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’65 Chevy Impala station wagon

Continuing our celebration of 100 Years of Chevrolet, this week’s favorite Chevy goes back to the 1965 Impala station wagon owned by the parents of a friend — actually it was Herman’s company car (Herman was the Dad, and still the only Herman I’ve ever known). It was a beautiful dark Cypress Green with a light green all-vinyl interior (see photos for the colors). The “coolest” thing about it? It had factory air, unheard in our circle of friends. And it also had the optional “mag-style” wheel covers and the ahead-of-it’s-time am/fm radio. I wouldn’t mind owning one just like it right now.

nice color combo (Bel Air shown)

“mag” wheel cover

— Jim Corbran, You Auto Know

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  • Joseph Coppola

    MY FOLKE WERE “WAGON” PEOPLE. MY MOM’S LAST WAGON WAS AN OLDS VISTA CRUISER MAROON WITH FAUX WOOD PANNELS. IT WAS A BOAT. HAD DOORS LIKE A CHURCH

  • Jim

    My parents bought a new 66 Impala wagon back in the day. 327, AT, factory 3rd seat, that thing was a rocket and Dad was not bashful about stomping on it to pass some truck or camper on 219. I’d love to have that car today.

  • Greg Taylor

    Hey Jim. Did those have the 2 speed power glide transmissions or did they come later. One of my first cars was a 1969 Impala with the power glide. It wouldn’t shift until I got her up to 50 – 60 mph. I couldn’t afford to drive it because the thing drank gas like water.

    • Jim Corbran

      Greg, the Powerglide was available with all engines except the 396 cu. in., 427-hp version. With that one you had a choice of a three- or four-speed manual. I think Herman’s had the 283/Powerglide combo.

      Joe, Olds Vista Cruiser — cool! My last wagon was a ’95 Buick Century woodie — went over 200,000 miles before I retired it, still running.

  • Max

    That ’65 was a good looking machine. A high school buddy had a used Impala with the 283/Powerglide combination which offered solid performance. The only beef with the car he had was the front end was constantly going out of alignment. They real command big $$ on the classic car market these days.

  • Joseph Coppola

    YEAH THAT VISTA CRUISER! WHAT A TANK. MOM SOLD IT TO TO A PLUMBER FRIEND & HE HUALED HIS TOOLS AROUND IN IT. SHE REPLACED IT WITH A 2000 SUBARU FORESTER. SHE STOPPED DRIVING LAST SPRING @ THE AGE OF 90, & GAVE THE SUBARU TO MY SISTER, CHRIS LAST AUGUST. 11 YEARS OLD, 8500 (85 HUNDRED, NOT THOUSAND) MILES ON IT. THE ARCHTYPICAL “LITTLE OLD LADY” CAR

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