1967 CHEVROLET IMPALA BACKGROUND Chevrolet, and all of GM for that matter, was riding high in 1967. The Impala was America’s best-selling car throughout the mid-60s at a time when that meant sales well in excess of a million units. Flush with cash, loaded with great models across their entire product line, and seemingly no one who could compete with them, GM was reskinning its cars every two years. Putting an entirely new sheetmetal skin on a car is not an easy or cheap process. It had to cost hundreds of millions for GM to go through this with all it’s cars, every two years, but they did it throughout the 1960s. Starting in the early 1970s, GM stretched this cycle out, but in 1967 it was time to reskin the Impala. This time, they gave it a decidedly sportier look, with aggressive fastback styling, a pronounced ‘Coke-bottle shape’, and fender bulges. And as always, following not just GM tradition, but Detroit tradition, the new car looked bigger than the last one. It was mostly a visual effect, created by skilled stylists, because the ’67 was almost identical in physical size to the ’66. Chevy was doing it with all its cars. Look at what they did to the Chevelle every two years. But the 1967 model year marked the end of boxy styling of the past, and foretold a more aerodynamic future. They were handsome cars, huge by today’s standards, but still very fast when equipped with a big block. One of my high school buddies got his mom’s ’67 Impala when she got a new car. It had the 325hp 396 in it and it was pretty darn fast for a big old boat. It surprised some people at stoplights.
1967 Chevrolet Impala SS 2-door Hardtop
1967 Chevrolet Impala SS Convertible
1967 Chevrolet Impala SS INTERIOR
1967 Chevrolet Impala ENGINES
ABOVE & BELOW: The 275-horse 327 small block V8 was a very common engine in the full-size 1967 Chevrolet Impala. Big blocks were also very common and popular. Both the 396 and the mighty 427 were available.