1963 Chevy Impala SS

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1963 Chevrolet Impala SS


1963 Chevrolet Impala SS

Chevrolet launched their widest ever range of models in 1963. Of these, they sold three out of every ten cars in America, that equates to 2,300,300 vehicles (which includes sales for the Corvette and Corvair). This output was 700,000 cars more than that of the company’s closest manufacturing rival, which was Ford Motor Company. At the time, the chief executive, Bunkie Knudsen was still at the helm of the GM division.


1963 Chevrolet Impala SS


1963 Chevrolet Impala SS

For us race fans, this was a vintage year for factory drag racing options. In addition, the Chevy Chevelle was just launched that year. At the other end of the product types, the full-size Impala was the 'upper crust' Chevy model. lt.was the only '63 model to receive new sheetmetal, and looked elegant and uncluttered.


1963 Chevrolet Impala SS with some upgraded wheels


1963 Chevrolet Impala SS Z11

The Impala had started life in the late fifties as a model in the Bel Air series, and soon became instantly recognisable by its triple line, taillight treatment. A large range of options were available for the car, including the RPO Z11 race ready package.


1963 Chevrolet Impala SS


1963 Chevrolet Impala SS

The Impala was Chevy's largest seller at the time and it was their plushest car which had most of the extra equipment as standard on the model’s lower lines. They also had bright aluminium front seat end panels, patterned cloth and leather grained vinyl upholstery in color-coordinated materials over thick foam seat cushions. A sport-style steering wheel was fitted, and other extras included an electric clock, parking brake warning lamp, and dashboard face panels in textured bright metal.


1963 Chevrolet Impala SS

The Super Sport (RPO Z03) trim was upgraded for the '63, with the addition of special chrome spinner hubs, extra emblems, matching cove inserts, bucket seats and a locking storage compartment (when the transmission was upgraded to four-speed or Powerglide automatic).


1963 Chevrolet Impala SS


1963 Chevrolet Impala SS

Super Sports also had the option to fit the Turbo-Fire 409-cid V-8, and most of these fitted in '63 were installed on this model. This was just one of six V-8 options that were available, producing between 250 and 430 horsepower, all the way from mild to wild. The biggest engine was available only with the Z11 package, and was the prototype for the spectacularly successful 396-cid V-8 of 1965.


1963 Chevrolet Impala SS


1963 Chevrolet Impala SS

Car magazines road tested two Impala SS sport coupes with V-8 engines at both ends of the mild and wild scale - the 250 horsepower 327 and the newly introduced 340 horsepower 409. Both cars were installed with Powerglide automatic, power steering and power brakes. The testers found the automatic gears tricky on both cars, and slow to shift, but liked their performance in the acceleration tests. Of course, the 409-cid engine was much quicker, covering a quarter mile in 15.9 seconds, reaching 88 mph.


1963 Chevrolet Impala SS

Base Price: $2774
Wheelbase: 119 inches
Compression Ratio: 9.25:1
Horsepower: 195 at 4800 rpm
Displacement: 283 cid
Engine: (Base V8) Overhead valve
Number Produced: 399,224

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