Impala Throughout the Years

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The Chevrolet Impala, available at Classic Chevy, was first offered for sale as a 1958 model year. This was the only year in that first generation run. The second generation lasted longer and ran from 1959 through 1960. Eventually, after the seventh generation, which ran from 1994 through 1996, the Impala was discontinued. Chevrolet brought it back in 2000 for the eighth generation. Since then, the Impala has run through two more generations: It is now on its tenth generation, which started in 2014.

While the Impala wasn’t offered for sale until the 1958 model year, the name was in use in 1956. That specific vehicle was a full-sized vehicle built for the General Motors Motorama show. The 1956 Impala took many cues from the Corvette, including the grille. While the ’56 probably didn’t survive unless some collector is hiding it in his barn, the Impala name did.

The Impala was built on an “A” body, which it shared with Pontiac. The first year, the Impala was available as a two-door hardtop or convertible and had a choice of three engine and three different transmissions, including the two-speed Powerglide.

The second generation saw many changes. The Impala had five different models: a two-door convertible, coupe and hardtop; and a four-door hardtop and sedan. It offered three different engines and five different transmissions, including a new Turboglide automatic.

Chevrolet kept up with the times, changing the body style and available engines and transmission throughout the years. The seventh generation, which ran from 1994 through 1996, gave consumers a four-door sedan on the “B” body platform. It featured a 5.7-liter LT1 V-8 (small block 350) and a 4L60-E automatic four-speed transmission.

The 1996 Impala – the last year this model was available until it was resurrected in 2000 – got body-colored trim, a new unique grille, 17-inch brushed aluminum wheels, and more. After 1996, all “B” body cars – the Caprice, Impala SS and Buick Roadmaster – were discontinued.

Chevrolet decided to bring the Impala back. The eighth generation of this iconic vehicle ran from 2000 through 2005. It was offered as a four-door sedan built on the “W” body, and it featured a front-wheel driver powertrain. Consumers had a choice of three different engines and two different four-speed automatic transmissions.

The current tenth generation went into production in 2013. This generation also features only the four-door sedan.

While the 2015 model year is not yet available at Classic Chevrolet, keep your eye on it – it is expected to be a bi-fuel model. It will run on gas or compressed natural gas and is expected to go up to 500 miles on one fill-up. Stop by our dealership or keep an eye on this space for more information on the 2015 model year as it becomes available.

2014 Chevy Equinox 2LT

Sometimes getting the vehicle you want is just out of reach because of pricing – and you prefer not to lease. Chevrolet took that into consideration with its 2014 Chevy Equinox 2LT, which is available at Classic Chevy. You can get this crossover for a reasonable price – and you’ll be getting exactly what you want in an SUV.

The 2014 Equinox features a 2.4-liter engine with spark ignition direct injection and variable valve timing. It is backed by a six-speed automatic transmission with overdrive. This combination makes 182 horsepower at 6,700 rpm and 172 pound-feet of torque at 4,900 rpm. The 3.23 gear helps to give the Equinox some power from a dead stop.

Safety and security features include brake assist, hill start assist, four-wheel antilock disc brakes, daytime running lights, tire pressure monitoring system, traction control, StabiliTrak electronic stability control system and OnStar, which includes six months of Automatic Crash Response, Directions and Connections, Stolen Vehicle Assistance, turn-by-turn navigation and roadside assistance.

Airbags include dual stage frontal airbags with a passenger-sensing system, Thorax side-impact seat-mounted airbags, head curtain and side front and rear airbags for the outboard seating positions.

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Convenience features include deluxe front heated bucket seats, power lumbar for the driver’s seat, a front center console with covered storage, rear center armrest with cup holders, leather-wrapped steering wheel with mounted cruise and audio control, a tilt and telescopic steering column, express down on all four door windows, programmable power door locks, remote keyless entry, panic button, illuminated entry, remote start, rear vision camera, theft deterrent system, automatic climate control, rear window defogger, four auxiliary 12-volt power outlets, and a driver information center.

The driver information center includes vehicle information menu, trip information menu and a compass display. Menu items include tire pressure, oil life, two trip meters, average fuel economy, fuel range, average vehicle speed and instant fuel economy.

