DEJA BLUE

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Dennis Spencer liked his first 1965 Chevrolet Impala so much, he got another one. He didn’t just get another 1965 Impala of the non-SS variety. He worked on the second one until it was identical to the first. Same beautiful blue color. Same 283 cubic inch Chevy V8. “Everything is identical,” Spencer said. “Same color, same interior, same motor, same rims.” Spencer, now 66, bought his first one for $2,600 as a 17-year-old high schooler in 1967 in Southern California. A 1959 Impala was his first car, but that car’s big motor got Spencer into trouble. “The 1965 was the first with the slope coming down,” Spencer said, referring to the sloped rear window. “The older ones had no styling. This has the triple round taillights and round gauges.” While most think of the Super Sport model, Spencer sought out a non-SS for a simple reason. “I wanted the bench seat so my girlfriend could sit next to me,” Spencer said. “With the SS you had bucket seats, so your girlfriend would be on the other side of the car.” Shortly after high school, Spencer met his wife Janie. He was 18 at the time while she was 15 and still in high school. They were married two years later and celebrated their 46th anniversary on Aug. 30. The couple had their Impala...

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