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#27446 of 30871 Re: '74 Impala [uplanderguy]
Jan 05, 2013 (7:00 am)
It's odd that the car we had was fitted with what the brochure calls "sport cloth" seats. I can't understand why a Budget rental would be ordered with that. Actually I don't think I've ever seen what the brochure calls the standard cloth in any '74. All I've seen are the herringbone pattern.
#27447 of 30871 Re: '74 Impala [ab348]
Jan 05, 2013 (7:28 am)
I think a full-size Chevy of that 'porker' era I could've enjoyed, would have been a '75 Impala Sport Coupe, fully loaded, wire wheelcovers (I hated the '75 full wheelcovers), the saddle-colored 'Sport Cloth' seats with 50/50 front seat, the couple of extra gauges....the end of an era at Chevy (full-size true hardtop coupe).
I never liked on the '73 and '74, how the side molding went over top of the front wheel opening and right up to the front of the car.
BTW, the '74 full wheelcovers were the '70 wheelcover. I never knew Chevy to do that before. Similarly, the '75 Monza Towne Coupe wheelcovers were early-Corvair.
#27448 of 30871 Re: '74 Impala [uplanderguy]
Jan 05, 2013 (9:57 am)
One of the things Chevy did with that generation after a while was introduce a styling feature on the Caprice one year, then move it to the Impala the next year. This seemed most prevalent with the '75 and '76 Impalas, which looked much like the previous-year Caprices.
One thing I never realized is that when they killed off the BelAir in the US in '76 they introduced an Impala S stripper model that was much the same. Here in Canada the BelAir lived on for a few years more.
GM afflicted the Impala with that sport cloth material for years, starting I believe in '73. By '76 they had changed the pattern a bit and it looked like a Herb Tarlek sports coat.
#27449 of 30871 Re: '74 Impala [ab348]
Jan 05, 2013 (10:39 am)
Yeah, I know what you mean. It became a plaid. I will say I saw a '76 Impala wagon once, older but clean, for sale and it had a bright red interior with whitish/reddish plaid 'sport cloth'. I kind of liked it for the red interior that wasn't seen that often anymore. A friend was looking at it for his wife and she was horrified!
#27450 of 30871 Re: '74 Impala [ab348]
Jan 05, 2013 (1:57 pm)
That Impala "S" model was a stripper outside...like a Bel Air, but it still had the regular Impala's interior trim and materials.
#27451 of 30871 Re: '74 Impala [ab348]
Jan 06, 2013 (5:28 am)
You're right about giving the Impala the 'Caprice' look the next year. I first noticed that, on the '75 Impala, with it's '74 Caprice frontal treatment. You're right, it is most apparent on the '76 Impala/'75 Caprice.
#27452 of 30871 Re: Valiant [hpmctorque]
Jan 06, 2013 (5:56 am)
When Plymouth introduced a fastback Valiant--the Duster, in '70--sales really took off. Mopar sold more compacts than Ford or GM, and that is saying something back then. At the time, I liked the '68-72 Nova styling--saw it as 90% Chevelle--but grew tired of it as they are so popular at shows and such. We had a '73, but I hated the '73 and '74 revisions. Liked the '75 a lot when it came out, although all these years later not sure I like the two doors' side window/vent treatment.
A coworker had a '72 Duster in around '81. Being weaned on GM's, I thought it was sort-of funny that the glove comparment door, instead of button with lock, had a handle you pulled on, and the fresh-air vents looked like little 'easy bake' ovens, with doors you opened, instead of pulling on a round knob. I remember this though, that Duster had a huge trunk compared to what I remember our '73 Nova having.
#27453 of 30871 Re: Valiant [uplanderguy]
Jan 06, 2013 (6:39 am)
The main drawback with all these compacts, in my opinion, was the cheap interiors. In the '60s-mid '70s Detroit equated compact with cheap (I use the term Detroit generically, to include South Bend and Kenosha). That was finally remedied by the Maverick LDO, Nova Concours and Mopar counterparts in the mid-late '70s. Upscale touches were added to the exteriors too. The prices of these more deluxe versions overlapped with the lower end mid-size cars, but they gave consumers who favored trimmer dimensions more choices.
By the late '70s someone with a thin wallet who lusted for a Cadillac Seville could buy a fancy Nova.
Jan 06, 2013 (7:22 am)
Yellow one on the curb on the DC beltway near River Rd.
Out of gas?
#27455 of 30871 Re: Valiant [uplanderguy]
Jan 06, 2013 (7:32 am)
An uncle had a '66 Valiant and I remember noting both those points - the glove box and the air vents. The latter I thought were particularly crude.
I know that they finally got around to giving the Dart and Valiant a glove box lock, but did they ever make the air vents more elegant?
I know that in '75/'76 I saw a lot of Dart SE and Valiant Brougham models around here - they seemed to sell quite well. I suspect they would have been a better choice than our family's Maverick LDO.