Today I learned: The Chevrolet Impala is a millionaire
Geeking out on production numbers is pretty far down the car enthusiast rabbit hole, yet that’s where I found myself today. I read a passing mention about the total production for the 1965 Chevrolet Impala and simply thought the number was too big to be true. So I had to research it for myself.
That number is 1,046,500. In one year.
Let’s put that in proper perspective. Chevrolet produced 2.38 million cars in 1965, meaning just under half were Impalas. Many people would guess the Ford Mustang was the most popular car of 1965, yet it had a production run of 680,989—no where close to the Impala.
The 1.04 million total eclipses the production of Ford F-150 for 2017… by more than 150,000. The F-150 benefits from the boost of global sales, where the Impala was domestic sales only. Impalas made up 11.6 percent of 8,962,724 total production for U.S. automakers in 1965. That’s a feat that will likely go unmatched in modern times.
There are only a handful of cars that have joined the 1,000,000 club for a single model year; the Ford Model T and the VW Beetle are among them. If you aren’t impressed enough already, consider this: the Impala is the only one to do it two years in a row. That’s right, it surpassed the million mark again in ’66.