The Metallicar (otherwise known as a1967 Chevrolet Impala) has been in the Winchester family since at least November 2, 1982. For the purposes of the show, we see a “regular” Impala, not a SS (SuperSport). That doesn’t mean that some of the “lesser” cars aren’t the SS model; the emblem would have to be removed or hidden. You know where Jensen usually sits/leans on the hood of the car, driver’s side? On the grille would be the SS emblem. It should actually have the Impala emblem there, too, but the grille is unmarked. Hm.... It makes me wonder just how many of the cars are SSs, because they seem to be easier to find. For differences in the SuperSport model and the regular Impala, see the end of this post.
The Metallicar has been with the Winchester family, seemingly offering “comfort” or “stability” at the worst times of their lives. First, when Mary was killed. It held John, baby Sam and little Dean as they tried to assimilate what happened. When Jess was killed, Dean was there with the Metallicar (at this point in the series, we only know that Dean has the car. We find out later that John gave it to him, but it’s still unknown when John gave it to Dean). It was there in Phantom Traveler, supporting the boys as they listen to their father’s phone message, learning for the first time that he is still alive. And [spoilers for the finale, just in case anyone hasn’t seen it yet, and WHY HAVEN’T YOU YET?], Sam is driving the Metallicar to the hospital to save both his father and brother, when it’s side-slammed into by a semi. Engine and body condition: unknown. Radio: still working, damn it. I can’t listen to that song anymore and it’s ALL THEIR FAULT. It’s been a bed for both Sam and Dean. It’s been used as a weapon (reference: Woman in White).
The license plate, as we all know, is KAZ 2Y5. What I discovered is the “SG” tag in the upper left corner stands for Sedgwick County. Lawrence, KS, is in Douglas County (see map for distance between counties). Don’t know yet if it holds any significance, or just a “whoops!” moment.
The hard facts: Four door sedan. Steel unibody. Black exterior paint. Beige interior door panels. Automatic transmission (shifter is on the steering column). Bench front seat (this supposedly has a folding armrest, though I’ve never seen it used. Anyone ever catch a glimpse of the space between the boys and notice an armrest?) Ignition in the dashboard. Original radio was AM/FM, but the cassette deck was added later. Unsure yet if John, Dean, or another owner that installed it. Gas tank is located in the rear of the car. To access it, the license plate holder is on a hinge. It pulls down;
I couldn’t find out and we only see Dean pumping gas a few times, and never from his POV. [Why did that sound so dirty?] ref: Scarecrow. I didn't notice because Dean's not pumping the gas, and he's you know, leaning on the back fender, and yeah. I was distracted.
Even though she weighs 3650 lbs, she can achieve a zero-to-sixty run in about 9 seconds. Top speed is in the neighborhood of 130 miles-per-hour. Dude, I want to see Dean open her up on the highway!
Wikipedia entry: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Metallicar
Impala fanfic: http://kbk.livejournal.com/271327.html
The name Impala originated from a southern African antelope known for its speed and prowess. Introduced in 1958, the Impala was developed by chief engineer automotive executive for General Motors, Edward Cole. Its styling has been termed 'bat-winged' due to the rear-styling of the vehicle. A variety of engines were available ranging from an inline-6 cylinder up to a triple carburetor, 348 cubic-inches V8 capable of producing 315 horsepower. A fuel injected V8 became available in 1959. Extensive amounts of chrome littered the front end. Two headlights, located side-by-side, were placed on each sides of the vehicle. A front grill was used to help keep the engine cool. The vehicle featured rear-fins that resembled cats-eyes.
Facts about the Impala SS
On the Super Sport models, the new front grille featured blacked-out horizontal strips, and on the rear was a black panel insert between the taillights. The SS identification could be found on the grille, trunk lid and each front fender. Black lower body and rear fender moldings were used on the Super Sport models in contrast with the bright pieces found on other Impalas. The standard Impala wheel covers were used with SS center caps. The SS identification was limited to an SS emblem on the glovebox door. Brushed aluminum inserts embellished the console and dash panel. The dash came with three large round gauges arranged horizontally, with two auxiliary gauges on each end arranged vertically.
Engine availability consisted of the 260 ci for six-cylinder Impala SS models. The V-8 Super Sport Impalas came with the 283 ci single-exhaust two-barrel engine rated at 196 hp, a dual-exhaust four-barrel 327 rated at 275 hp and the 325 hp 395 ci Turbo-Jet.