Additional features include a self-dimming rearview mirror, illuminated vanity mirrors for the driver and front passenger, front and rear assist handles and interior lighting with theatre-dimming, center-mounted dome, cargo area lights, map lights and ambient lighting on the center stack surround and center console cup holders.

Stop by Classic Chevrolet to learn more about the safety, security, entertainment and convenience features of the Equinox 2LT and to take a test drive.

Great Side for Your Next Picnic

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Summer is almost over, so that means you need to plan some picnics before it’s too late. Certain recipes just cry out for some time near the lake or at the top of a hiking trail. You can make life really easy by making some of the recipes – a portion or all of a recipe – ahead of time. Pack everything into your Classic Chevy and head out for a day of fun.

Three-Bean Salad with Creamy Lemon Dressing

For the dressing:

  • ½ cup plain Greek yogurt (whole milk)
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 Tbs. fresh lemon juice
  • ½ tsp. finely minced garlic
  • ½ tsp. kosher salt

For the salad:

  • 1 pound each of green and yellow beans, trimmed and washed
  • 2 Tbs. olive oil
  • 2 medium red onions, thinly sliced
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • 3 plum tomatoes
  • 1 15-ounce can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
  • ½ cup packed basil leaves, washed and dried, finely chopped
  • Salt and pepper to taste

For the dressing, whisk the yoghurt and olive oil until it’s creamy. Add the lemon juice, garlic and salt, then whisk until it’s creamy again. Set the dressing aside.

For the salad, add the beans to boiling water and 2 tsp. salt. Cook the beans for 4 to 5 minutes. Transfer the beans to a bowl of ice water to stop the cooking process. Drain and refill the bowl with cold water, then drain and set the beans aside.

Saute the onions in 2 Tbs. olive oil over medium-low heat for about 10 minutes. The onions should be soft. Sprinkle them with ¼ tsp. salt, then set aside.

Combine the beans, onions, tomatoes and basil in a large bowl. Pour the dressing on top and toss. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Let set at room temperature for about 15 minutes, then serve.

This recipe can be made ahead and kept in a cooler until you are ready for dinner. Serve with your favorite baby back rib recipe and favorite dessert recipe. Be sure to pack everything into your Classic Chevrolet when you leave the picnic area, especially if you are picnicking in a wooded area with no garbage receptacles.

Top Adventure Spots in the Hill Country

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If you just bought a new vehicle or had your current vehicle serviced at Classic Chevy, it’s time to take a road trip to Hill Country. With a new vehicle or just-serviced vehicle, you don’t have to worry about breaking down and you can take a trip in comfort. Head out this weekend to smell lavender, mine for topaz, take a hike or even just go for a drive.

Take time to smell the flowers. Regardless of the season, you can drive out to hill country and see fields of flowers. To find the most beautiful blooms of the season, stop by any small-town café and ask the locals – they will be able to tell you what is in season and where to find it. Lavender and bluebonnets start blooming in May. Also, the Texas Department of Transportation Wildflower Hotline can help you find blooms. Call the Texas Department of Transportation’s Wildflower Hotline at (800) 452-9292.

Dig for topaz in Mason County – that is the only place you’ll find this gem. Topaz is clear or blue-tinted and are usually close to the surface near granite outcroppings in ditches or creek beds. You can hunt for all the topaz you want at Lindsay Ranch. For more information, call the ranch at (325) 347-0475.

If flowers and digging for gems are not exciting enough, take a hike to Gorman Falls. It’s along a wildflower drive – State 16 through Llano and Ranch Road 501 to Colorado Bend State Park. The hike is a 1.5-mile trek through some rugged ranch country. Make sure you have the proper clothing and gear – the last 100 yards is a steep, rocky trail that leads down to the falls. Gorman Falls is made of about six cascades that fall from a 60-foot limestone cliff into a grotto surrounded by fern and moss.

If the physical trip isn’t your thing, drive Scenic Highway 16 for the 30 miles through Hill Country between Kerrville and Medina. You’ll see ancient live oaks, yucca plants, limestone outcrops and more. Be sure to have your camera ready – and bring your patience with you. Not that there’s much traffic, but other drivers may be taking in the scenery at a leisurely pace.

