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Original Engine Included: 1964 Chevrolet Impala SS

Finding the ideal candidate for a project build can sometimes be challenging, particularly if an enthusiast seeks a car for a faithful restoration. This 1964 Chevrolet Impala SS might tick the boxes for Bow-Tie fans. While its engine bay currently houses a 350ci V8, the original 327 is included. It is a solid vehicle with only minor rust problems, and the overall impression is it would be excellent for someone considering a hands-on approach. The Impala is listed here on eBay in Greenville, South Carolina. Bidding has raced to $18,000, and with the reserve met, that new home is beckoning this beauty.

Chevrolet marketed its Third Generation Impala from 1961 until 1964, with our feature car rolling off the line during the final production year. This classic’s panels wear a consistent coat of primer as part of a stalled restoration, but beneath this hides the original Ember Red paint. Some potential buyers will balk at the idea of tackling an unfinished project, but the indications with this SS are generally positive. The panels are straight, and any imperfections shouldn’t pose a challenge to address. The seller assures us that the underside is rock-solid, with any rust issues confined to some small spots in the trunk pan. The front bumper, a couple of small pieces, and the grille look slightly damaged, but the remaining trim should present acceptably after concerted effort with the polishing cloth. The glass seems crystal clear, and while the Cragar wheels won’t appeal to all tastes, they are period-correct. However, at least three original hubcaps are included for those focused on a faithful restoration.

One aspect of this Impala that remains largely unmolested is its interior. Someone mounted additional gauges under the dash, but desirable features like the factory tachometer and pushbutton radio are intact. It isn’t perfect, but the condition is generally acceptable for a driver-grade vehicle. Replacing the headliner and carpet, including on the lower door trims and kick panels, would dramatically improve the appearance. The driver’s seat exhibits slight sagging and a seam separation, but addressing those faults without a retrim should be possible. The dash looks excellent, and the wheel is crack-free.

Lifting the Impala’s hood reveals a healthy 350ci V8 that sends its power to the rear wheels via the original four-speed manual transmission. The listing suggests this classic runs and drives well, although the specifications for this small-block are unclear. The 350 wasn’t even a thought in 1964, with the original owner ordering this SS with a 327ci powerplant. The seller doesn’t reveal which version it was, but it would have placed at least 250hp and 350 ft/lbs of torque at their disposal. This SS would never have matched the outright performance of cars like the Pontiac GTO, but hitting the “loud” pedal would have satisfied most owners. Those preferring authenticity will be pleased to learn the numbers-matching 327 is included. Its condition is unclear, but the original drivetrain will enhance this Chevy’s investment potential if it can be rebuilt.

This 1964 Impala SS is a promising project, and the twenty-seven bids submitted confirm that people like what they see. Returning it to its former glory appears to be a straightforward process, and reinstating its numbers-matching mechanical combination would be worth the time and effort. A high-end restoration should yield a value above $30,000 in the current market, although striving for perfection could produce a significantly higher figure. With the reserve met, its new home is days away. If a Barn Finds reader is the successful bidder, I hope they are willing to provide progress reports. I’m sure I’m not the only one who would love to see the finished product.

Comments

  1. HoA Howard A Member

    Gak, another freakin’ “visual”. Remember the 1st gf that had the Datsun 1200, this was like the car she traded in. Not an SS or 4 speed, but 2 door Impala same color. She had to sit on pillows to drive it. Funny, the lack of original gauges. How much gas and how fast you are going, maybe a clock. The factory tach, right in the middle, says, RPMs was more important than speed. Ah, the 60s,,,needs a blue drivers door and dingle balls, and this has the “Love Machine” all over it.

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    • JoeNYWF64

      Funny, i don’t remember ever seeing an optional FACTORY temp gage, let alone an ammeter or oil press gage in any full size ’64(or ’63) Chevy! Were they available & where the heck were they located in this style of dash?

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  2. Pugsy

    Perfect as is. Drive it and no worries.

    And the Cragars can’t be beat. Best mag ever made.

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  3. Bigfoot.

    Had a 64 came with tach and was a 300 horse 327.

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  4. Stu

    Bought a 64 Impala 2 dr hdtp when I got out of the service in 1966. Sold it in 67 to help with college costs. Very dark blue non SS with a 283. Still loved the car. Would paint this one the same dark blue. Ah, memories.

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  5. Steve RM

    Is that the right console? I’m not a chevy expert by any stretch of the imagination, but it just looks wrong to me. Like it almost fits but not quite.

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    • Stu

      I believe you are right on the console. It does look off somehow.

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