Last Thursday, the very last Chevrolet Impala rolled off GM’s assembly line. For those under a certain age, this represents little more than the demise of a model that wasn’t selling. For those with a longer memory, however, it’s a sad day in the history of the automobile. We’re bidding adieu to a nameplate that’s been with us since 1958.
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The last Impala, decked in red, will go to an actual customer and not to General Motors’ private collections. Hard not to feel from that that even the manufacturer seems indifferent to the model – the last unit produced should by all rights have found itself in a museum.
In recent years the Impala was assembled in General Motors’ Detroit-Hamtramck plant, alongside the Cadillac CT6. Production of that model also came to an end this February.