Stop by Classic Chevrolet before you head out to make sure your vehicle is ready for the trip – or if you’re in the market for a new vehicle, now is the time to buy or lease.

Southern Adventures

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If you’ve worked all summer you and have not taken a vacation yet, it’s time to take some “me” time. Jump in the new truck you just bought from Classic Chevy – or your newly serviced car – and head out to one or more of these great southern vacation spots.

The National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, located at 1700 NE 63rd St. Oklahoma City, OK 73111, is open from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. daily, except for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day. Adult admission is $12.50, seniors and students with a valid ID get in for $9.75, children aged 4 to 12 get in for $5.75 and children 3 years and younger are free. Current exhibits include Making Change and Cowboys of Influence. Fall exhibits will include Cowboy Artists of America 49th Annual Sale and Exhibition, Traditional Cowboy Arts Association 16th Annual Exhibition and Sale, Cowboy Crossings, and several other exhibitions and sales.

Frontier City is located at 11501 N I-35 Service Road, Oklahoma City, OK 73131 and is now open on the weekends. Events include the All-American Rejects Concert on August 23, 2014. Gates open at 6:00 p.m. and Paperscissor starts performing at 7:00 p.m. All-American Rejects perform at 8:00 p.m. Other shows include The World of Magic in the Opera House at 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m., The Wild-West Gunfighter Stunt Show at Crack Axle Canyon at 1:00 p.m., 4:45 p.m. and 6:45 p.m., and many more.

Visit the Alamo at 300 Alamo Plaza, San Antonio, Texas 78205, to learn about the history of the Alamo and to remember those who died during the 1836 battle for Texas’s fight for freedom. Take any one of the tours and work on projects related to preserving the Alamo and its history. If you visit the right day, you just might see a well-known author set up for a book signing.

Take a trip to Louisiana to visit the French Quarter in New Orleans. Live the culture by eating in local restaurants – don’t pick one that has typical food you can get in a restaurant at home; visit America’s most haunted neighborhood; shop the local stores and enjoy a relaxing cultural vacation.

Be sure to bring your camera no matter where you go! Visit Classic Chevrolet when you get back to share pictures, get your vehicle serviced if you didn’t do it before you left, or even to buy that new vehicle you’ve been thinking of!

The 2015 Chevy Camaro at Classic Chevrolet

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Sometimes, you just have to have that second vehicle – or third… and it has to be something special. If you’re ready to get your dream car, stop by Classic Chevy to test drive the 2015 Chevrolet Camaro. The 2015 model year features a 7.0-liter engine backed by a six-speed manual transmission.

The engine features a dry sump oil system. It makes 505 horsepower at 6,100 rpm and 481 pound-feet of torque at 4,800 rpm. The transmission is mated to a limited slip differential with a 3.91 gear ratio. Stopping power is provided by Brembo four-wheel ABS disc brakes, six-piston performance calipers in the front and four-piston performance calipers in the rear.

Safety and security features include StabiliTrak, including traction control, daytime running lamps, Directions and Connections for six months, dual-stage frontal airbags, thorax side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger airbags, head curtain side impact airbags, front and rear outboard seating side airbags and a passenger sensing system.

Additional features include the LATCH system for child safety seats, a tire pressure monitoring system, and a trunk emergency release handle. The Directions and Connections plan includes automatic crash response, roadside assistance, stolen vehicle assistance and turn-by-turn navigation.

Convenience Features

The easy-to-clean seats feature leather and sueded microfiber inserts, a floor console, armrest, a driver’s side dead pedal, alloy pedals, a three-spoke sueded microfiber-wrapped flat bottom tilt and telescopic steering wheel, driver information center, remote keyless entry, express up and down windows, cruise control with steering wheel-mounted controls, an air filtration system, trunk release, theft deterrent system, locking glove box, power outlets and a rear window defogger.

Additional features include cup holders, map pockets, vanity mirrors for the driver and passenger, front reading lamps, halogen headlights, intermittent wipers and power adjustable door mirrors.

