is afull-sizeautomobile built by theChevroletdivision of General Motors. One of America'smost successful nameplates, the Impala became the best-selling automobile when full-sized cars dominated sales.
Ed Cole, Chevrolet's chief engineer in the late 1950s, defined the Impala as a "prestige car within the reach of theaverage American citizen." From 1958 until 1965, the Impala was Chevrolet's most expensivefull-size car. In 1965,Chevrolet introduced the more-expensiveCaprice. In the late sixties, the Impala was typically positioned justbelow the topluxury trim, the Caprice, and above the more economicalmodelslike theBiscayneor theBelAir.The Impala, named for asouthern African antelope, is most readily distinguished by having three pairs of taillights,where most contemporary cars have two. It competed in the market against other full-size cars such as theFordGalaxie 500and thePlymouth Fury.The
was amodelof carproduced byDodge. The 1966 to 1974 Chargers were sporty models basedon theChrysler B platformthat could be ordered with high-performance options. The 1975 to 1978 Chargers werebased on theChrysler Cordoba. The Dodge Charger R/T was one of the largest muscle cars available in the 1970s.