Newly restored. First-rate bodywork gives it a factory fresh look, and all the panels are crisp, detailed, and wave-free. Panel gaps are excellent throughout, and the build quality is evident even in the photos The paint is two-stage urethane and the finish is miles deep, a pure white with a brilliant shine that should last for decades given the right care.
The '50s were over, and the cars of the early '60s were restrained in their use of chrome and trim. The grille is simple, framing quad headlights. The SS models received that cool engine-turned strip of trim running the length of the body. Correct new Impala SS badges are on the rear quarters, and the front fenders proudly wear '409' emblems, perhaps as a warning.
In the early days of the horsepower wars, the dual-quad 409 was king. There was simply nothing else on the road that could touch its 425 horsepower, and in the Impala SS coupe, it was powerful enough to yank buildings off their foundations. Fresh and exceptionally well detailed, the engine bay in this car has "show winner" written all over it. From the chrome air cleaner with twin snorkels, to the Chevy Orange paint that's as good as the paint on my daily driver, to the unique 409 valve covers, it is sanitary and brilliantly executed. Finishes on all the ancillary components are correct, and the exhaust headers are some of the best. The hoses wear correct GM markings and wear tower hose clamps, the radiator is freshly restored, and even the hood pad is brand new. Honestly, until you've driven a dual quad 409, you haven't lived.
The only transmission you want with your 409 is a 4-speed top off with a Hurst shifter, which feels like industrial machinery it's so precise and sturdy. The chassis has been completely restored, with a solid X-type frame and freshly rebuilt components present throughout. A new factory dual exhaust system. New shocks, freshly installed disc brake on the front, power steering and tilt steering make it a pleasure to drive, and it truly does cruise effortlessly at highly illegal speeds. Wheels are 18-inch Ridler wheels. A full set of the original SS wheel covers and the front drum brakes will be included with the purchase of the 64.
The interior is simply beautiful, dressed in red to contrast the exterior. Pure '60s elegance all the way, with a sporty vibe, that was the Impala SS. The red buckets are in great condition as well as all of the door panels which house the electric window switches. The red carpets are also new with the correct weave and nap. A 7000 RPM 409 tachometer is installed in its own pod atop the steering column, which is about the coolest factory gauge installation you'll find. Stretching across the driver's side of the instrument panel, the restored speedometer shows crisp numbers and a crystal clear lens. Down low, another engine-turned panel houses the switch gear and the original AM radio, and matches the center console. All the correct SS badging is included, with emblems on the console and door panels.. In back, the spatter finish on the trunk floors and walls is correct, and it is protected by new mats. A matching full-sized spare and complete jack assembly finish the nicely appointed trunk.
There's no question that these Impalas are surging forward in the market, and the top of the heap will always be the SS 409. With a hugely expensive, fresh restoration, this one is ready to show and enjoy and only you'll know what a bargain you got when you bought it. Lovely to look at and thrilling to drive, there's nothing else that drives like a 409, and even the handsome Impala sheet metal can't hide its performance car DNA. Compare this one to some lesser examples, and you'll see that this is a whole heck of a lot of car for not a lot of money.