1963 Chevrolet Impala Coupe
The impala is one of the most common and most graceful of all
Africa's antelopes. A slender, agile creature, it can clear
formidable obstacles and run at speeds faster than 60km/h. They are
fleet runners who can leap up to 30 feet in length and 10 feet in
height. They use their tremendous speed and agility to avoid
predation, and seemingly for pure enjoyment. The name 'Impala' come
from the Zulu language meaning 'gazelle'. 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 1963, 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!
For consignment a barn find brought to Pennsylvania from Missouri,
worked a bit, and upgraded transmission, some new parts put on, and
now a driver which can go virtually anywhere reliably. An original
engine, new 4-speed transmission, 95 percent all steel with slight
bondo areas, a good paint job, new wheels, and you will be turning
heads by leaps and bounds!
The beneficiary of a respray changing color from the original
Silver Blue to now draped in Monaco Blue, a few areas of wear are
showing where the bondo was put on, mainly the rear quarter and
front fenders, but it's minor. Some inclusions are also noted
within the paint, but again you have to look closely to really
catch them. Straight steel panels, gaps well minded, and very
nicely preserved chrome and brite work. A beautiful belt line trim
spear runs the length, and with the chromed bumpers adds nice and
tasteful highlight to this dark blue classic. The iconic triple
taillights bring up the rear and are essential to every Impala.
15-inch Cragar SS's adorn each corner and are wrapped in new
A swing of the door and we are brought back in time to 1963 with
stitched vinyl and metal buttons on the doors, and just a bit of
carpet on the lower thirds. Feasting our eyes on the split front
bench we are greeted with triangulated cloth patterned inserts with
smooth blue vinyl bolsters. The rear seat takes its cues from this
front bench and has the rear speaker inserted in the middle. These
benches float in a sea of blue carpet in good condition, and
carpeted floor mats protect the floors. The dash is pure early 60's
Chevrolet, with a two-tiered setup speedo and gauges on top and a
stainless strip with embedded knobs all within easy reach of the
driver. An aftermarket AM/FM radio has been installed. The original
three on the tree has now been replaced with a 4-speed floor
shifting Muncie. A shout out to the trunk which looks like the day
it left the factory, all original steel showing no rust.
Flipping there hood we are met with a 283ci V8 in correct orange
block painted glory. A recently rebuilt 2-barrel carburetor sits
under a factory looking air cleaner. Hoses and belts are like new,
and a master cylinder was newly installed in April of this year. As
noted, the original 3-speed was replaced with a floor shifting
Muncie transmission, and shifts smoothly.
The years spent cooped up in the barn were good to this old gal as
there are areas of surface rust on the frame, but it is all
structurally sound on the floorboard, toe kicks, inner fenders and
frame. A new exhaust system has been put in as has a new gas tank.
Independent front suspension, and 4-link rear suspension is seen,
and drum brakes are all around.
A true driver, great upgrades, a snazzy engine compartment, and
wonderful retro interior all in very nicely presenting condition,
is here for the taking at Classic Auto Mall. Come on in and take a
look at this Classic, and you may soon be outrunning your
competition...by leaps and bounds.
47-2 Door Sport Coupe
S-St Louis MO Assy Plant
261292-Sequential Unit Number
5C-3rd Week May Build
STYLE 63 1847-1963 Impala 2 Door Sport Coupe
BODY SL60843-St Louis Body #
PAINT 912-Silver Blue
ACC F C-F Tinted Windows, C Padded Dash
Classic Auto Mall is a 336,000-square foot classic and special
interest automobile showroom, featuring over 450 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.