Chevrolet Impala 50th Anniversary Edition

top: 2008 Chevrolet Impala LT; bottom: 1958 Chevrolet Impala
top: 2008 Chevrolet Impala LT; bottom: 1958 Chevrolet Impala

Golden anniversary

Golden anniversary

It is not often that a single model from a brand gets to celebrate its 50th anniversary, but 2008 sees the Chevrolet Impala turning fifty. A special edition has been issued to celebrate the momentous occasion, appropriately called the 2008 Impala 50th Anniversary Edition and will go on sale in spring.

The Impala 50th is based on the Impala LT with some added bonuses like 18-inch alloy wheels, two-tone leather interior, leather steering wheel, ebony carpet and floor mats, anniversary badges on the sill plates and C-pillar and the FE3 Sport Suspension. It will also include a one-year upgrade to OnStar Directions and Connections package.

Power comes from a 3.5 liter V6 producing 211 hp (154 kW) and 290 Nm of torque (214 lb.ft) and is compatible with E85 ethanol fuel and regular gasoline.

A short Impala history can be found in the press release.

Source: GM Corp
Published Dec 31st, 2007 1:30pm By Frank de Leeuw van Weenen
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An iconic brand of America’s automotive market for half a century, Chevrolet’s venerable Impala celebrates its golden anniversary in 2008. Chevy is recognizing the milestone with a commemorative model.

Like the original 1958 edition, the 2008 Impala 50 th Anniversary Edition is distinguished with unique trim and amenities, giving customers a special product infused with the fun-to-drive spirit that has characterized the Impala for half a century.

“Chevrolet is thrilled to mark 50 years of the Impala,” said Ed Peper, Chevrolet general manager. “Few brands can claim such a heritage and throughout the decades, Impala has always stood for the value, performance and style that has made Chevrolet America’s car.”

The Impala 50 th Anniversary Edition goes on sale in spring 2008. It is based on the popular and well-equipped Impala LT, with the following unique and standard features:

  • FE3 Sport Suspension (replaces the FE1 Touring Suspension)
  • Four-wheel ABS
  • Eighteen-inch alloy wheels (replaces 16-inch wheels)
  • Rear spoiler
  • “50 th Anniversary” Impala badge on the C-pillar
  • Two-tone, leather-trimmed seats and “50 th” logo embroidered on the front headrests
  • Eight-way power-adjustable driver seat (replaces six-way adjustability)
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel with accent-color thread (includes audio controls)
  • Ebony carpet
  • Ebony floor mats with accent threading
  • “50 th” Anniversary emblem on the sill plates
  • Two premium exterior colors: Black Granite Metallic or Red Jewel Tintcoat

The 50 th Anniversary Impala also includes a one-year upgrade to the OnStar Directions and Connections package, including Turn-by-Turn Navigation.

Also standard is the Impala’s convenient flip-and-fold rear seats, the cushions of which flip forward to reveal a storage tub that serves as a covered storage area beneath the seat and offers convenient grocery bag hooks. A generous pass-through from the trunk can be created by flipping the seat bottoms forward and the seat backs flat – an exclusive feature in the midsize segment.

The 50 th Anniversary Impala is powered by a refined and efficient 3.5L V-6, rated at 211 horsepower (157 kW)* and 214 lb.-ft. (290 Nm)* of torque. Vehicles with federal emissions systems in the United States are equipped with the 3.5L engine, which is compatible with E85 ethanol fuel, allowing the vehicle to run on any combination of gasoline and/or E85.

When using gasoline only, the 3.5L-equipped Impala is EPA-rated at 29 mpg on the highway.

Impala history

Introduced in 1958 as a premium package for the full-size Bel Air, the Impala was an immediate sales success, selling approximately 60,000 units. It was designated a stand-alone model in 1959 and offered top-of-the-line amenities and performance, including a 335-horsepower (250 kW), 348-cubic-inch (5.7L) V-8 engine. Sales increased to approximately 175,000.

As Chevrolet’s full-size platform evolved throughout the 1960s, so did the Impala. The model range included coupes, sedans and convertibles – with early-year models distinguished by their six-taillamp rear styling. Other full-size Chevy models had only four taillamp lenses.

