Wow. It’s hard to believe the TV show Supernatural has finally come to an end.

First aired in 2006, the last episode, #327, entitled Carry On (and it did), went to air in November last year.

Personally, I pulled the plug after the second or was it the third season — it was starting to get silly (did I say starting).

In the show 20-something brothers, Sam and Dean Winchester (Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles) travel the highways and byways of North America in search of their missing father.

Along the way they encounter various evil spirits with which they do battle. 

It’s kind of a family tradition.

The show’s other big star is, of course, the big black American muscle car that carries the brothers on their exploits.

Many people have asked what kind of car the Winchester brothers drove?

We can report the car, owned by older brother Dean, was in fact a four-door, 1967 Chevrolet Impala.

When the car was smashed at the end of the first season, the show’s creator Eric Kripke revealed he was inundated with letters from fans wanting to know if it was going to make a return?

“When I was originally writing the show I wanted to give the guys an American muscle car,” Kripke said.

“My first choice was a ’65 Mustang. My neighbour said it had to be a ’67 Impala because you can put a body in the trunk.

“He says, ‘You want a car that, when people stop next to it at the lights, they lock their doors’.”

Five black Impalas were actually used in the course of production.

In the pilot episode, the car’s huge trunk is revealed to hold a travelling armoury of weapons which the brothers use to do battle with demons and other supernatural forces.

The Impala has a Sedgwick County, Kansas licence plate KAZ 2Y5 (even though they are from Lawrence, Kansas), a reference to Kansas, the Winchesters’ home state, and 2005, the year the show premiered.

The Impala was nicknamed Metallicar by fans of the show.

In the show Dean refers to the car, inherited from his father, as “Baby” — it’s Dean’s most prized possession.

The Chevy Impala takes its name from the swift antelope found in herds on the grasslands of central and southern of Africa.

Introduced in 1958, the Impala was developed by GM’s then chief engineer Edward Cole who later became president of the company.

It began life as a concept car for the 1956 General Motors Motorama and at one time was the best selling full-size car in the US.

Introduced as a trim package, the sporty new model was unique with its six tail lights.

It eventually became the best-selling car in the Chevrolet lineup and, in 1959, became a separate model in both two and four-door versions.

Continuing for a decade as the best-selling automobile in the US, Impala broke the record for sales with more than 13 million units sold.

The two-door Impala SS (Super Sport) is credited with beginning the muscle car era.

During the 1973 energy crisis, however, Impala sales plummeted and the car was redesigned to meet changing demands.

The name continues to this day.

The 1967 model as featured on the show came with a choice of inline six-cylinder as well as the famous Chevy small-block and big-block V8s.

The big block V8s included a 242kW 6.5-litre and 287kW 7.0-litre units.

It was available with a four-speed manual or three-speed turbo hydramatic auto in big block V8 form.

Well, that’s it for Supernatural.

Most viewers thought the first five seasons were okay, after that things went downhill . . . or did they?

 

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Chris Riley has been a journalist for almost 40 years. He has spent half of his career as a writer, editor and production editor in newspapers, the rest of the time driving and writing about cars both in print and online. His love affair with cars began as a teenager with the purchase of an old VW Beetle, followed by another Beetle and a string of other cars on which he has wasted too much time and money. A self-confessed geek, he’s not afraid to ask the hard questions - at the risk of sounding silly.
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