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Series 1700 Six Cyl Hardtop Sport Coupe
Chassis Num: 31847S248184
Sold for $19,250 at 2009 RM Auctions.
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.

By Daniel Vaughan | Oct 2011
Series 1700 Six Cyl Convertible
This car is completely original with a 327 CID, V8 engine, automatic power-glide transmission, power steering, power brakes, original seat belts and radio. It is an AACA first place junior and senior show car with medallion on fire wall. The professional restoration took two and a half years.

The Impala was first introduced in 1958. Manufacturer retail price new in 1963 was $3,725.75.
Series 1700 Six Cyl Hardtop Sport Coupe
Driven off the Tarrytown, New York assembly line on June 10th of 1963 by Governor Nelson Rockefeller, this particular SS409 marked the production of General Motors 50-millionth Chevrolet. A special Anniversary Gold paint was chosen for this milestone vehicle. The car was acquired by Harry May Chevrolet of Monroe, MI where it was a showroom draw for 25 years.

The present owner purchased the car in 1991 with only 92 documented miles. It still rests on its original tires.

There were 153,271 1963 Impala SS models produced in 1963. There were 16,902 Chevrolets that had the optional 409 engine.
Series 1700 Six Cyl Hardtop Sport Coupe
This 1963 Chevrolet Impala SS is fully documented as the '50-millionth' Chevrolet built. It came off of the Tarrytown, New York assembly-line on June 10, 1963 and was first driven by then-New York Governor, Nelson Rockefeller.

The Impala SS is painted in 'Anniversary Gold' - which was previously used during the 50-year celebration of Chevrolet and is built to GM's 'show car' standard. It's powered by the famous 409 cubic-inch eight-cylinder engine that developed 340 horsepower.

The car served as a touring promotional vehicle before being displayed on the showroom floor at Harry May Chevrolet in Monroe, Michigan for more than 25 years. With only 92 miles on the odometer it was then relegated to a storage building and remained there until 1992 when acquired by the current owners. The car still sits on its original tires and has accumulated a mere 140 miles since it was driven by Governor Rockefeller 45-years ago. A delicate restoration was done in 2000 to repair minor damage that occurred during storage.
The Beach Boys sang harmonies to Chevy's 409-cid big-block V-8, rated at a thumping 425-hp for 1963. The hardtop '63 Impala Sport Coupe, wîth its convertible-look roofline, crisply tailored flanks, and pointed fenders, beautifully showcased the big brute of an engine. The sleek 1963 Impala could also be had wîth a Chevy 283 or 327 small-block V-8 engine, and was even available as a six-cylinder model. The popular Super Sport package included special SS exterior details and front bucket seats wîth a console. Collectors drool over '63 Impalas today – especially when there is an original 409 V-8 under hood – and the '63 is also a favorite wîth hot rodders and customizers.

Source - Chevrolet
Series 1700 Six Cyl Convertible
Impala was Chevrolet's full-size, most expensive, and soon to become America's best-selling series, first launched in 1958. It fought tooth and nail with Ford's Galaxie and Plymouth's Fury when 'full-size' dominated the market. The 1961 through 1964 was the 3rd generation Impala on the GM B-body and was the subject of a re-style, visually 'more boxy' than the previous generation. Mechanically identical to the 1962, the 1963 is the most popular year for the Impala collectors. Chevrolet's small-block 283- and 327-cubic-inch motors were the Convertible's best option. The new price ranged from $2,917 to $3,024.
Series 1800 V8 Convertible
Chevrolet's heritage dates to 1911 when William 'Billy' Durant and racer Louis Chevrolet formed the Chevrolet Motor Company. Durant had been forced out of GM in 1910 and wanted to use Chevrolet's designs to rebuild his own reputation.

