- Engine Size
- 396 V8
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 version of the 1966 Chevrolet Impala includes a beautiful exterior restoration, and powertrain enhancements to an already stout 396ci Turbo Jet. A deep blue over white interior 2 door hard top coupe, loaded with chrome, and visually stunning when viewing in person.
Fully restored, all panels show as straight and blemish free. The chrome body trim and bumpers, as well as the grille, are very clean, and rust free.
Within the wide doors are a hinged quarter window, within a chrome c pillar, that is operated by a crank in the door panel. The cranked main door windows are frameless, exhibit smooth operation, 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, eyelid silver headlight trim adorns the 4 front headlights. To finish this car, American Racing 5 spoke “bullit” style chrome wheels inside of low profile 245/35ZR20 tires are all around.
Beautifully restored white front bucket and rear bench seats, mounted in a sea of black carpet, envelop the interior. White door panels, and a perfect white headliner add plenty of light to the interior. New Auto Meter 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 5,320 miles, however original miles are unknown. A competition style Trenz chrome steering wheel and B&M Star Shifter complete the package.
To feed the 396ci engine, a Holley 4-barrel carburetor mixes into a chromed Edelbrock Air Gap intake. Flame engraved chromed valve and air covers, as well as all stainless steel braided hoses make the engine compartment gleam. HEI ignition, through an MSD 6AL box insures maximum fuel burning. The 4-speed automatic transmission pushes the power through a 12-bolt differential. For those non-straight-line drives, independent front suspension, and rear coil spring 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. A dual performance exhaust system brings out the engine sound, and lets others know you are not fooling around.
A very tasteful resto-mod of an Iconic Chevrolet Impala SS make 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.