Matt Harwood

1963 Chevy Impala hardtop 409/425 4-speed *SOLD*

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Dave,

I hadn't had time to respond to your post concerning the factory built verses the dealer installation of the SS option in 1961. Perhaps we should start a new thread about this, there may be others who are interested and may never see our conversation because it is buried in this thread. The SS option was RPO 240, it was a factory option starting in Feb. of 1961. According to GM records there were 453 of these cars built at the factories. In 1961 there were about 6000 Chevrolet dealers so you can see that the chances of a dealer getting one of these cars was very slim. There was never a dealer installed SS package authorized by Chevrolet however to enable them to sell cars the dealers did add the SS components to regular Impalas. Most of these cars only had the visable items installed like the hub caps, grab bar etc. MosT of these cars didn't have the hard core stuff like the correct engines or the metalic brake linings that were on the factory built cars.

As for the 409 motor, that became available to the public also in Feb of 1961 although some well know racers were supplied with this motor in Dec of 1960. I think that because the SS option and the 409 option were announced very close together a lot of people think that the 142 motors were all in the new Super Sport cars but this isn't the case either, the new 409 was available in any of the big car models (Bel Air, Biscayne or Impala.

Take care

 

 

 

 

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I would enjoy carrying this discussion to another location also.  Yes, Tommy's dates and numbers are correct.  I have had the privilege of seeing the original 348 design blueprint drawings and 1961 Tonawanda casting summaries. Needless to say the blueprint drawing dates are interesting.  I have a 61 SS but it is certain to have been built very nicely by a dealer in the midwest area.  Also it isn't close to the quality of either of Tommy's two!!!

Robert

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8 hours ago, real61ss said:

Dave,

I hadn't had time to respond to your post concerning the factory built verses the dealer installation of the SS option in 1961. Perhaps we should start a new thread about this, there may be others who are interested and may never see our conversation because it is buried in this thread. The SS option was RPO 240, it was a factory option starting in Feb. of 1961. According to GM records there were 453 of these cars built at the factories. In 1961 there were about 6000 Chevrolet dealers so you can see that the chances of a dealer getting one of these cars was very slim. There was never a dealer installed SS package authorized by Chevrolet however to enable them to sell cars the dealers did add the SS components to regular Impalas. Most of these cars only had the visable items installed like the hub caps, grab bar etc. MosT of these cars didn't have the hard core stuff like the correct engines or the metalic brake linings that were on the factory built cars.

As for the 409 motor, that became available to the public also in Feb of 1961 although some well know racers were supplied with this motor in Dec of 1960. I think that because the SS option and the 409 option were announced very close together a lot of people think that the 142 motors were all in the new Super Sport cars but this isn't the case either, the new 409 was available in any of the big car models (Bel Air, Biscayne or Impala.

Take care

 

 

 

 

 
 
 

Where would you like to start a new thread?. Very interesting stuff. We had Zorro with a Z11 in a split window in our driveway. I have a lot of history with the W. I had one of the very last 409s made in Feb of 65.

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43 minutes ago, countrytravler said:

Where would you like to start a new thread?. Very interesting stuff. We had Zorro with a Z11 in a split window in our driveway. I have a lot of history with the W. I had one of the very last 409s made in Feb of 65.

Dave,

I hadn't had time to respond to your post concerning the factory built verses the dealer installation of the SS option in 1961. Perhaps we should start a new thread about this, there may be others who are interested and may never see our conversation because it is buried in this thread. The SS option was RPO 240, it was a factory option starting in Feb. of 1961. According to GM records there were 453 of these cars built at the factories. In 1961 there were about 6000 Chevrolet dealers so you can see that the chances of a dealer getting one of these cars was very slim. There was never a dealer installed SS package authorized by Chevrolet however to enable them to sell cars the dealers did add the SS components to regular Impalas. Most of these cars only had the visable items installed like the hub caps, grab bar etc. MosT of these cars didn't have the hard core stuff like the correct engines or the metalic brake linings that were on the factory built cars.

As for the 409 motor, that became available to the public also in Feb of 1961 although some well know racers were supplied with this motor in Dec of 1960. I think that because the SS option and the 409 option were announced very close together a lot of people think that the 142 motors were all in the new Super Sport cars but this isn't the case either, the new 409 was available in any of the big car models (Bel Air, Biscayne or Impala.

Take care

 

Dave,

Start a thread under General Discussion

 

 

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Sorry have not responded. Back on the road hauling cars. But will continue in the future.

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1 hour ago, Moonbeamspecial said:

If its sold why is the ad still on?  Your just taking up valuable real estate here.

 

One, I didn't bring this thread back to life. There's a secondary conversation going on between separate guys who love these cars and want to discuss them. I think that's perfectly OK.


Two, previous ads can be interesting for future browsers looking for information or traces of similar cars or even a future owner looking for details on this specific car. I don't delete my ads for this reason. There is useful information here.

 

Three, space on the internet is [relatively speaking] infinite. This thread isn't preventing anyone else from posting one, it's not taking up space that could be used for something else. There's no harm in keeping it around.

 

Don't like, don't click, don't read. Easy!

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