Lane Departure Warning and Adaptive Cruise Control
- Hill hold/start assist
- Brake pre-fill feature Standard StabiliTrak electronic stability control system with all-speed traction control
- Four-wheel disc brakes with four-channel antilock braking system and electronic brake force distribution
The official launch of the Impala would only take place in 1957, already as a 1958 model. It was a special version of the Bel Air, superior in the hierarchy to the Biscayne and the basic model Del Rey. It was available in the convertible and hardtop versions. with the shape of a convertible) and anticipated the 1960s style, being longer, shorter, wider and heavier than the 1957 Chevrolet. The wheelbase grew by 64 mm, the length by 229 mm and it was 91 kg heavier. To move all this mass, a larger engine was available, with 348 cubic inches (diameter of 104.77 mm and stroke of 82.55 mm, 5,693 cm³), the Turbo-Thrust. Developed for the utilities of Chevrolet, it featured 250 horsepower gross in the basic version and 280 in the Super Turbo-Thrust with three double body carburetors. With plenty of torque at low revs, it was perfect for the Turboglide two-speed automatic transmission, first offered in 1957 replacing the traditional Powerglide for some time. Whether it was the relaxed convertible or the coupe, with its distinctive lanterns,
the Impala had qualities to captivate Americans, including the price of 283-pound Turbo-Fire (98.4 x 76.2 mm, 4.636 cm³) and mechanical injection Rochester continued to be offered. The basic versions came with the six-cylinder inline Blue Flame, the same as the first Corvette, with 235 pol3 (90,42 x 97,48 mm, 3,838 cm³). This should not be confused with the 3,768 cm³ (98.42 x 82.55 mm) 230 of our first Opalas, which was already a new engine, with crankshaft resting on seven bearings instead of four. The Impala’s formula was simple: style signed by the duo Harley Earl / Bill Mitchell, performance worthy of a sports car and amenities not found in the competition, all for the traditional low price of Chevrolets. The style was far superior to the one of the Fords of the same year, but still lost in harmony for the Chryslers, whose famous Plymouth Fury was until main star of horror film of John Carpenter. Several engine options catered to varying tastes, from the six-cylinder from 3.85 liters to the 5.7-liter V8, with up to 280 hp gross power The Impala featured two pairs of headlights, wraparound grille and bumper, reminiscent of the Cadillacs of previous years, a Harley Earl heritage that eventually gave the car the nickname “baby Cadillac”. It had a shorter roof than Bel Air’s, making it more sporty and slender, with a larger, more definite third volume. The six taillights began a tradition, which would only be broken by the 1959 model, and differentiated it from the lower versions, which had only four.
To reduce its height compared to the 1957 model, GM abandoned the chassis with parallel longitudinal struts and adopted a new, more rigid “X” layout that would make the lowriders and their hydraulic pumps later joyful … The rear suspension it went to helical springs instead of the semi-elliptical springs, in addition to the longitudinal levers and Panhard bar, essential for this type of spring. A problematic air suspension was optional, but it was the same system as the 1957 Cadillacs, then abandoned for bringing more inconvenience than benefits. Despite so many virtues, the Impala was not an immediate success. The economy was in a recession and consumers were cautious, prioritizing fuel economy performance, in a year in which only American Motors (Hudson and Nash merger) saw sales increase. But the car brought good expectations, causing Chevrolet to regain sales leadership lost to Ford almost 25 years ago. In 1959, a restyling made it even more far-fetched, with air intakes in the front and the “aircraft carrier deck” in the rear fenders The year 1959 would bring a little more personality to the Impala: it ceased to be a variation of Bel Air to become its own finish, replacing Bel Air at the top of the line. The denomination could be chosen in sedans, coupes, vans and convertibles.
The style was even more elaborate, with large air intakes above the grille and headlights and a waistline that was divided into two parts. The lower one formed the taillights, and the upper one, one of the most original designs ever seen: the rear “seagull wing”, which some preferred to call flat-top deck, aircraft carrier deck. By 1960 the style was already simpler and cleaner with fewer chrome and trim. It was the best selling car in the US The 1960s In 1960, the Impala was already the best-selling automobile in the United States. Harley Earl had passed on the position of head of style to Bill Mitchell, who, like all designers at the time, was casting aside the exaggerated appendages of the 1950s to adhere to a cleaner, chrome-less style still inspired by the space age . It was a clear evolution on the 1959 model, from which it inherited only the roof in all versions. In the following model year there was no longer any hint of wing in the design of the rear. Most Americans followed NASCAR, increasingly popular and exciting, with big cars competing as gladiators at medium speeds well over 200 km / h on huge oval circuits. A great marketing strategy, soon used by Chevrolet: the Impala SS (Super Sport) was born, the first of the “SS dynasty”, to this day.