The story I have heard for years in regard to the Impala is that one of the GM Execs attended the Church of the Nazarene in Detroit in the 1950s. I believe the executive was on the denominational board in Kansas City. At a meeting of the board one of the Nazarene leaders said he had just returned from a trip to Africa and had seen this incredibly fast animal called the Impala. The GM Exec told him they were coming out with a new model and that would be a good name for it.
... View more