The Chevrolet 'Bow Tie' was trademarked in 1913 and by 1916 Chevrolet was profitable enough to enable Durant to buy a majority share in GM and regain his position as President. Chevrolet became a separate division, positioned by Chairman Alfred Sloan to compete with Ford's Model T. By the late 1920s, Chevrolet was the largest selling brand in the United States and to this day remains GM's top seller. By the 1930s, as many auto makers struggled, Chevrolet prospered, overtaking Ford in sales.

Chevrolet first used the Impala name for a 1956 Motorama show car. The Impala entered production beginning in 1958 and became Chevy's flagship. It was named for an African antelope and was Chevrolet's most expensive car at the time. Ed Cole called it a 'prestige car within the reach of the average American citizen.' It could be ordered as either a coupe or convertible. Either way, one design feature became its hallmark, the triple taillights on each side. The Impala was a hit, selling over 125,000 coupes in just its first year.

This car has power windows and a 283 CID, two-speed Powerglide drivetrain.
The 1950's Impala was big, very big. It actually began its life as a top option level of the Bel Air. Due to sales being so well for this body style, Chevrolet decided to create the Impala as its own model. Its styling has been termed 'bat-winged' due to the rear-styling of the vehicle. A variety of engines were available ranging from an inline-6 cylinder up to a triple carburetor, 348 cubic-inches V8 capable of producing 315 horsepower. A fuel injected V8 became available in 1959.

From the front of the car, the design was fairly normal for the 1950's era. Extensive amounts of chrome littered the front end. Two headlights, located side-by-side, were placed on each sides of the vehicle. A front grill was used to help keep the engine cool. View the car from the side and it becomes immediately clear that this is a big vehicle. The length of the vehicle could be extended an additional 11 inches by adding the Continental spare tire cover to the rear of the car. Viewing the car from the rear, the car quickly ends up in a league of its own, with only a few other vehicles such as the Cadillac Series 62 / DeVille having such a radical rear-end. The vehicle featured rear-fins that resembled cats-eyes. To top it all off, this car was not-only long, it was also very wide.

Drum brakes were used and due to the weight of the vehicle, tended to wear out rather quickly. The Impala came in three different body styles including a four-door sedan, two-door coupe, and a convertible coupe. Even though the vehicle weighed 3650 lbs, it could achieve a zero-to-sixy run in about 9 seconds. Top speed was in the neighborhood of 130 miles-per-hour.

By Daniel Vaughan | Dec 2009

Chevrolet Impala, 1958-1960

In 1958, Chevrolet decided to move upscale with a new trim level for the successful Bel Air. Called Impala, the upgrade package included enhanced interior and exterior styling, along with powertrain options potent enough to create one of the best performing large cars available at the time.

The name of this new trim level had been used at Chevy before, when GM was showcasing dream cars in its 1956 Motorama shows. One auto created for this show by GM's design studio was the Chevrolet Corvette Impala. With a hardtop and room for five, this concept was created to show the possibility of producing a full model line for the Corvette. It had a traditional Corvette grille and swoopy lines with a sporty flair, free of the fins so popular on sedans.

Though the Corvette Impala never made it beyond concept car status, the Bel Air Impala retained some of its sporting intent. The priciest car in Chevrolet's fleet, the new flagship could be had with a 348c.i. V8 producing 315bhp.

Ironic given the clean lines of the Corvette Impala, the Bel Air Impala featured large fins and as much chrome as a contemporary roadside diner. Other new styling elements included a six taillight rear treatment, and a wide front view with four headlamps. The Impala package could be ordered only as a coupe or convertible, enhancing the sporting image of the car. While the base engine was a 145bhp straight six, every other available engine was a V8 displacing 283c.i. or 348c.i. With this plethora of performance-minded engine options, buyers knew theses vehicles were serious.

The Bel Air Impala was an easy seller. Despite its premium price, the public loved its looks and available power. Its sales volume was high enough to prompt Chevy to bring back the Impala for 1959 as a model line in its own right, free of Bel Air connections.

