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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

1968 Chevrolet Imapla, Biscayne, Caprice and Bel Air

1968 Chevrolet Impala Black-Front View-Top 50 Fastest Muscle Cars
1968 Chevrolet Caprice was a "classic" new roof, said this year's sales brochure. "Nothing on the road is more distinctly elegant." Again, complimentary luxuries made Whims and ashtray lights, an electric clock, and a center armrest - and wildest places and door panels. Carpets whim even ran up the side kick panels and door bottoms.
1968 Chevrolet Impala-Top 50 Fastest Muscle Cars
Promoted as "The Chevrolet Grand," Caprichos were heavily advertised and would eventually replace the Impala as an icon in the American psyche. "It can make you feel richer," the brochure continued. "The price a Chevrolet."

1968 Chevrolet Impala Black-Left View-Top 50 Fastest Muscle Cars
New windows were ventipanes but promised a higher profile. Astro Ventilation should pull outside air without having to open a window. Most Chevrolets have hidden windshield wipers. Retractable headlights cost $ 79, but few were sold, despite the appearance of front-end cleaner that helped to create. The formal Custom Coupe, previously an exclusive Caprice, became available as an Impala.

1968 Chevrolet Impala Dark Red-Rear View-Top 50 Fastest Muscle Cars
Front-ends pattern had a new face, while the rear bumper made triple "horseshoe" shaped taillights. Plush new interior has also helped attract buyers. Biscayne again served as the lowest price of life-size model - and looked at the paper. Bel Airs continued to attract middle-of-the-roaders, but overwhelmed in Impala sales charts, as it had for years.

1968 Chevrolet Impala Red-Top 50 Fastest Muscle Cars
The posh Caprice was coming strong, however, with 115,500 produced this season. So as sales climb Caprice, the Impala Super Sport's suffered a decline. No longer a separate series, the Super Sport package was a mere $ 179 option for both Impala coupes and convertibles. Only 38,210 Impalas were so equipped, including 1,778 with 427 cubic inch V-8 engine (dubbed SS 427).

1968s Chevrolet Impala-Top 50 Fastest Muscle Cars
Size cars could have a modest 250 cubic-inch six, a 307 cubic inch V-8, or a pair of 327s, or a power of 325-396 cubic inch V-8. Topping the list was the great 427, rated at 385 or 425 horsepower - enough force, even in a heavy Chevy. Decisions, decisions.

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