1970 Chevrolet Biscayne, Bel Air, Impala, and Caprice

The 1970 Chevrolet Caprice remained the highest expression of Chevrolet luxury.
The 1970 Chevrolet Caprice remained the highest expression of Chevrolet luxury.

The 1970 Chevrolet Impala and other full-size Chevrolets lost their combined grille/bumper. In fact, front and rear ends were fully restyled, giving the impression of considerable change -- essentially an illusion, because changes were actually quite modest.

Six-cylinder engines came only in the four-door sedan, no longer being offered in two-door Impalas. Other full-size cars started with a 250-horsepower 350-cubic-inch V-8. Options included a 300-horsepower upgrade of the 350, a 265-horsepower 400, and a pair of 454-cubic-inch V-8s. Replacing the 427 V-8 and developed in part to meet forthcoming emissions standards, the new 454-cubic-inch engines produced 345 or 390 horsepower.

Chevrolet redesigned the front and rear ends of 1970 full-size Chevys.
Chevrolet redesigned the front and rear ends of 1970 full-size Chevys.

Biscaynes and Bel Airs came only in four-door sedan form, accompanied by equivalent Brookwood and Townsman station wagons. All two-doors were hardtop-styled in the Impala and Caprice lines. Impala was one of three remaining Chevy convertibles, and only 9,562 were built. Clearly, interest in ragtops -- whether full-size or any size -- was beginning to dwindle. So was the fascination with large sporty cars, prompting abandonment of the Impala Super Sport.

Output of full-sized cars dropped sharply, below the million mark, partly as a result of a 65-day strike in the fall of 1970. Impala sales, as expected, ranked far above other big Chevrolets.

1970 Chevrolet Biscayne, Bel Air, Impala, and Caprice Facts

Model
Weight range (lbs.)
Price range (new)
Number built
Biscayne3,600-3,759
$2,787-$2,898
35,400 (approx.)
Bel Air
3,604-3,763
$2,887-$2,996
75,800 (approx.)
Impala
3,641-3,871
$3,021-$3,377
505,471 (approx.)
Caprice
3,821-3,905
$3,474-$3,527
92,000 (approx.)
Station Wagon
4,204-4,361
$3,294-$3,886
not available