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During the first run in 1959 and 1960, the Kingswood was available with either a six-cylinder or V8 engine. The Kingswood was the station wagon equivalent of the Bel Air passenger car series, as was the Parkwood, but was a three-seat model whereas the Parkwood was a two-seat model. Both were a step above the lowest-priced Chevrolet wagon, the Brookwood, but not as luxurious as the top-of-the-line Nomad.
From 1969 to 1972, the Kingswood's passenger car equivalent was the Impala, and was available only with a V8. It was considered a little more deluxe than the Chevrolet Townsman and Chevrolet Brookwood, but lacked the exterior woodgrain paneling of the top-line Kingswood Estate. Throughout this period, the Kingswood was available in both two- and three-seat models; in 1969 and 1970, a power rear window was standard equipment for the latter, optional for the former. In 1971 and 1972, the power rear window was standard for both models.
Midway through the 1971 model year, TurboHydraMatic transmission was added to the standard equipment list, eliminating the outdated three-speed manual transmission. TurboHydraMatic had been ordered on virtually every Kingswood built during the late 1960s and early 1970s.
For 1973, Chevrolet eliminated the Kingswood Estate/Kingswood, and their sister nameplates Townsman and Brookwood designations for its full-sized station wagons. With the Belair,Impala, and Caprice nameplates again becoming dominant on station wagon models.. The Belair nameplate would drop out in 1975, and the Impala Sedan/Wagon nameplate would continue until it was dropped after the 1985 model year(With the name returning only in Sedan Form in 1994).
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