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Impala, 1958-2000 (American Classics) Paperback – November 10, 2000

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Robert Genat is an accomplished author and photographer who has written 25 books for MBI Publishing. A self-proclaimed “gearhead,” Robert has restored two classic cars in the last 10 years (one of which was featured in a nationally syndicated television show), and has recently completed a chopped ’32 five-window coupe. He and his wife Robin own and operate ZoneFive Photo. Genat lives in Encinitas, California.
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Product Details

  • Series: American Classics
  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Motorbooks; 1st edition (November 10, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0760308055
  • ISBN-13: 978-0760308059
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 0.4 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,388,725 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
This book is great for the beginner like me who is new to the history of the Impala. It seems to cover all aspects from the beginning of the brand up to the present, however I found in somewhat incomplete when it came to the models 1967 - 1976. I would have liked more photos, front and back and at least one interior shot of what these models look like. Over all the book was quite informative and the photos of the early 58-66 were stunning. I just wish there was more for the 67-76 models.
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If your looking for a colerful history of the Impala, this is it. However, if you want detailed information on the '94-'96 Impala, keep on looking. The author gives enthusiastic reviews that I have to agree with completely, but if you want detailed information such as the total number of Impala's manufatured or overall vehicle performance, this book just won't do.
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I purchased this book to get an overview of the Impala, which during the 1960s sold in numbers car manufacturers today can only dream about. I was especially interested in the earlier cars from 1958-1970. It seems as though the authors did a great job covering the first seven years, then ran out of interest.

The strengths of this book are the quality of the pictures and details in the text of the cars up until 1966. It's well laid out, easy to read and gives some hint of the market that allowed Chevvy to sell these cars in their millions during the 1960s. Quite a few of the pictures are contemporary GM file pictures; others show restored or preserved cars and the color rendition is excellent.

But there are weaknesses too. We get no impression of what any of these cars are like to drive. Some quotes from contemporary road tests, or impressions of driving restored survivors today, would have given the whole book a more objective feel. It reads too much like a set of the GM press releases.

The book is very short on interior views, even though we are continuously told how the Impala brought Cadillac style motoring to the masses. The newer cars are dealt with in a summary fashion. I'd look elsewhere for a more objective and complete story - this book has whetted my appetite to know more about this car's amazing sales, but you won't find it here.
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Bought this for my Dad and I ended up loving it as much as he does. It's very informative and the pictures are great. He restores cars and I just knew I liked the way Impala's look. We had a lot of fun with this book.
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An exceptional publication with plenty of information and superb histories of the different models. The photography and layout are terrific.
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