August 15, 2018
Back when this 1970 Chevy Impala Custom Coupe was new, Chevy offered the Impala two-door hardtop with two different rooflines: this more formal-looking version, and a Sport Coupe which had a more rakish sweep towards the trunk. But the Bow Tie manufacturer wasn’t the only one of the Big Three to offer this choice for its bread-and-butter two-doors — Ford’s Galaxie 500 could be had with what Ford called the two-door hardtop (a more formal look) or the Sportsroof; while Plymouth’s Fury III reversed things by offering a sportier version called the two-door hardtop, along with what they dubbed the Formal Hardtop. IMO, the sportier versions were better-looking than the formal ones, unless you tarted them up with vinyl tops, which the formal versions seemed to wear better. Saw this green example a few weeks ago in Holland (the town, not the country!).
Jim Corbran, RRofWNY
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