Interesting Questions, Facts and Information
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Interesting Questions, Facts, and Information
|The name Impala came from what type of a native African animal? ||Chevrolet Impala
gazelle/antelope. I wanted to include at least 1 very easy question. The Impala is a very quick running Gazelle-type of a creature native to Africa. Although, some might agree that the Elephant might better describe some of the early to mid 1970s full size Chevrolets! If you are like me you love them all anyway!
|What was an interesting aspect of the design of the frame of Impalas and other full size GM models from 1958 through 1964?||Chevrolet Impala
X frame. Beginning in 1958, General Motors went to an X-type frame under all of its full size cars, including the Impala. This remained the same until 1965 when GM designers went back to the more conventional ladder-type frame. Some people claimed that the X-frame was dangerous in side-impact collisions.
|What year was the "next generation" big block Chevrolet engine introduced?||Chevrolet Impala
1965. The 396 cubic inch Chevrolet "porcupine head" engine was available starting in 1965. This was available in the full size Chevrolets, the Corvette and rarely, in the Chevelle.
|What year did the first factory big block option appear for Impala models?||Chevrolet Impala
1958. Remember, the 348 was the first Chevy big block and it was available from the first Impala model in 1958.
|What was the first year that the Impala had a 327 V8 as an option?||Chevrolet Impala
1962. The 327 appeared in 1962 and could be ordered in any full size Chevrolet model. These fantastic engines also powered many Corvettes, Novas and Chevelles through the 1960's.
348. The 348 was known as a truck engine and was the first Chevrolet big block V8. It was available from 1958 through the 1961 model year.
|What was the first year that the Impala was a SEPARATE model, not the first model year?||Chevrolet Impala
1959. The Impala was first offered as an upgrade trim level option package for the 1958 Bel Air convertible and two-door sport coupe. Beginning in 1959, the Impala became a separate model.
100 mph. Go into your or someone elses Astro and see for yourself!
2. The cargo van has an unbelievable ratio of cupholders to people, which is 2:1.
300,000. The Astro commonly lives to 300,000 miles and above before the engine needs to be replaced.
3. There is no sliding door behind the driver's door.
Both sides and on back. On the earlier Astros, there was no Astro emblem on the back door.
1995. Many believe the answer was 1994, but in 1995, Chevrolet gave the Astro many new things, including new wheels.
1985. The Astro would become a success after 1985 and would appear in Chevrolet's lineup for the next 20 years and counting!
Nova. The word Nova means "doesn't go" in Spanish, but Chevrolet was thinking more along the lines of the sun and other celestial bodies. The front frames and rear axles interchanged for a number of years.
|What pony car from Chevrolet was built to compete with Ford's pony car, the Mustang?||Chevrolet Muscle Cars
Camaro. Chevrolet brought this muscle car onto the market in 1967 and sold it saying the name meant Comrade in French, but other linguists translated it to Spanish and said that Camaro meant a type of shrimp.
|When Ford came out with their car-truck mix, the Ranchero, Chevy had to come up with something to compete on the market with it. What was Chevy's car-truck mix called?||Chevrolet Muscle Cars
El Camino. The El Camino first came out on the body of an Impala, but this only lasted two years, from 1959-1960. Then it came back in 1964 on the base of a Chevelle. The Sprint was the car-truck mix combination from GMC.
|Prior to 1970 GM had a ban on engine sizes higher than how many cubic inches in intermediate sized cars?||Chevrolet Muscle Cars
400. After this ban was lifted it led to some of the highest powered cars of that era such as the LS6 454 V8's in the Chevelles and El Caminos.
1964. It came with four different motors, two 283s and two 327s. It wasn't top of line, but it would eventually become one of the fastest cars of that era.
The side vent wing windows were eliminated, and side-marker lights were added.. Thanks to "Astro Ventilation," General Motors eliminated the side vent wing windows on the 1968 Camaro and also added federally mandated side marker lights. Mechanically, the most significant change was the adoption of staggered rear shocks (one in front of the rear axle, one behind) to counteract wheel hop under hard acceleration.
The 1967 Camaro is the only Camaro that had a triangular vent window.
|Almost every first-generation Camaro has stripes of some kind along the body. Some even had stripes around the nose of the car. What were these "nose stripes" (included with the SS package) more commonly known as?||Chevrolet Camaro - The Early Years
Bumblebee Stripes. "Bumblebee Stripes" was especially fitting for a yellow Camaro with the stripes in black!
2. The two automatic transmission choices were the two-speed PowerGlide and the three-speed TurboHydraMatic.
$2,466. Wish new cars were still that price today!
Central Office Production Order.. Lots of different Chevrolet models were available as COPOs, including the Camaro, Chevelle, and Nova.
The RS/SS convertible powered by a 396 c.i. V-8.. The 1967 Pace Car was a 396 big-block car.
Later, in 1969, Chevy produced its second Camaro Indianapolis 500 pace car and offered replicas of the white RS/SS convertible with orange stripes and orange houndstooth upholstery to the public (the actual pace car was powered by a 396, but most of the replicas had 350s).
Rally Sport (RS). The RS package was the only one which included the hidden headlights. Packages could be combined such as the SS/RS to end up with an SS with hidden headlights, but it had to have the RS package included somewhere.
1-8-4-3-6-5-7-2. All small block Chevrolet V-8s use the same firing order, 1-8-4-3-6-5-7-2.