In 1964 GM and Chevrolet had the world as its kingdom. Long before OPEC and the early 1970′s Gas Crisis caused people to stop buying full size cars Chevy sold “One Million” Impala’s in 1964. Nobody made a better fullsize car for the price than Chevy. The Impala came in five different body styles. A four door sedan and hardtop, station wagon, convertible and the top selling two door hardtop. You could opt for many options and upgrades. For those looking to add some spice to their Impala you could get the “SS”. Engines choices ranged from the 265 horrsepower 283 “Small Block” v8 all the way up to the road burning 425 horsepower twin carbureted 409 V8. Perhaps the most popular upgrade was the 300 horsepower 327 small block V8. Transmission choices were a 3 speed manual, 4 speed or the outdated two speed powerglide. Options were plenty. You could fill your Impala with nice touches like power steering and brakes for easy handling. To make yourself more comfy A/C, power windows, seats and trunk were available. Starting at $2788.00 for a two door hardtop and weighing in at 3415 LBS your 1964 Impala was less than a dollar a pound. Chevy bragged that the Impala had “Jet Smooth” luxury. Riding on air was the Impala’s strong suit. maybe not the best thing for spirited handling but perfect for cruising while hold holding your favorite girl on the cushy bench seat. The Impala was about more value for you buck. In a comparision test Motor Trend Magazine gave it top honors over offerings from AMC, Ford and Chrysler. “Alot of car for not alot of money” Motor Trend proclaimed in its 1963 road test. Chevy would do a total re-style in 1965 and Impala sales would remain strong for years. When OPEC shut the pipe line down in 1973 large cars like the Impala became dinosours. GM would never recover and would lose market share to Japan and Europe year after year. The Impala was put to rest and re-born in a number of remakes. Todays Impala while a decent car is not very “Impala-like”. Bland and front wheel drive it will never recapture the glory days of 1964 when a million people the Impala a car and a legend. Chevy had some great TV commercials in 1964. Check out this vintage 1964 TV spot.
Monthly Archive: October 2011
Was driving home last night In Port Jeff Station and I was parked in traffic next to the “POOP B GONE” van. From what I understand it is a service that comes to your property and De-Pooperizes your yard. Just a few questions.. How low on the job food chain have you gotten that you can’t get a job at Taco Bell and are forced to go to Poop-B-Gone? What is the interview like? “Were do you see yourself in two years with Poop-B-Gone?” or “What special skills can you bring to Poop B Gone?” What happens to the doggie poop after they clean it up? What is the training like? “Ok trainee..now bend scoop, bend scoop, bend scoop” If you do great at your job do you get awarded the Silver Pooper Scooper? Do they charge more for different dogs? Poodle is $2.50 per scoop but a Great Dane is $6.50 per scoop. Let just say you’re a young dude who is a Pooper employee and you meet a pretty girl how do you tell her what you do for a living.. “Well you see I’m a canine excrement engineer” Not even Bill Clinton could spin that one.
Maybe they should send the Poop B Gone van over to both the Obama and Romney’s campaign headquarters. Seems like they both have been flinging a lot of you know what around for months. To be honest maybe it is not such a bad way to make a living. Make your own hours. The customer never argues with you. You get to be outside and you get to drive the Pooper Mobile. At my Auto Parts job I have been dealing with crap for 30 years. Maybe in some odd way I really do work for Poop B Gone..