1962 Chevrolet Impala SS
1962 Chevrolet Impala SS
The 3rd generation Impala ran from 1961-1964 and would end up being one of the most important American cars to date. These were the game changing years in which the Super Sport and the world famous 409 engine were released. The SS Impala played an integral role in formulating what we now know as the original Muscle cars.
Here in the corridors of the Classic Auto Mall we have all kinds of cars with all kinds of purposes. Some classics to be shown, others to be driven, and others to do both. Here we have a classic that exemplifies early muscle cars. It is to be driven and can be shown with a little bit more work mainly on the exterior. Read on!
From its chromed bezel dual headlight flanking egg crate grille, and lower wrap around bumper, to the aluminum machined pattern spear at its belt line, and the dual sets of three taillights within more aluminum trim, and lower bumper, this car sports plenty of nice brite-work, and chrome to feast your eyes on. Wrap around chrome window surrounds, and cursive “Impala SS” badging with the galloping impala in a circle, and the crossed flags 409 badge on both front quarter panels shines brightly against its Code 923 Roman Red base coat. Several areas on this car show paint bubbling or interacting with whatever is underneath it as it shows throughout this paint job. Otherwise, we see fairly straight steel, with gaps that are fair. Typical Chevrolet stock wheel covers are all around this car.
As we swing open the 1 of 2 doors on this coupe, we are met with more red vinyl with square pattern stitching, and chromed “buttons” if you will, delineating the squares. A curved thin molding separated these squares from a horizontal ribbed pattern below and imbedded throughout are the near perfect handles for window cranking, and door opening. As we move inside 2 nicely restored buckets, framed in chrome flank a center console that is very thin and shoehorned between the buckets, and reaching no further than the seats. Directly in front is the Hurst shift lever, and a cross flag emblazoned metal plate. Very nice thick pile carpeting covers the floors, and a rear bench in same pattern is across the back with iconic rear speaker between the top of the bench-style seats. A near perfect dash with original gauges plus a few aftermarket add ons, helps keep track of all the vitals. An original steering wheel in very good condition fronts the dash. Last but not least, a clean white headliner is above and is neat, pleated, and tight.
The original 409ci V8 has been replaced with a period correct 409 but is not numbers matching. Needless to say, it still boasts a consigner stated 450Hhpwith its dual 4-barrel carbs and Edelbrock chromed oval air cleaner with filter. The engine presents beautifully and has an “orange” (red if you will) block, gold valve covers, and could not be cleaner. A 4-speed manual transmission is bolted on back.
Power disc brakes are noted now on all 4 corners, and they sit within a mostly rust free structure, of black steel, although few areas of rust through are noted in photos. Rockers are solid as well as floorpans and toe kicks. Mostly sound with a few areas repaired or noted.
Overall save for the paint issue which is really unknown to its exact cause by our experts here at Classic Auto Mall, this car presents very nicely, and goes like a rocket ship. With its period correct engine, with some upgrades, nice interior, the exterior is but a minor distraction overall when looking at or driving this car. A fine example of early muscle that is on a few steroids.
Engine Code Stamping
Q-1961 409 360HP 4 Speed
47-2 Door Sport Coupé
S-St. Louis MO Assy Plant
4C-3rd Week April Build
STYLE 62-1847 -1962 Impala V8
2 Door Sprt Coupé
BODY SL40326-St. Louis MO Body
PAINT 923-Roman Red
Classic Auto Mall is a 336,000-square foot classic and special interest automobile showroom, featuring over 300 vehicles for sale with showroom space for up to 1,000 vehicles. Also, a 400 vehicle barn find collection is on display.
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.