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From Mustang to Impala: The Shocking Story of How 'Supernatural's' Iconic Car Almost Never Was!
2024/06/05

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'Supernatural' Could Have Had a Very Different Co-Star Alongside Sam and Dean

The Winchester brothers, Sam and Dean, were the heart and soul of "Supernatural," but their journey wouldn't be the same without their loyal companion - their 1967 Chevrolet Impala, affectionately known as "Baby."  From its iconic roar to its role as a mobile sanctuary, Baby became more than just a car; it was a symbol of the brothers' bond, their shared experiences, and their relentless fight against the forces of darkness.

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But what many fans don't know is that Baby almost wasn't an Impala at all. 

A Mustang Dream Derailed

"Supernatural" creator Eric Kripke envisioned the show as a modern Western, where Sam and Dean would be like gunslingers on the road, battling monsters and navigating the dangers of the supernatural world.  He envisioned the perfect ride for these modern cowboys: a classic Ford Mustang.  It seemed like a natural fit, radiating a sense of freedom and power.

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However, Kripke's Mustang dream was quickly dashed when he shared his vision with his mechanic neighbor. The mechanic, a true car aficionado, scoffed at the suggestion, proclaiming, "Mustangs are for wimps."  Instead, he recommended a 1967 Chevrolet Impala, with a nonchalant, "You can put a body in that trunk." 

The Impala's Intimidating Charm

The idea of a car that could hold a body, or in the Winchesters' case, a whole arsenal of monster-fighting weapons, immediately piqued Kripke's interest.

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