I recently found two Greenlight Chevrolet Impalas at Toys R Us. I’ll use this as an opportunity to show these new acquisitions as well as the other Greenlight Impalas that I already have in my collection.
From 1958 until 1972, Chevrolet offered 3 models in their full-size car line. The Biscayne was the low end, the Bel Air was in the middle, and the Impala was at the high end. Absent most of the interior and exterior trim options of the more expensive models, the Biscayne was produced mostly for the fleet market. It was, however, the availability of optional big-block V8 engines and performance-oriented transmissions that made these cars popular among hot-rodders as well.
So, technically, this 1967 Chevrolet Police Pursuit is not an Impala, but a Biscayne. But, the Louisiana State Police deco applied to this model makes it my favorite of the bunch. A patrol car like this would have been powered by a big-block 396 V8 engine, which had been an available option since 1965.
The B pillar is a painted part of the clear plastic window insert, a nice detail which differentiates it from the Impala hardtop version of this Greenlight ’67 four-door casting.
The Biscayne casting is also slightly modified to show the correct 2 taillights per side, versus three per side on the Impala casting.
2013 | Hot Pursuit Series 12 | 1967 Chevrolet (Biscayne) Police Pursuit | red and white with Louisiana State Police deco
I admit I know nothing about the TV series Supernatural, upon which this next model is based. Based on a little online research, it appears that the car is a fairly faithful representation of the one driven by one of the show’s characters, Dean Winchester, played by Jensen Ackles. Curiously, the Supernatural wiki (yes, there’s a wiki for everything) states that the car bears the Sedgwick County, Kansas license plate KAZ 2Y5. Sure enough, I looked closely at my model to find the license plate is accurately reproduced.
This photo shows the Impala casting’s correct 3 taillights per side as well as the KAZ 2Y5 license plate from the TV show.2013 | Hollywood Series 6 | 1967 Chevrolet Impala Sport Sedan | black
All of the other Greenlight Impalas in my collection appear to be variations of the same 67/68 2-door hardtop casting. Even though I have quite a few of these, the Greenlight Collectors website shows at least 20 variations. By the way, each of these cars appears to have an opening hood, but I haven’t been willing to violate any of the packages to verify that.
Here is a link to a good reference site for Greenlight Collectibles.