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409 Equipped! 1963 Chevrolet Impala

By the time 1963 came around, the Chevrolet Impala was two years into its third generation, with the car first coming into the marketplace for the ’58 model.  The third-gen debuted in 1961, a year which ended up being a legendary model in the car’s history, as this was the first year it could be equipped with an engine that caused so much fanfare a hit song ended up being written about it!  But the desirable 409 was only available in the Impala between 1961 and 1965, so if you’ve been dreaming about one day owning one of these iconic power plants, this 1963 Chevrolet Impala may be a good car for you to take a look at.  It’s located in Boynton Beach, Florida, and can be found here on eBay with a price tag of $69,950.

Many thanks go out to Barn Finds reader T.J. for another great tip on this one!  The seller says his ’63 is a real Barn Find original, except for the air conditioning and ignition, and he describes the car as “speechless”.   While the latter may be reasonable, it’s not exactly what we would deem a survivor here at Barn Finds, as the body had a respray in 2007.  Nonetheless, it presents beautifully from every angle we can see, with those painted wheels and hubcaps giving it a minimalist look that works really well for this package.  The paint job is described as amazing, but not perfect.

There’s the 409 sitting under the hood, which the seller mentions surprisingly little about, although he does provide a collage photo with some documents and a statement that says the engine, transmission, and rear-end are all original and numbers-matching.  There’s also what looks like an original issue of the Beach Boys 45 in with the documents, so I’d want to make sure that the vinyl went home with me along with the rest of the important paperwork!  No mention in the ad if any drivetrain parts have ever had a rebuild, but the seller does say the Impala drives perfectly, and that he would have no hesitation in driving it across the country.

The interior is said to be incredible and COMPLETELY original, with the adverb in all caps, and judging from the photos it’s hard to find much to fault about anything inside there.  The factory radio is still intact, though no word on whether or not it’s still putting out tunes.  Nothing about the chassis or underside of the car is addressed, and no photos are provided from down below either, although we do get to see inside the trunk which looks very well preserved.  All in all, this looks like a fine 409, and there’s also the option to submit an offer if you’re interested in testing the waters.  What are your thoughts on this 1963 Chevrolet Impala?


  1. Steve Weiman

    Pretty cool and unique Impala. It should’ve been a felony to order any 409 with a Powerglide………

    Like 12
  2. Dan H

    “My single quad, powerglide, awesome body 409.

    Fantastic looking car! But I’d put a 5 speed Tremec TKX in it for more fun. Of course it would need the Hurst spaghetti shifter stick to look like a factory 4 speed car. Maybe add the Edelbrock power package top end kit – heads, intake, etc. (painted orange to look stock).

    Heck in 15ish years when electric car become prominent it will be more challenging to enjoy cars like this. Might as well do it now!

    • Donald Sieger Member

      I am not a fan of the originality trend when you mention the Hurst spaghetti shifter it deters in my mind the fact that the Hurst competition plus shifter allows one to really slam the gears. Making it more fun to drive.

  3. al

    in 1963 the only 409 that could be bought with power gilde was the 340hp all others where sticks

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  4. Bellingham Fred

    If the car is “speechless”, does that mean the radio doesn’t work?

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  5. ken benson

    The PowerGlide was amazingly good. Throw no stones until you drive it.

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  6. local_sheriff

    Whoa, two X-frames in a row! 👍
    Definately a lovely ‘pala but to call it a barn find is a stretch, engine bay looks cleaner than new. Also looks like owner has borrowed a coolant catch can from a Wrangler…? Now that’s a neat way to collect coolant spills, however he could’ve done it even more stock appearing by installing a mod’d OE washer fluid reservoir for this purpose

  7. Terry Shanahan

    ’58 thru ’64 Impala’s were my sweet spot. Had several and loved every one.

    Like 1

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