1962 Chevrolet Impala SS Hardtop
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 classy 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 ease. 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 V badge on both
front quarter panels shines brightly against its Silver Blue
Metallic drenched steel. The paint is very nice, is miles deep and
remains so even on the rear fender skirts. A few imperfections and
dings are seen mostly on the lower parts of this car, but they are
minor. Out back are the traditional Impala 3 tail lights within a
ribbed aluminum field and below is a near flawless chrome bumper.
The overall presentation is near perfect and looking just fine on
the exterior. And lest I forget, it has knock off hub style wheel
coverings wrapped in 205/75R14 thin whitewall radials.
As we swing open the 1 of 2 doors on this hardtop, we are met with
warm light blue 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 embedded
throughout are the near perfect handles for window cranking, and
door opening. As we move inside 2 nicely presented buckets, framed
in chrome flank a center console that is very thin and shoehorned
between the buckets, and reaching no further than the seats. The
seats are covered in warm smooth blue for the bolsters and the
inserts are a silver blue background. Beautifully chromed tubs
support the backs of these seats and in back is a matching rear
bench. In their tops are more stitched and buttoned rectangular
panels just like the doors. A rear bench is across the back with an
iconic Impala logoed rear speaker between the top of the
bench-style seats. A futuristic stylish early mid century modern
near perfect padded dash with original gauges knobs and pulls. All
original for the steering wheel in very good condition fronts the
dash. Very nice thick pile gray carpeting covers the floors and is
protected by factory rubber mats, and a warm blue headliner hangs
The correct 283ci V8 rests under the hood and is of the 1962-1964
era. The engine presents beautifully and has an "orange", (red if
you will), block, and valve covers and could not be cleaner. On top
it is fitted with a single 2-barrel carburetor under the single
snout black air cleaner assembly and on back a 3-speed manual
transmission is bolted on. A 3.36 geared axle turns the tires and
all is looking good and nearly factory fresh.
Drum brakes are on all 4 corners, and they sit within a lightly
surface rusted structure of steel, and undercoated floor pans and
rockers. Independent coil springs are upfront and on the back is a
4 link with coil sprung suspension. For the exhale we note a dual
exhaust system with mismatched mufflers...one being a stock
replacement and the other being a Cherrybomb style.
A quick starter and easy driver with nice acceleration, good bias
free panic stopping and all functions working as they should be
save for the clock not keeping time. A veritable trip back to 1962
when times were simpler and cars had character.
Overall Impala SS from 1962 this car presents very nicely and goes
like a rocket ship. With its period correct engine, dealership
invoice, and all maintained, nice interior, the exterior is
beautifully preserved too. A fine example of early muscle that is
on a few steroids.
47-2 Door Hardtop
B-Baltimore, MD Assy Plant
239822-Sequential Unit Number
Classic Auto Mall is a 336,000-square foot classic and special
interest automobile showroom, featuring over 650 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.