There is a reason that GM downsized its full-size line in 1977, and this car is it. Just look at the distance between the B-pillar and the bumper – I bet you could part a VW Rabbit in just that span. That’s not to say it’s entirely unattractive; there are some very interesting details, like the bowed rear glass, the character line that starts at the top of the door and gracefully falls down the rear quarter, and that monstrous opera window. Taken as a whole, however, the car is simply bloated and oversized in every way – except usable passenger space. While not as ostentatious as other late-70’s coupes, this is definitely the last gasp of the “bigger is better” mentality that gripped Detroit in this period. There was nowhere to go from here but smaller.
October 1, 2013
As Seen on Craigslist – 1975 Chevy Impala