Transition To The Late 50s Chevrolet (The Quick Gear Changes)


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Part 3 of 3

Finally, I found the time to work on this blog and finish up this 3 part story of the late 50s Chevrolets I started a while ago. It is a story that I remember and one of the key events in General Motors sales successes of that period. Right in the middle of this period, Chrysler skipped a model year in 1957, bribing the 1958 models to market a year earlier than planned. This is chronacheled on the site in a blog post from a few years ago.

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I think the 1959 was the epitome of the “Rocket Ship Styling” craze that was visible in all of General Motors cars during the second half of that decade. This is also only the second year that Chevy offered its high end Impala model that it carried for many years.
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What a car! Those were the days.

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One quote about the size of the 1959 cars caught my eye.

Auto tester Tom McCahill, of Mechanix Illustrated, declared that a Chevy’s decklid had “enough room to land a Piper Cub.” Chevrolet eschewed the triple-taillight rear style this year with a very large, single controversial “teardrop” taillight at each side.

So, that’s it. From 1955 until 1959 the Chevrolet evolved quickly. Take your pick for favorites. Me, I like the ’59 Impala.

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So, that’s it. From 1955 until 1959 the Chevrolet evolved quickly. Take your pick for favorites. Me, I like the ’59 Impala.

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