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#1476680 Sun Nov 27 2022 05:29 PM
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Here I am in a borrowed '62 Impala (bubble top?) stuck in the sand of an Oregon ocean beach during an incoming tide in 1964! That's a sleeping bag that I wedged under a wheel to no avail. It was my and Mrs. Wally's honeymoon and I didn't want to take my '51 Chevy so we borrowed the Impala

The vehicle on the right saved us by pulling the car back about 15 feet to firm sand.

When we got back to the motel, I told the lady that someone should put a warning sign on the ramp that leads to the beach. She says they do put up warnings but the tow truck guys tear them down.

www.sandeace.com/48/OregonBeach62Impala1000.jpg [sandeace.com]
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Last edited by Wally / Montana; Sun Nov 27 2022 05:30 PM.

1948 3/4-Ton 5-Window Flatbed Chevrolet [sandeace.com]

29 Years of Daily Driving. With a '61 261, 848 head, Rochester Monojet carb, SM420 4-speed, 4.10 rear, dual reservoir MC, Bendix up front, 235/85R16 tires, 12-volt w/alternator, electric wipers and a modern radio in the glove box.
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Nope- - - -that one has the conventional top shape. The "bubble top" had a huge rear window, and really skinny supports on both sides- - - - -a real deathtrap in case of a rollover. Here's a You Tube video of a 62 bubble top:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=TLwk_48TUe8 [youtube.com]

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Thanks for the car video, Jerry, takes me back. That was my first year after high school.


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'Bolter
I've never seen or heard of this top. I'm a bit surprised it's on a Bel Air (Belaire?). Didn't the Impala have a better interior package.

Thanks for the video!


1948 3/4-Ton 5-Window Flatbed Chevrolet [sandeace.com]

29 Years of Daily Driving. With a '61 261, 848 head, Rochester Monojet carb, SM420 4-speed, 4.10 rear, dual reservoir MC, Bendix up front, 235/85R16 tires, 12-volt w/alternator, electric wipers and a modern radio in the glove box.
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Chevy, Buick, Oldsmobile, Pontiac and Cadillac all had their version of the “Bubble Top”.


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Wasn't '59 the first year for GM bubble tops?


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Not my car (that I bought in ‘69 for $500.00.) but it’s nice to look at and remember. 1961 Impala [tcacars.net]

Mine had bucket seats, who knew they were rare. Apparently it was a dealer installed option in ‘61. Next year buckets were a factory option.

[img]https://i.postimg.cc/kgvQFMfB/87-F07098-49-D2-4344-97-DB-A703-CDE55-DF4.jpg[/img] [postimg.cc]

[img]https://i.postimg.cc/K827M376/F6-DF237-F-D9-D0-4275-910-E-CC320-C52-A400.jpg[/img] [postimg.cc]

Well, not happy with that attempt at posting image links.

The attached images show a car owned by a 18 year old with very little money. I had the original seats recovered in then popular roll & tuck. Original was black vinyl but pretty ratty. No pictures sadly. The door panels are original. I ”think” the original steering wheel is in a shed at the old place. Family has owned the home place land since 1849.

RonR

Last edited by moparguy; Mon Nov 28 2022 04:28 AM.

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Chip O #1476770 Mon Nov 28 2022 01:51 PM
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Originally Posted by Chip O
Wasn't '59 the first year for GM bubble tops?
yes, '59 was the 1st year. My mom had a '59 Pontiac Bonneville with a bubble top. I wish it was still in my family.
Chevy also has one.
Pontiac [buysellsearch.com]
Chevy [pixels.com]


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That '61 posted by RonR is cool. Definitely my favorite year Impala.

John


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