Millions of Chevy Impalas were sold over the model’s lifetime. Some of those were very rare, some had amazing performance, like today’s feature Impala SS 409. The Super Sport (SS) package was added as a mid-year option for the 1961 Chevy Impala. Available on all Impala body styles, it consisted of Super Sport trim inside and out, chassis reinforcements, power steering, power brakes, special sintered metallic brake linings, stronger springs and shocks, and better tires on wider station wagon wheels.
For the 1963 model year, the Chevy Impala SS offered W-Head Big Block 409s in 340-horsepower, 400-horsepower, and 425-horsepower variants. The 340-horse option could be had with either a four-speed manual or a two-speed Powerglide automatic transmission.
Our feature 1963 Chevy Impala SS is powered by the matching-numbers, 340-horsepower 409 W-Head Big Block backed by a two-speed Powerglide automatic. It is finished in a shiny Tuxedo Black paint over a red vinyl bucket seat interior. The Impala has an older restoration that is holding up well. The paint shows some minor swirl, but nothing too off-putting. The chrome bumpers and trim appear to be free of pitting or patina. Stainless steel is polished well, glass looks to be free from defects, and the weatherstrip is still quite pliable. Painted steel wheels are fitted with redline radial tires and topped with polished SS hubcaps.
Inside the Chevy Impala SS, the bright red interior is the perfect contrast to the glossy black exterior. Front bucket seats flank the center console. The dash features machine-turned trim framing the speedometer and gas gauge, with a centrally-located, dash-mounted factory tach just above the steering column. A pushbutton AM radio is mounted in the dash, with a hidden JL Audio system tucked away, feeding the trunk-mounted subwoofer. This Impala SS is equipped with power windows and factory air conditioning.
The engine bay on this Impala SS is home to the legendary W-Head 409. It wears a chrome dress-up kit that includes valve covers, air cleaner, brake fluid reservoir cap, oil filler neck and cap, and an aftermarket chrome alternator. Beneath the chrome air cleaner is an Edelbrock four-barrel carb. Spent gasses exit through a true dual exhaust system. Power steering has been added, and the suspension has been converted to four-corner adjustable coilovers.
This slick Chevy Impala SS 409 hardtop is being offered by Streetside Classics of Fort Worth, Texas, for $68,995.