Classic Chico Impala star of TV car show
Emily Bertolino — Enterprise-Record
Laura Urseny, Chico
Enterprise-Record Posted: 05/17/16, 8:18 PM PDT |
Charlie and Loretta Carroll of Chico stand with their 1965
Chevy Impala that will be on the May 24 episode of the TV
show “Car Hunters.”
Charlie and Loretta Carroll of Chico stand
with their robin-egg blue 1965 Chevy Impala that will be on
the History Channel’s show “Car Hunters.” Emily Bertolino —
Chico >> Charlie and Loretta Carroll
of Chico are known around town for their dedication to good
work through local service organizations, but later this
month their fame will be expanded to include one of their
“babies” — a 51-year-old Chevrolet Impala convertible.
The classic car will make an appearance on
the History Channel show “Car Hunters,” which will air at
7:30 p.m. May 24.
The Carrolls are big fans of classic cars and
have had a number of them over the years. But the robin-egg
blue car caught the attention of someone else, who called
the show. According to the Carrolls, the attention is
“This 51-year-old Chevrolet Impala
convertible was the top-of-the-line sport model for 1965,
consequently makes it a rare and collectible vehicle. It
also can be attributed to low factory production figures of
this particular model,” Loretta Carroll said.
The Carrolls weren’t intending to sell the
car, but when the New York production company contacted
them, they agreed to have it filmed. Leftfield Entertainment
contacted the Chico couple “as they were looking to feature
a full size mid-’60s convertible.” A local hotrod and
restoration shop shared information about the Carrolls’ car,
the couple said.
The film crew arrived in Chico, coming from
Dallas and then Yuba City for other filming projects.
“They were very professional,” noted Loretta
Carroll as their cul de sac turned into a stage.
Several of the Carrolls’ friends, including
their daughter, spotted the convertible around town as the
crew filmed. Only it wasn’t one of the Carrolls driving. The
production company insisted one of their drivers was behind
The couple is anxious to see the final
program with their car, which hasn’t been for sale but
might, if the price is right. From the late ’60s until
recent years they had acquired 26 cars in the collection of
vintage and collectible vehicles. In recent years they
downsized a bit.
“The most recent sale in April was our oldest
car of the collection, a 75-year-old, all original, 1941
Chevrolet Special deluxe club coupe,” Loretta Carroll said.
The couple also drove earlier this month in
the Pioneer Day Parade, playing hosts to parade marshal
The show, christened “Drop Top and Roll,”
takes viewers through Chicoan Mark Piland’s search for a
classic car. Like shows about house hunters, “Car Hunters”
are hunting for the four-wheel slice of paradise. The show
takes Piland through test drives in a ’66 Pontiac LeMans, a
’71 Mercury Cougar and then the Carroll’s ’65 Chevy Impala.
According to the History Channel’s website,
the show Car Hunters “follows individuals as they search to
buy their dream car.”
Contact reporter Laura Urseny at 896-7756.