In 1961, the performance-oriented Impala SS was introduced. Today, it is considered by many to be one of the first true muscle cars, with power coming from a variety of standard and optional engines, including a 409-inch V-8 that produced one horsepower per cubic inch. Only 142 409-powered SS models were built that inaugural year, but 409-powered Impalas would go on to be scourge of drag strips across the country and the subject of a popular song.

For 1965, the full-size platform was redesigned and the Impala was all-new. Customers responded to the sleek, new design with enthusiasm. More than 1 million Impalas were sold that model year, setting a sales record that has since gone unmatched.

New-generation Impalas were introduced in 1971 and 1977, with the ’77 models featuring “downsized” styling that still offered full-size accommodation, but with more compact and efficient exterior dimensions. The re-sized Impalas carried the brand into the mid-1980s, when the name was changed to Caprice.

The Impala returned in 1994 as the high-performance Impala SS – a sinister-looking muscle car built with the heavy-duty powertrain and suspension components of the Caprice police car package. It was a sellout success for three consecutive model years, bowing out only with the end of production of GM’s full-size rear-drive platform.

After a three-year hiatus, the Impala name returned again for 2000 on Chevy’s full-size, front-drive architecture. That seventh-generation Impala proved popular, but greater success came with the refined eighth-generation model, which was introduced for 2006.

Sales jumped nearly 18 percent in 2006, reaching nearly 290,000 units. Sales increased again in 2007, up more than 11 percent through November and challenging the sales rate of key competitors such as the Honda Accord.

*SAE certified.

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unknownuser unknownuser
We bought the 50th aniversary edition Impala, don't know why there are so many unhappy people out there, but both my wife and I love this car. Decent mileage for this size car and handles very good especially on icey roads. Course we are a couple that can't purchase a new car every year and are very happy to have something nice like this Impala!!
Dec 23rd, 2008 6:07am
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unknownuser unknownuser
To all of you who are really dogging out the Impala, you obviously have not driven it. I personally have an LTZ and it is one of the best BANG FOR YOUR BUCK cars you can get. I have a 3.9L that takes out Porsche boxters ... ok yes it's a boxter but c'mon a 30K+ ride " sports car" vs a Mid size sedan ...c'mon now. The torque is awesome, and gas milage is GREAT! I honestly wish I had got the SS but may get that one as well and give this one to my g/f. I think Chevy hit the market well with it. Power, room, elegant/sporty style, all characteristics of the Impala's history ... well maybe with the exception of the previous model which was pretty hideous, but they definitely revived themselves with this one. Trust me, take one out on a test drive and I'm almost positive you will change your thoughts. Oh and hofmeyer... Just thought you might want to know that the 2010 is supposed to come out REAR WHEEL DRIVE boasting the same V8's that will be in the much anticipated NEW CAMARO! Now THAT should be interesting.
Mar 15th, 2008 7:54am
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vt1995 vt1995
The website is useful and the information that are posted are attractive.I hope that I can get more references.
Jan 4th, 2008 7:13pm
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radmeister radmeister
I guess it was the only real way to celebrate 50 years of making junk, by badging their newest piece of junk.
Jan 2nd, 2008 2:34pm
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hofmeyer hofmeyer
stick another silly badge on a poorly engineered car. maybe gm can put it next to the "SS" badge, after all, front drive V-6's simply must have an SS badge. i suppose these geniuses will make the new camaro front drive, make the interior plastic out of milk jugs and have a retro 1970's badge the size of a trash can lid.
Jan 1st, 2008 10:52pm
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benz_man benz_man
LOL, why does it really look like milk jug plastic though!
Jan 3rd, 2008 2:51am
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Blaconque Blaconque
im afraid to say that not only the empala have a bad looking like that!!
Jan 1st, 2008 8:11am
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foose1397 foose1397
I really don't know how that very last paragraph is true, cuz this is one of the ugliest pieces of sheet metal out there past the Chrysler Sebring
Jan 1st, 2008 3:04am
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gugas gugas
eas722, I agree with you. What a boring car the new one!
Jan 1st, 2008 12:25am
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Beybaba Beybaba
new chevrolet's suck too much in my opinion, they should've named the car something but not impala. they should be ashamed for continuing the impala with this piece of s***.
Dec 31st, 2007 8:21pm
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vt1995 vt1995
ok!I'm looking forward to the car.
Dec 31st, 2007 7:56pm
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