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HardTop Sport Coupe
 
For 1961, Chevrolet - like all GM divisions - introduced a new 'down size' look. The Impala series was easily identified by the crossed racing flag insignias affixed to the car as well as its triple tail lights.

Several engine options were available in 1961. This Impala is equipped with the optional 348 cubic-inch Super Turbo-Thrust V-8, three two-barrel carburetors, resulting in 280 horsepower.

Originally built in California, this award-winning Impala was the recipient of a frame-off restoration in 2000.
HardTop Sport Coupe
 
In 1961, Chevrolet was celebrating its golden anniversary and continuing to amplify the phenomenal success of the small block V8, the division's powertrain trump card. The year also marketed the introduction of the Super Sport designation, the hottest member of the Chevy lineup. But there was more to the 1961 Chevrolet story than power. The era of fins had given way to a clean, purposeful look, which projected power and action-readiness.

The Super Sports made their first appearance in February of 1961, mid-way through the model year. The designation was created, at least in part, to herald the arrival of the celebrated 409 V8. However, teething problems limited total 409 production to just 142 engines. But Chevy's well-developed 348 provided plenty of punch, and sporty suspension tuning gave the SS handling responses that were exceptional for the day.

Offered as a coupe, the Impala's otherwise rectilinear lines were softened by its curved roofline, affectionately known as the 'bubble top.' Offered on various General Motors coupes, the bubble top design distinction was limited to 1961 models, enhancing their collectability today.

Assembled in the Old Van Nuys plant in suburban Los Angeles, this Impala Super Sport is one of just 453 sold in 1961. It's been owned by the current owners for 16 years, and was the cover car of the April 2003 issue of Chevy Times magazine.
Hardtop Sport Sedan
 
For 1961, Chevrolet - like all GM divisions - introduced a new 'down size' look. The Impala series was easily identified by the crossed racing flag insignias affixed to the car as well as its triple tail lights.

This is a very special car - 60 years later it's still in the hands of the original owner, who purchased it new from Ewing Chevrolet in Canton, Ohio. The car remains just as it was delivered - except for a repaint in the original colors.

Several engine options were available in 1961. This Impala is equipped with the standard Chevrolet 283 V-8 that produced 170 horsepower.
HardTop Sport Coupe
 
Chevrolet's heritage dates to 1911 when Billy Durant and racer Louis Chevrolet started the Chevrolet Motor Company. Durant's colorful career included founding, being ousted, and returning to control of GM where he brought Chevrolet into the fold.

Eventually Chevy's 'bowtie' would become one of the most recognized brand symbols in history. The Chevrolet brothers, Louis, Arthur and Gaston would enjoy racing success, including Gaston's 1920 Indy 500 win. GM positioned the brand to compete with Ford's popular Model T, and by the late 1920s Chevrolet had become GM's volume leader and remains so to this day. The Impala and its iconic triple taillights became Chevy's flagship when introduced in 1958.

This car is the rare Sport Coupe with a 348 CID engine rated at 350 horsepower. The 348 was a descendent of hardworking truck engines but this one came with tri-power, solid lifters and 11.25:1 compression. The current owner recalls that his dad owned a red-on-red 1961 model. With so many fond memories associated with that car he longed to own one himself someday. He spotted this one in 1977 - at age 15 - and kept in touch with the owner.

In 1991 he was finally able to buy it. It has just 34,400 miles on it and had been kept as original as possible. Even today, every date stamp and casting code is correct, and it has the original clutch, brakes and plug wires. Wrapped in luxurious Tuxedo Black it also has the original engine and Borg Warner 4-speed along with 3.70:1 gears.
HardTop Sport Coupe
Chassis Num: 11837S184922
 
Sold for $70,000 at 2013 Mecum.
There were a total of 456 Impala Super Sport models built in 1961 and just 142 of those were equipped with the 409 motor. This example has a Turbo-Fire 409/360 HP V8 engine with a single 4-barrel carburetor and a floor-shifted 4-speed manual transmission. There are dual rear antennas, push button radio, bench seats, fender skirts, spinner wheel covers, and white whitewall tires.
By Daniel Vaughan | Nov 2013
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