The Chevrolet Impala model was introduced in 1958 as a sporty, high-level trim package for the upscale Bel Air series. The car was designed by Chevrolet Chief Engineer Ed Cole. The Impala became a separate Chevrolet model for 1959, and it became America's best-selling car that year. During its lifetime, total sales would exceed 13 million units, more than any other full-size car in automotive history.
For 1961, the Impala was restyled and based on the new GM 'B-Body' platform. It was restyled again in 1963 with pointed front and rear fenders, crisp lines and a low, sporty stance.
This 1963 Chevrolet Impala SS Two-Door Hardtop has been given a frame-off restoration that was completed in 2004. It is powered by a 327 cubic-inch small-block V8 engine and produced 300 horsepower. The engine was mated to a Powerglide automatic transmission. The interior includes bucket seats, a floor console with a floor-mounted shifter, special emblems, tri-bar wheel covers and an engine-turned dash, console and door panel appliqués. There is also the rare factory-installed air conditioning.
In 2009, it was offered for sale at the Vintage Motor Cars of Meadow Brook presented by RM Auctions. It was estimated to sell for $25,000 - $35,000 and offered without reserve. The lot was sold for the sum of $19,250 including buyer's premium.