So after 62 years the celebrated Impala badge will no longer grace the highway, this is another sad example of the change in the mode of transport away from the traditional sedan.
“Just as the Impala evolved over the years, the market has shifted dramatically and demand for sedans has declined and we adjusted to meet customer needs,” Steve Majoros, vice president of Chevrolet marketing, told The Detroit News.
The Impala first debuted in 1958 and ran until 1985 before being reintroduced briefly in the 1990’s then fully returning in 2000.
There is an excellent feature on the Impala over at the GM Heritage Center Website called “Chevrolet Impala – Something For Everyone” you can find the article here
When it comes to sport trucks, the late ’90s and early ’00s were the heyday for manufacturers to make trucks with big engines for the masses. Ford was tossing out some of the most desirable vehicles with trucks like the 2000 Ford Lightning seen here. This second-generation 2000 Ford Lightning was the second year that the Lightning was available after being off the market for three years between significant changes to the F-150 truck that underpinned the Lightning.
The Lightning used a 5.4-liter supercharged V8 engine that makes 360 horsepower and 440 pound-feet of torque. It was fitted with a 4-speed automatic transmission. This particular example looks brand new because it essentially is with only 537 miles on the odometer. This truck is unlikely to find a buyer who will drive it; it’s more of an investment with the hope of future appreciation.
The ’93 Cobra and Lightning were the first machines out of the Ford Special Vehicle Team program. The Contour SVT came out a few years later and was the factory-hot-rod version of the Detroit-ized Ford Mondeo
Article from Murilee at Autoweek, I can say with some confidence that this car would not be in a junkyard in the UK 🙂