Available as a sedan, coupe, and convertible, the 1959 Impala was an even bigger hit. Its design was fresh and considered very stylish, with huge fins second in size only to Cadillac's. The Impala was named after an African antelope, hence the car's logo. Other animals were evidently taken into consideration as well during the designing of the Impala. The large tailfins were referred to as 'bat wings.' The long, narrow taillights, which tapered toward the center to sharp points, were called 'cat's eyes.'

Many consider the early Impala the first real muscle car. The 1958 models especially followed the formula of taking a big sedan, getting rid of a couple of doors, and shoehorning in the biggest V8 that'll fit under the hood.

For 1959, the performance slant of Impalas took on a hint of greater sophistication when an impressive new engine choice was made available. A 283c.i. V8 with an advanced fuel injection system was introduced. With more power than the cheapest 348c.i. engine, the fuel injected motor made a great choice. Unfortunately, it was never very popular and is a rare find today.

The 1960 Impala was a letdown for driving enthusiasts. Some of the distinct styling features were deleted, as was the availability of fuel injection. The Impala had taken a step away from its performance roots. It continued to sell incredibly well, though. In 1959, the Impala was already the bestselling Chevrolet. In 1960, it became America's bestselling car of any manufacturer.

Successful or not, the Impala was beginning to lose its direction in 1960. But hopeful enthusiasts were rewarded for their patience a year later when the 1961 Impala SS was introduced, bringing a brand new performance icon to Chevrolet. The Impala would go on to become the bestselling full-size car of all time.

Sources:, '1956 Chevrolet Impala Show Car.' Car Styling 7 Mar 2009

Patterson, Marit Anne. '1958 Chevrolet Impala Convertible.' Sports Car Market 08 Aug 2008 7 Mar 2009

'Chevrolet Impala History.' Muscle Car Club 7 Mar 2009

'1958 Chevrolet Impala.' 1958 Classic Chevrolet: 'A Whole New Look' 7 Mar 2009

By Evan Acuña
Considered to be ‘the best selling full-size car in the U.S.,' in 1960 the Chevy Impala was designed and built by the Chevrolet division of General Motors.

Originating as a sports coupe, the Impala began as a dreamcar for the 1956 General Motors Motorama.
The name Impala originated from a southern African antelope known for its speed and prowess. Introduced in 1958, the Impala was developed by chief engineer automotive executive for General Motors, Edward Cole.
Michigan born, Cole was the son of a dairy farmer whose lifelong aspiration was to become an automotive engineer. Beginning as a lab assistant for the General Motors Institute, Cole worked in engineering before gaining recognition and becoming promoted to chief engineer in 1952. Cole eventually became president of Chevrolet in 1967.

Introduced with a trim package, the new sporty model was unique with its six taillights. Eventually becoming the ‘best selling car in the Chevrolet product line', in 1959 it became a separate model in both two and four-door versions. Within the second year of production, production reached 473,000 units.

Continuing for a decade as the best-selling automobile in the U.S. Impala broke the record for sales with over 13 million units sold. The Impala held this record until 1977 setting an ‘all-time industry annual sales record of more than 1 million units.'

Introducing the largest impala, the 1971 redesign set the standard that has yet to be topped remaining Chevrolet's top-selling model until the late 1970's.

The design of the Impala SS (Super Sport) became the model often credited for the beginning of the muscle car era.

During the 1973 energy crisis that rocketed the nation, the impact of high rising gas prices put a damper on the industry. Impala sales plummeted and the redesign of the Impala to meet changing demands. Minimized in length, becoming more narrow and taller in stature, the new Impala showcased ‘the new image of the full-size American car – smaller, lighter, more efficient.'

Over the decades, the Impala has continued to remain an American trademark, enhanced by its ability to evolve with the times.

Introduced during the Los Angeles Auto Show in 2005, the 2006 Impala came complete with a base engine, a 3.5 L V6 that produced 211 hp. A completely revised interior, the 06 Impala was selected by Fleet car of the Year by both Automotive Fleet and Business magazines.

By Jessica Donaldson
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