- Spoil you Supernatural fantasies with this big Chevy hardtop, done up as a clone of the hero car from the TV series, now up for auction on the Bring a Trailer website.
- With bench seats, a two-speed Powerglide transmission, and a bubbling 283-cubic-inch engine, this is an ideal weekend cruiser that makes all the right sounds.
- Painted black and fitted with chrome 15-inch five-spoke wheels, this Impala will be instantly recognizable to a demographic much younger than your average muscle car enthusiast.
It has been running for over 15 seasons since it debuted in 2005, Supernatural was one of the longest running, most successful fantasy TV series ever. Focusing on fictional twin brothers Sam and Dean Winchester as they drove around the country fighting demons and ghosts, it was sort of a cross between a traditional Western and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. And in a Western you need a faithful horse.
Dean Winchester had Baby, his beloved Impala. Originally, the show was supposed to feature the more obvious choice of a mid-1960s Ford Mustang, but the decision was made to go for something a little rougher around the edges. A black pillarless hardtop redbuck offered the necessary air of menace: low and rumbling and with the implication that there was plenty of space in the boot for a body or two. In the auction on the website Bring a trailer—what, like Car and Driver, is part of Hearst Autos—is a clone with all the charm of the Supernatural hero car With the auction set to end on Tuesday, December 6, bidding is at just $5200.
The cultural impact of this show was probably a bit confusing for dads of a certain age, who asked their teenage daughters what kind of car they might like and received the quick answer, “A black 1967 Chevy Impala four-door hardtop.” For a generation, Baby was more famous than the Dukes of Hazzard’s General Lee. Which is as it should be, since the former was inspired by the latter.
Perhaps, however, the Supernatural Rooibos is a bit more like the Back to the Future DeLorean, in that the show ended up accidentally saving a bunch of old four-door red deer. Without its celebrity status, a classic Chevy sedan would not be as popular as a coupe. Fortunately, this car, which started out white with some previous body damage noted, has been brought back to life with a revamped interior and 15-inch wheels with fresh BFGoodrich Radial T/A rubber.
Mechanically, this Impala is nothing special, with a 283 cubic inch V-8 and a two-speed Powerglide slushbox. It’s fine if you just want to cruise around all summer, but the oil pan gasket needs resealing next oil change.
After getting a chance to get up close and personal with the real-life Impala used as the hero car in Supernatural, anyone interested in this car might want to start putting together a shopping list. Personally, Baby is no princess. She is a demon-searing rottweiler. Under the hood of the real Supernatural Impala is a supercharged 500-cubic-inch big-block Chevy V-8, which idles like a bowling ball in an industrial dryer. The suspension has been extensively upgraded with components from Hotchkiss, and the brakes have also been upgraded. Now owned by actor Jensen Ackles, who played Dean Winchester, the hero Impala is kept at his home in Texas. He put air conditioning in it but kept all the patina on the screen.
So, two options here. One, an easy-drive weekend cruiser that looks like the one on your favorite show. Two, pull it into the garage and build a real badass sedan, worthy of any Winchester. Just don’t turn your back and walk away. Sam and Dean never would.
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