All-American Week: The "Spirit of America" Chevrolets
If anybody remembers our Nation's Bicentennial Year, then they remember these limited edition cars. 1976 seemed to start out like most any other year, except we had "The Brady Bunch Variety Hour" to suffer through. "Charlie's Angels" gave us some great models to gaze at, and the cars weren't bad either.
But in 1974, a couple of years ahead of schedule and maybe to boost sales, Chevrolet sold a really nice trim package on their El Camino, Impala, Nova, and Vega models. Some dealers may have added this trim to other Chevy car and truck models as well.
The outsides were painted white with red and blue stripes, and sported "Spirit of America" emblems; the insides had white seats, red carpeting, and black dashboards. Looks like they had some nice wheels, too. They were not featured in the sales brochures that year, and getting detailed information on all of them is a bit tricky.
So let's just look at a few images of these cars:
This may be the rarest of the "Spirit of America" Chevrolets
The "Spirit of America" Impala was a two-door pillarless hardtop
The "Spirit of America" Hatchback Nova with a black vinyl half roof
The Nova's cargo area was large enough to watch the fireworks from
The Vega Hatchback may have looked its best in this trim
If I had my pick of the four, would anybody be surprised if I chose the Nova? The El Camino is just not me, the Impala is too big, and, well, the Vega...
--That Car Guy (Chuck)
Image Credits: The "Spirit of America" Vega poster is from ChevyInfo.net. The El Camino image is from SNAS.NBCuni.com. The Impala photo is from Upload.Wikimedia.org. The "SoA" Nova picture is from Farm6.Static.Flickr.com. The inside view of the modified Nova Hatchback photo is from MWMCars.com. And the "SoA" Vega image is from 30.Media.Tumblr.com.