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Old 06-16-2011, 12:57 PM
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According to Dan Burger's "Impala, 1958-2000"":

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"Redesigning the Impala for 1962 was a matter of cleaning up the items on the 1961 model that tied it to the 1950's-era cars. Because the Impala vision in most minds was the sport coupe body style, it is appropriate to focus attention on that. One of the more obvious ties to the old decade was the hardtop roofline that made use of extremely thin pillars. Along with this, the windshield and the rear window glass wrapped upward into the roof, creating a significant glass area. The 1962 sport coupe design successfully implemented a formal roofline with the appearance of a crisply creased convertible top. The artful execution of the roofline design was a significant contribution to the ongoing success of the Impala sport coupe and therefore the entire Impala lineup. It was an Impala exclusive in 1962.

The Bel Air sport coupe continued with the "bubble top" for another year. Many Chevy enthusiasts love the bubble tops, but at the time it was a connection to the past and the Impala was looking to the future. It also gave Impala the opportunity to have an exclusive sport coupe to go along with the only full-size convertible in the Chevy lineup."

From "Impala, 1958-2000", page 52.
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