The 1963 Impala SS is just as iconic today as it was when it was
new. As a testament to their enduring popularity, just watch any
music video or check out the garage of a pro athlete's home;
they're all rolling in vintage Impalas just like this brilliant
Roman Red SS hardtop. Sporting a strong-running 348/4-speed
drivetrain and a stunning repaint that looks authentic, it's this
year's best bet for stylish cruising.
Yes, this is a real code 18 Impala sport coupe and a real SS, as evidenced by the black bucket seat interior. It's also a very straight Impala with gorgeous, arrow-straight sheetmetal and a clean bill of health, thanks to living in a warm climate most of its life. The paint was done fairly recently, and carries a brilliant gloss that should make the original enamel jealous, giving it a finish that will be the envy of anyone who's ever built a black car themselves. The body fits together quite well and I personally like the monochromatic look of the red top on the red body. It's got a few signs of use and age, because this Chevy was built for the road, but you're going to love the way this one look as much as the way it runs. All the chrome and stainless trim is in good shape and even the side trim is remarkably devoid of parking lot dings. Correct engine-turned detailing is another clue that this is a real SS, since nobody in the aftermarket is making those particular pieces and they're incredibly hard to find second-hand.
Inside, the black bucket seat interior remains in exceptionally good condition. Refreshed at some point, it's a nice blend of original styling and some more up-to-date materials that are more inviting than the originals, without being obvious. Both seats are in excellent condition, and even the driver's seat shows very little wear. Recent carpets are the correct color and weave, and there are beautiful new door panels and a fresh headliner to round out the soft parts. Also note that this Imp offers a column-mounted Sun tachometer, auxiliary gauges under the dash, and a Hurst shifter atop the 4-speed gearbox. A modern AM/FM/cassette stereo has been seamlessly fitted to the original dash location, and even uses the original knobs! The super clean trunk offers a correct set of mats and a full-sized spare tire assembly that dates back to when the car was still a daily driver.
The 348 cubic inch V8 was a big step up from the standard six cylinder, which, ironically, was also available in SS trim. It's got a 3755011 casting number and it has obviously been well maintained. It's mostly stock save for an Edelbrock carb, plus an awesome V8 soundtrack from twin exhaust pipes underneath. It's also nicely detailed, with traditional 'W' shaped valve covers and a chrome air cleaner, plus the Chevy Orange paint on the block. The 4-speed shifts well and feeds the original rear end, and while you're under there, please note that the floors, frame, and other components are still in very good condition. Fresh 225/70/15 radials on shiny Rally wheels look awesome and preserve the factory hot-rod look.
This Impala is a timeless collectable that's also awesome to drive. There's more invested in the build than we're asking for the entire car, so if you've been looking, this is your chance. Call today!