Pick of the Day: 1964 Chevrolet Impala SS with small-block power, 4-speed

Credit: Original article published by Classic Cars Journal.

Just about every automaker at some point has offered a sports model or trim level to spice up the lineup.  In recent memory, the names AMG, M-Sport, Type S, and TRD come to mind as offerings in the marketplace that carry a “special edition” sporty look and feel.

But back in the 1960s, the Chevrolet Super Sport badge reigned supreme.  The Pick of the Day is a 1964 Chevrolet Impala SS two-door hardtop wearing that all-important “SS” badge on its rear quarter panel, offered on ClassicCars.com by a private seller in Clarence, Iowa.  To top it off, the car is reported to have only 65,139 miles on the odometer.

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The first Chevrolet to wear a Super Sport badge was a custom-built Corvette racecar in 1957 that never made its way to a public highway. The SS nameplate eventually name made its way to a production car on the Impala in 1961 as a “kit.”  More specifically, the SS sports and appearance package at the time included upgrades to the chassis, suspension, brakes, wheel covers, and dashboard.  Since that time, SS badges have been worn by many Chevrolet cars, pickup trucks, even SUVs.

“This Impala SS is sure to be the talk of the neighborhood when it gets delivered to your door,” the listing says.  The cosmetics look well-sorted, and the seller states that this is a Southern car that is free of rust issues.  Amenities are plentiful, too, since it comes optioned with a center console, power steering, power brakes, and a clock. 

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“Car has the perfect stance that a 1964 Impala should have, and a gorgeous set of American Racing Torque Thrust wheels that give it that wow factor.”

The Impala name evolved through 10 generations, launching in 1958 as the top-line trim level for the Bel Air, offered only in two-door form as a hardtop or a convertible.  From there, the styling grew wider, lower, and more differentiated thanks to the launch of four-door models in hardtop and sedan form. 

By the time the third generation B-body Impala started rolling off the line in 1961, the available combinations of drivetrains and body styles were vast, with six different engines ranging from a 230cid Turbo Thrift inline-six to a 427cid V8.  This example moves under the power of a mid-range motor offering: a 327cid Turbo Fire V8, coupled with a 4-speed manual transmission.  

“The power comes from a great running and sounding 327 cubic inch small-block V8,” the seller states.  “This car will represent you and your family very well at the cruise-ins and car shows this summer.” 

The seller is asking $32,995 for this super clean Super Sport.

To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.

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