1974 Chevrolet Impala

Welcome to Down On The Street, where we admire old vehicles found parked on the streets of the Island That Rust Forgot: Alameda, California. Today's car is a great big moldering slab-o-Malaise iron, which I found parked- strangely enough- on Bay Farm Island, a part of the city built up with new, garage-equipped tract homes and thus not a great hunting ground for vintage street-parked iron (though BFI does have some pretty good vintage BMWs).

1974 Chevrolet Impala


What is a great gas-swilling old survivor like this doing serving regular street duty in a neighborhood like this? Is the original owner a visiting relative? Or maybe the rebellious teenage son of the family feels more comfortable driving in the kind of car appropriate to a Bayonne water-heater salesman in 1976 than he would in the usual 10-year-old Corolla. There's just no telling.

1974 Chevrolet Impala


It's pretty beat, with the usual rear-window-area rot you get on GM cars after a few decades of rainy Bay Area winters, but it's still doing its job. With no engine-displacement emblems, we must assume it shipped from the factory (probably the Southgate plant in Southern California, if it's a California native) with a plain ol' 350 or 400 under the hood. By now, though, it could have anything from a 262 to a 454, depending on what was available in the junkyard when the previous engine gave up.

1974 Chevrolet Impala

1974 Chevrolet Impala

1974 Chevrolet Impala

1974 Chevrolet Impala

1974 Chevrolet Impala

1974 Chevrolet Impala

1974 Chevrolet Impala

1974 Chevrolet Impala

1974 Chevrolet Impala

1974 Chevrolet Impala

1974 Chevrolet Impala

1974 Chevrolet Impala

1974 Chevrolet Impala

1974 Chevrolet Impala

1974 Chevrolet Impala

1974 Chevrolet Impala


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