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Independence Day Special — The 1974 Spirit of America Impala

by Gary on July 4, 2012

1974 Spirit of America Impala

If you remember the mid 1970s, you probably remember what a big deal America’s Bicentennial was. After all, it’s not every day that a country turns 200 years old.

So Chevrolet got into the spirit — albeit two years early — with special editions of the Impala, Nova and Vega.

Spirit of America Impala interior

Available on the Impala Sport Coupe, the Spirit of America package could be had in “classic white or rich dark blue,” according to the dealer literature. The interior came with white vinyl seats and door trim with a choice of red or blue carpet, dash and seat belts. Imagine trying to keep those seats clean!

Spirit of America emblemAlso included was a white vinyl roof with halo moldings and a special Spirit of America emblem, red, white and blue accent stripes, sport mirrors, fender skirts and styled steel wheels with paint stripes and trim rings. The picture above is a pre-production publicity shot; the wheels look like Pontiac Rally II wheels with a bow tie emblem. Production models had a wheel design that was also used on Chevy trucks.

Chevrolet built about 2,500 Spirit of America Impalas in 1974. Other than convertibles, the Spirit of America Impalas are probably the most rare and collectible of 1970s full-size Chevys. The 2008 Barrett-Jackson auction in Scottsdale featured this brand-new, never titled, 245-mile Spirit of America Impala that had been in a private collection since new and still had its Manufacturer’s Statement of Origin (MSO) and original window sticker. It sold for $21,450.00.

Barrett-Jackson 245-mile Spirit of America Impala

2 comments

It so happens I have the exact looking car as shown in the pictures above. I bought it new on April 24, 1974 and was the first sold off the truck carrier that brought 3 of these into that dealer. I have all the window stickers and manuals that came with the car. My car has just over 53000 miles and can be bought for a price.

by Dean Hanson on March 6, 2014 at 7:11 pm. Reply #

Can you send some pictures? We’d love to see it.

by Gary on March 8, 2014 at 10:48 pm. Reply #

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