You certainly won’t fail to get noticed driving an automobile like this 1964 Chevrolet Impala SS – these big cruisers are amongst some of the most popular sixties classics. While you might draw attention people might not realise quite what is lurking under the hood – a mighty 409 cubic inch big block V8.
No longer simply a package, the Super Sport was a series in its own right and only available in the 2-door styles, the Impala SS was Chevrolet’s high end model and distinguished with SS identification trim inside and out. Except for the Corvette, it was the most expensive Chevy available in ’64.
Only available in 2-door styles, the Impala SS was Chevrolet’s high end model and distinguished with SS identification trim inside and out.
Unique to the SS was the use of an upper body side panel with silver anodized insert with a machined swirl pattern. The rear cove also used these silver anodized inserts to highlight the outline. Special wheel covers were also provided as standard.
To complete the look, and to compliment Tuxedo Black exterior, the inside features a mean looking black leather-grained vinyl upholstery with bucket seats in the front separated with a bright-trimmed center console. There are also swirl pattern, machined instrument panel inserts unique to the SS.
The base V8 for full-size Chevrolets was a 283 cubic inch, Turbo-Fire with 3-speed manual transmission. However, the original owner of this Impala opted for 409 big block and Powerglide combination costing an additional $549 on the price of the car.
Chevrolet built 185,325 Impala Super Sport models for the 1964 model year. This figure contains a mix of the 2-door hardtop and convertible. A realistic estimate is about 90% of those cars were the hardtop which had a base price of $2,839 and came with a 140 horsepower, 230 cubic inch six cylinder engine.
This ’64 Chevy Impala SS 409 is currently for sale on eBay. (follow the link for even more photos)