Donks For Dummies | Donkology 101

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  • 1971+Donk+Front
    Caged corner lights, wide and tall grille and the only year to have CHEVROLET spelled out on the nose.
  • 1971+Donk+Rear
    Taillights are separate from the bumpers with six individual lenses, the keyhole is in the middle and the license plate below. Also, the only year to have vents in the trunk lid.
  • 1972+Donk+Front
    The upper grille is much smaller as the 'nose' is much more pronounced. Note: not a factory grille pictured.
  • 1972+Donk+Rear
    Slim, rectangular taillights housed in the bumper.
  • 1973+Donk+Front
    Large, open 'waffle' style grille, two smaller lower grilles, headlights are not enclosed like the other years.
  • 1973+Donk+Rear
    Similar to the '72 but the lights are more of a square shape.
  • 1974+Donk+Front
    Some say the '74 is the ugly duckling due to its taller, bland grille that looks more like it'd be on a Cadillac or Oldsmobile. This grille has potential to look great with a little paint, though.
  • 1974+Donk+Rear
    Taillights not in the bumper, two separate housings. License plate recessed.
  • 1975+Donk+Front
    Rectangular grille, separate rectangular headlight housings with round headlights.
  • 1975+Donk+Rear
    Taillights look the most 'integrated' into the body (even though they are separate pieces) than other years.
  • 1976+Donk+Caprice+Front
    CAPRICE: Possibly the most unique and rare front end for Donks. It is very popular in the Lowrider community to swap to a '76 front end. The only year with actual square headlights.
  • 1976+Donk+Impala+Front
    IMPALA: Round lights similar to the '75s but with a more pronounced nose.
  • 1976+Donk+Rear+RIDES
    Virtually identical to the ' 75. Lowrider pictured via Lay it Low.


As we all know,  a DONK is classified as a 1971-1976 Chevy Impala or Caprice. But unless you’re a member of D.R.O.D., you may not be able to distinguish between the different year models so we’ve decided to throw together a quick reference guide to clear up any confusion!