Survivor 1963 Chevrolet Impala

By: Unique Cars magazine

It may not be perfect, but Hiram's '63 Chev Impala still gets used

Meet Hiram from Dubbo and his 1963 Chevrolet. You could say the old thing (the car, that is) could do with a bit of attention, but it’s nevertheless loved and gets driven to work as long as it’s not raining outside.

This car was part of the third-generation Impala line-up, built from 1961 to 1964 in both two and four-door form, with convertibles and a wagon also on offer.

Typical for the period, there was a wide range of engine offerings, including a 230ci six, plus V8s in 283, 327, 409 and 427 capacities. The middle two where the most popular. You could also order three transmissions,: a three or four-speed manual, or the Powerglide auto. Most cars came with the latter.

This was a more conservative styling exercise, based on the Chevrolet B platform, with cleaner and simpler lines than its predecessors. It was still a big car, measuring 5.3 metres end-to-end.

The Impala name was first used on a 1956 hardtop, shown at the General Motors Motorama. The name is still used by GM, for the tenth-generation car.

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