Entertainment features

The Camaro features an AM/FM stereo, CD player, MP3 playback, Graphic Information display, music navigator, auxiliary jack, SiriusXM radio and Bluetooth. The radio controls are also mounted on the steering wheel.

Stop by Classic Chevrolet today to test drive the Chevy Camaro and to learn more about all of the standard features and available options.

Awesome Specials at Classic

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Classic Chevrolet is having a summer drive event – and that means it’s the perfect time to test drive a new Chevy. You can save a ton on several vehicles whether through financing or on the principal. Several vehicles also have no payments for 90 days. Stop by today and ask about our vehicles that have awesome specials.

  • 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe LS for just $39,967. There are only three at this price.
  • 2014 Chevrolet Cruze LS for just $14,578. There is only one at this price, so if you just have to have a Cruze, head over to our DFW dealership now. Also, no payments for 90 days.
  • 2014 Chevrolet Silverado Crew 2WT for just $29,665. We have five units at this price. No payments for 90 days.
  • 2014 Chevrolet Suburban LS for just $38,863. We have only one at this price. Furthermore, there are no payments for 90 days – or you can choose 0 percent APR for 60 months.
  • 2014 Malibu LS for just $18,979. There is only one available at this price.
  • 2014 Chevrolet Impala LS for just $22,924. There are 11 at this price. These units also have no payments for 90 day – or you can choose 0 percent APR for 60 months.
  • 2014 Chevrolet Camaro LS for just $20,925. We have only one unit at this price, so hurry down to take advantage of this special!
  • 2014 Chevrolet Traverse LT – we have 31 2014 model years left in stock. You can take $5,000 off the purchase price of any 2014 model year.
  • 2014 1-Ton Express 12-foot Spartan for only $29,989. This versatile box truck features a 4.8-liter V-8 engine, an automatic transmission and air conditioning.
  • 2013 ¾-ton Chevrolet Silverado for just $27,989. This is a new truck with a 6.0-liter V-8 engine, an automatic transmission, power locks and air conditioning.
  • Look for our add coupons: $500 down payment assistance on any new vehicle; $500 GM accessories with the purchase of any new vehicle; or $500 trade allowance with the purchase of a new vehicle.

Stop by Classic Chevy today to test drive any of these vehicles, additional vehicles we have on sale or any other vehicle on the lot. Be sure to ask your salesperson about all specials and for a complete list of standard features on the vehicle you are interested in.

The 2015 Chevy Suburban at Classic Chevrolet

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If you are in the market for a Suburban with all of the bells and whistles, stop by Classic Chevy to test drive the 2015 Chevrolet Suburban 4WD LTZ. This four-wheel drive model features tons of safety equipment and technology to keep your family safer while on the road.

Security and safety features include four-wheel antilock disc brakes, OnStar and an automatic occupant sensing system for the airbag. The sensing system determines whether there is a passenger in the front seat and whether that passenger is a child. Additional airbags include front driver and passenger frontal and side impact airbags and seat-mounted side impact and head curtain side impact airbags for all rows. The Suburban also features StabiliTrak, a stability control system with traction control and brake assist.

Additional features include a rear vision camera, front and rear parking assist, a rear cross traffic alert sensor indicator, side blind zone alert with lane change alert, forward collision alert sensor indicator, lane departure warning, safety alert seat, the LATCH system for child seats and a tire pressure monitoring system.

Convenience features include heated and cooled power front seats. The driver’s seat has 12 positions and the passenger seat has six positions. The driver seat has two memory positions, four-way power lumbar and power recline. The second row bucket seats are also heated. The third row is a 60/40 split bench with power fold.

The floor console features storage, cup holders, an SD card slot and an auxiliary jack. The steering column is features power tilt and telescoping features, a leather-wrapped, heated steering wheel and theft deterrent locking feature. The steering wheel also features mounted audio, cruise and driver information controls.

The door locks are power programmable and feature lockout protection. Additionally, the Silverado features passive entry, remote keyless entry and remote vehicle start. The windows are all power and all have express down. The front windows also feature express up. The cruise control is electronic with set and resume, though you can order adaptive cruise control. The brake and gas pedal are power adjustable.

