327 V8 Survivor: 1963 Chevrolet Impala SS

The Impala Super Sport was in its third year of production in 1963. After a slow start in 1961 as a muscle car (selling just 453 copies), the numbers ballooned to 99,311 in 1962 as Chevrolet changed the focus from performance to style. The buying public loved these sporty big automobiles and swooped up another 153,271 copies in ’63. This example has all the earmarks of a survivor with only 48,000 miles and might be original as possible at 60 years of age. Located with a dealer in Oconee, Florida, this beauty is available here on eBay where the bidding holds at $20,900 without touching the reserve.

Chevrolet’s full-size cars were redesigned in 1961, so each year forward would provide styling tweaks and adjustments. Of all the Chevies to ride on this platform through 1964, the ‘63s may be the most attractive given the pointed edges at both ends of the car. If you bought an SS in 1963, you got an Impala with special badging, buckets seats, aluminum dash accents, and SS-specific wheel covers.

You could get one of these machines with any Chevy engine (even an inline-6), but the 327 cubic inch V8 that’s in the seller’s car was likely the most popular. What may have been ordered on just a minority of these autos is the Muncie M-20 4-speed manual transmission which resides in this Impala. We assume everything is numbers-matching.

This car is finished in Satin Silver Poly (paint code 940), and it appears to be the original application. We’re told that the sheet metal has never been damaged and the only rust may be a little of the surface variety on the floor of the trunk. The interior presents quite well although the carpeting may be tired on the driver’s side in front, thus a new set should be put on order. The seller (or maybe the prior owner) installed a new set of tires, but since a dealer is involved, very little is unknown about the Impala’s history. All-in-all, one sweet ride!

Comments

  1. Joe Haska

    Looks like a very nice car and very desirable. Of course it all depends on the reserve. I remember when these were new and all the older guys (mid twenties) were buying them like crazy. Not all 409 4 speeds ,many just like this one and they were very cool!

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    • Steve R

      The dealer has it listed on their website for $40,963.

      Steve R

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  2. Troy

    When I was 12/13 granddad had one he had purchased it new and it was his daily not that he drove much in the then small town of Anacortes Washington then one day he was on his way home from getting vegetables from a farmer a few miles away he watched the dump truck pass but didn’t see the pup it was pulling he survived bumped and bruised but that was the end of that Chevy and him being in his 80s that was the last car he owned

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  3. Billyray

    With this year and model being my first car back in ’69, they always get my attention. This one looks so fine!

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  4. D.Johnson

    If this is a real SS, where is the factory tach?

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    • ACZ

      Not standard with the SS. It was a rare option.

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  5. Bob Thompson

    There are a few items under the hood that are not correct as delivered from the factory. First it is the wrong air cleaner. The inner fender wells, fan shroud, and radiator core support should be painted semi-gloss black, not body color. All in all, a very nice 60 year old piece of automotive history. I like it!

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    • JoeJ56

      The windshield washer reservoir looks wrong too, most 63s I’ve seen have a glass bottle instead. That plastic cube is definitely later vintage.

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      • Chuck Dickinson

        No, Joe, the square plastic washer jug is correct. Chevy last used a glass washer jar in 58. What you are recalling is the small, triangular glass bottle of green washer “solvent” which came attached to the inner fender near the reservoir on all factory washer installations. The reservoir itself is plastic, only the solvent bottle was glass.

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  6. William C Yanson

    My dad had one of this with the same equipment, in white. A fun car to drive, but I insisted on swapping it for a Beetle when he wanted to give it to me in ’70.

  7. Idiot Boy

    Such a formal, beautifully trimmed, brutally handsome automobile. Or is she terminally pretty? Such a lovely and fitting color combination. The carpet has been there for 60 years and it looks perfectly fine. It’s earned the right to stay right where it is. New carpet would be a glaring mismatch. It doesn’t even come close to looking like original. Leave it alone or find another car that’s already been botched up with a Chinese interior. Yes, the tiny tear in the driver’s seat is just fine, too. Like your favorite worn-in pair of bluejeans. This car didn’t come this far for some dolt to mess everything up, did it? Let’s hope not. Please do the world a favor and stop encouraging people to desecrate beautifully preserved, honest old cars. Put an end to the utterly clueless and wasteful but inexplicably trendy mindless desecration. Consider it an introduction to Going Green and let that satisfy your need to be trendy. The earth thanks you.

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  8. Taco

    Low rider

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    • John S Dressler

      Dear God! Please – No!!!

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  9. Henry Davis Member

    I’ve been looking for a nice 61-65 one of these for years, but am flabbergasted at how the prices have gone up! Given the number produced, I don’t understand why the’re worth 2-3 times as much as a Mustang in similar condition.
    Got my driver’s license in 64 version of one of these, brand new. Mother bought it and we drove to DMV without going home. 327/250 PG w/dual exhaust. Drag raced the heck out of it in Pure Stock class. Won a lot more races with it than I ever did with my D-Gasser!

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  10. JoeJ56

    I’m with you Russ, I’ve always preferred the angular look of the 63s over the rounded look of the later years. And this one is equipped exactly the way I’d want, too bad the price is a bit rich for my blood.

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  11. Joe McKenzie

    Very nice, but, not original. I bought a ’62 new, and I believe, as did one other gentleman, that under the hood has been re-painted — and likely, the exterior. Should be black. Also, wrong breather. This comment not meant to degrade this car — it is very nice — but not $ 40,000 nice. Thanks for posting.

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  12. Gloria

    why would a vehicle with only 48,000 miles have a worn out carpet?

  13. 64 Bonneville

    I looked at the full photos on e-bay. under the hood is not all that is incorrect about the car. I would prefer a 63 Impala hardtop with 300HP 327 motor and 4 speed, just looking like a plain old Impala. Super Sport package never did turn my crank. In fact I think the buckets and console add weight over the basic bench seat. weight kills you in racing. I might go $26–28K for it, but no way 40K .

  14. Fred

    At the Huntington, NY Heckscher Park car show in the mid 90’s, an “old timer” was selling a ’62 with an incredible sounding 409 for something like $15K. Still kicking myself.

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  15. Rw

    Not positive but dual inlet breather late 60s/early 70s im thinking.

  16. V12MECH

    Already hit $30k, looks good, on the watch list, maybe $35 ?. Good grief if this hits close to 40 , look for more total garbage ones, like we haven’t seen enough, on this site soon.

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  17. ACZ

    Makes me wish I still had mine. I miss it.

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  18. John

    My personal favorite in the ‘61-64 series of full-size Chevys is the super-cleanly styled 1962. But I love the futuristic dash of the ‘63-64. I guess you could do a retrofit, but that’s against my religion. Anyway, that’s one fine-looking ‘63!

  19. John S Dressler

    A 409 price tag on a 327 car. It’s already priced out of its league at 30K. The only way the cost of owning one of these classic cars will return to a realistic value is when people with more money then knowledge stop overpaying for them. If not, owning a classic car will just become a hobby for the fiscal elite instead of a hobby for all of us the way it used to be.

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    • ACZ

      It already has become that.

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