1966 Chevrolet Impala SS
1966 Chevrolet Impala SS
Residing on the African Savannah and confronted with a threat, the sleek, nimble, and fast Impala will take flight to outrun or confuse its competitor. Aptly named, the Chevrolet version introduced in 1958, continued to emulate its animal namesake through years of design modifications and power options made available. In 1966, the jet age was in full swing, and automobile designers were transitioning from nonfunctional visual embellishments, to sleek, cleaner line designs for their cars. Engineers also caught on that more power will attract more buyers, and the “race” was on!
This immaculate resto-mod version of the 1966 Chevrolet Impala includes a beautiful exterior restoration, and powertrain enhancements to an already stout 396ci 4bbl V8. A white interior 2-door hardtop coupe, loaded with chrome, and visually stunning when viewed in person with its new gauges, B&M shifter, Impala logo rally steering wheel, and very blinged out engine bay.
Fully restored, all panels show as straight and mostly blemish free. A few areas of the deep blue enamel have chipped or cracked and noted are slight rust bubbles forming at various places where water has undermined the paint. The chrome body trim and bumpers, as well as the shiny egg crate grille, are very clean, and rust free, and just the right amount has been used for the belt line trim, rocker and wheel well trim, and window surrounds. Within the wide doors are a hinged quarter window, just aft of the A pillar, that is operated by a crank in the door panel. The cranked main door windows are trimmed in thin stainless, and operate smoothly, and are free and clear of any imperfections. This also holds true for front and rear glass, as it shows no problems. Adding to the look of the overall car, silver headlight trim adorns the 4 front headlights. Moving back on the hood reveals a rear facing scoop now formed into the hood. On back are the standard 3 taillights (on every Impala) and a shiny bumper below with dual exhaust tips peeking out from underneath. To finish this car, American Racing 5 spoke Torque Thrust style polished wheels inside of low profile 245/35ZR20 tires all around.
Beautifully restored white front bucket and rear bench seats mounted in a sea of black carpet envelope the interior. White door panels and a perfect white headliner add plenty of light to the interior. New Autometer white field with black numbers instrumentation has been installed into the original dash as well as a new AM/FM radio. The odometer on the new gauge shows 7,554 miles, which is the mileage since the rebuild. A competition style Trenz chrome steering wheel and B&M Star shifter complete the package.
To feed the 396ci numbers matching V8 engine, a Holley 4-barrel carburetor mixes air and fuel into a polished Edelbrock Air Gap intake. Flame engraved chromed valve and air cleaner covers, as well as all stainless-steel braided hoses make the engine compartment gleam. HEI ignition, through an MSD 6AL box, ensures maximum fuel burning. The 700R4 4-speed automatic transmission pushes the power through a 12-bolt differential sporting a conventional 3.07 ratio. A dual performance exhaust system brings out the engine sound, and lets others know you are not fooling around.
The underside of this car shows some slight light surface rust, patina undercoated steel floors and rockers, and some new bolt ons throughout. For those non straight line drives, Hotchkiss independent front suspension, and rear coil springs will steady your way through any curve. In the event that you need to slow down or stop, front disc brakes, and rear drum brakes are power assisted.
This restoration-skate fired right up and with a nightly roar we were off to the test track. Here it performed flawlessly with smooth acceleration and plenty of it, bias free panic stopping, and great handling for a large car. The horn was not working at the time of our drive.
A very tasteful resto-mod of an iconic Chevrolet Impala SS makes this car eye candy to look at, but with a hidden secret in the power it can provide. Interesting modifications and upgrades make this “Gazelle” a street cruiser, or an animal if confronted…fight or flight.
37-2 Door Sport Coupe
S-St. Louis, MO Assy Plant
191893-Sequential Unit Number
02B-2nd Week February Build
ST 66 16837-1966 Impala SS Sport Coupe
BDY STL006597-St. Louis Body #
TR 885-B-White & Black Vinyl Bench Seat
PNT F6-Marina Blue, Black Vinyl Top
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This vehicle is located in our showroom in Morgantown, Pennsylvania, conveniently located just 1-hour west of Philadelphia on the I-76 Pennsylvania Turnpike. The website is www.classicautomall.com and our phone number is (888) 227-0914. Please contact us anytime for more information or to come see the vehicle in person.
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