Born in the Age of Rhythm and Blues & Blue Suede Shoes, the Impala was all about style.
It rocked and rolled its way into the hearts of America and went from being the Bel-Air Impala to its own model. As if swelling with pride, the car grew. It was longer, wider, and more ornate, with its signature cat’s-eye taillights and tail-fins second in size only to those on Cadillac’s. It was called “the wild one”.
The 59 Chevrolet was designer Harley Earl’s final, dramatic statement before his retirement. While “all new all over again” was GM’s apt description of its entire 1959 model series, it was the full-size Chevrolet that sparked the most controversy both within the industry and from observers.