The ultimate heavy Chevy of the 1960s has to be the 1964 Impala SS, and of those, there\'s nothing more appealing than a sinister 409 hardtop like this. It\'s a real SS with its believed original engine, a quick-shifting 4-speed manual, and that gorgeous Palomar Red tuxedo, this stunning hardtop delivers maximum doses of Chevy performance and luxury.
Bright Red is typically what most folk think envision when they think about a hot \'64 Imp, and the next best thing is the elegant Code 948 Palomar Red that cloaks this legendary B-Body from General Motors. During the body-off restoration, the sweeping bodywork was straightened, smoothed, and sanded to perfection before several coats of that classic shade were reapplied. And thankfully, the 3-owner car never had any rust, never had any collision damage, and when it was restored it was almost entirely put back together using all of its original parts. It\'s the right choice on something like this car, which offers a unique combination of performance and comfort, a kind of grown-up\'s muscle car. Ultra-straight sheetmetal is especially critical on the Impala, what with those impossibly long quarters and straight lines that demand care when putting everything back together again. And as such a clean car before the restoration, you know that the beauty is more than skin deep. It\'s also good to see that this one is a real SS and comes by its ornate trim honestly instead of being some kind of clone. Triple taillights still signified something special, that Impala logo on the flanks certainly inspired and intimidated other motorists, and this car captures all of that brilliantly. The chrome has also been faithfully restored, all the trim is straight and shiny, and, well, there just can\'t be too many Impalas nicer than this one running around.
If you\'re impressed by the body, then the interior will likewise stand up to close scrutiny. Black bucket seats wear fresh and correct seat covers, there are plush reproduction carpets and SS door panels, and a beautiful dual-ring, thin-rim steering wheel lives on the original steering column. The factory gauges were fully restored, including the unusually rare factory tach mounted atop the steering column in its own pod, and the tall chrome shifter for the Muncie 4-speed manual transmission falls easily to hand inside the ornate and beautifully adorned factory center console. The original AM radio is still in place, although as you might expect it\'s only a show piece, but the legendary soundtrack of the 409 V8 should be enough entertainment for anyone on board – so long as they have blood running through their veins. The cabin seals up nicely, with Impala-scripted floor mats protecting the floors below and a taut headliner lining the roof above, and the backseat is so clean I doubt it\'s had a passenger since the restoration was completed. In back, the trunk is finished with a correct mat set that does nothing to hide the solid sheetmetal underneath, and the air-ride set-up has been neatly stored away and out of sight.
So, the car\'s obviously gorgeous, but the true appeal of this Imp is under the hood, where you\'ll find what is believed to be the original 409 cubic inch V8 with a factoring rating of 340 horsepower. The most respected engine in the Chevy performance world in 1964, this engine transforms the Impala from merely a nice car to a muscle machine that will eat Mustangs for lunch. Beautifully finished with Chevy Orange paint, those unique W-shaped chrome valve covers, and a chrome single-inlet air cleaner, it looks very hi-po in every sense of the word. It\'s running superbly and everything is fresh and clean everywhere you look, and frankly it drives better today than it did when it was new. A reproduction dual exhaust system gives it a wicked voice and the undercarriage is extremely clean but not over-done, so you can actually drive it without worries, yet still show it off with great pride. A full, auto-level
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