Left-hand drive 1964 Chevrolet Impala Super Sport Coupe Registration no. DRR 510B Chassis no. 41447L197041 Engine no. tba
Originally applied to two-door hardtop coupé and convertible versions of Chevrolet's Bel Air in 1958, the Impala name was subsequently used in its own right to signify a top-of-the-range luxury trim level rather than a separate and distinct body style. Marketed as 'All New, All Over Again', the 1959 Chevrolets were altogether more modern in appearance, being longer, lower and wider than before. Glass areas were vast, while other styling innovations included 'bat wing' rear fenders, 'cat's eye' tail lamps and an enormous rear deck seemingly big enough to land a helicopter on. The Impala's basic engines comprised a 235.5ci (3,861cc) overhead-valve six and a 283ci (4,639cc) V8; power output depended on the transmission specified and there was a host of high-performance options.
This '2nd Generation' Impala lasted until the announcement of the 1961 line-up, which was restyled on General Motors' existing 'B' platform, emerging with a more compact, boxy appearance. Also new was the 409ci (6.7-litre) 'Big Block' V8 engine option which was immortalised by the Beach Boys in '409', the B-side of their 1962 chart single 'Surfin' Safari'. Offering 360bhp initially and in excess of 400 brake horsepower in subsequent iterations, this mighty power plant endowed the luxurious, top-of-the-range Impala with sports car-beating acceleration. Many buyers chose to enhance their cars by specifying the 'Super Sport' package of (mainly) cosmetic improvements before the 'Impala Super Sport' became a distinct two-door model line - Chevrolet's most expensive - in its own right for 1964.
According to its chassis number, this particular Impala Super Sport Coupe was built at Chevrolet's Los Angeles, California factory in 1964. Reportedly a very well optioned example, it is said to have been upgraded to 425bhp specification, the highest output available from the 409ci V8 engine that year. Americana at its best, this Impala was the subject of a painstaking 'rotisserie' restoration in 2008 and is judged by the vendor to be in generally excellent condition. Indeed, he believes that it would be difficult to find a better 409ci-engined '64 Impala Super Sport Coupe anywhere (and certainly on this side of the Atlantic). Finished in white with blue upholstery, the car boasts trademark aluminium-turned inserts to its dashboard and centre console as well as a full complement of 'Impala SS' badges. Riding on correct-type wheels and equipped with such niceties as the four-speed manual gearbox and factory air-conditioning (the latter still in working order), the Impala is understood to have covered fewer than 1,000 miles since its refurbishment. Worthy of close inspection, this imposing muscle car is offered for sale with current MoT/tax and Swansea V5C registration document. Another rare and highly collectible example of elegant General Motors styling, this wonderful Impala Super Sport is the very embodiment of space, spirit and splendour.