Furthermore, the Silverado features tri-zone automatic climate control with individual setting for the driver, right front passenger and rear passengers. The rear window features a defogger.

For a complete list of features and additional options, stop by Classic Chevrolet to take the 2015 Suburban for a test drive.

Events Coming Up In DFW

It’s time to buy a new vehicle when you start putting more money into repairs than what your monthly payment is – or was, if you’ve kept your vehicle for over five to seven years. Or, maybe you just think it’s time for a change. Stop by Classic Chevy today to test drive your next vehicle, whether it’s a work truck, high-end truck with all the bells and whistles, a sedan, an SUV or even a sports car. After you drive your new vehicle home, you’ll be ready to head out on the town for some fun events – and to show off your new wheels.

Visit the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden during August Dollar Days and the dog days of summer. During the entire month of August 2014, general admission is only $1for non-members. Members still get in free and have free parking year-round. Kids will enjoy the Children’s Adventure Garden – eight acres of fun. Adults will enjoy everything the arboretum and botanical garden has to offer – and be sure to bring a camera. The Dallas Arboretum is located at 8525 Garland Road, Dallas, Tex., 75218.

Skyline Trapeze offers flying trapeze classes in Dallas until October 31, 2014. Classes are offered for children and adults – and you’ll get an excellent view of the Dallas skyline. Even those with no experience will enjoy the fun. You can also plan team building events and group parties. The Skyline Trapeze classes are located at Skyline Trapeze Rig, 101 Turtle Creek Boulevard, Dallas, Tex., 752047.

DFW Restaurant Week is on! Starting August 11, 2014 and running until August 17, 2014, you’ll be able to dine at many restaurants in on the list of participants. The restaurants will be offering prix fixe dinners for $35 or $45 and lunches for $25. Twenty percent of each meal goes to support North Texas Food Bank, located in Dallas, and Lena Pope, located in Ft. Worth, to help local families and children in need. For more information and a list of participating restaurants, visit dfw.cbslocal.com/2014/06/17/faq-dfw-restaurant-week-2014/.

While the events are local, you can end up doing a lot of driving. If you service your current vehicle or buy or lease a new vehicle from Classic Chevrolet, you’re sure to have a great time without worrying about an older vehicle breaking down on you – and you’ll do it in style, too.

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Top Road Trip Destinations in Texas

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If you’ve ever had a hankering for an old-timey fountain soda, you can still get one – just plan some day trips in the new Chevy you bought from Classic Chevrolet. While you’re in the area, you might plan to visit parks, museums and attractions in the area, making a day or a weekend of your trip.

The Airport Diner, located in Fredericksburg, Texas, was built after tons of research on old diners. When you walk in, it’s like walking back in time as you take in the stainless steel, black granite countertops, terrazzo floors and booths of the 1940s. The Airport Diner is located next to the Hangar Hotel near the Gillespie County Airport aircraft parking ramp. You can enjoy lunch, including the Bomber Burger and the C47 (chicken fried chicken) while you watch planes take off and land. You can also have breakfast anytime during the diner’s hours. You’ll also enjoy floats, shakes, sundaes, banana splits and more. Hours are Wednesday through Friday from 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m., Saturday from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m., and Sunday from 8:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. The diner is closed on Monday and Tuesday. The address is 155 Airport Road, Fredericksburg, Texas, 78624.

Old Docs Soda Shop, located in Dublin, lets you taste some of the great old flavors including Orange Cream, Dublin Vintage Cola, Cherry Limeade and Vanilla Cream right from their antique soda fountain. Enjoy a Triple XXX Root Beer Frosty or a cola float while you take a break from visiting the sights in Dublin. Other sights include the Dublin Bottling Works, the birthplace of Dr. Pepper, the Dublin Bottling Works museum and the W.P. Kloster Museum annex. The soda shop is open Monday through Sunday from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. They are located at 105 E. Elm, Dublin, Texas.

Before you head out on a road trip, be sure to have your Chevy serviced at our service department. If you are in the market for a new vehicle, stop by to test drive a Silverado, Tahoe, Corvette, SS, Camaro or any of the other vehicles at Classic Chevy. If you visit our website before you head over, you will get a good idea of the standard features available on every model and trim level.