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1961 Chevrolet Impala SS hardtop


The Chevrolet Impala SS hardtop in Seamist Turquoise is said to be faithfully restored
The Chevrolet Impala SS hardtop in Seamist Turquoise is said to be faithfully restored

A special car for sale deserves a special description, right? The Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, dealer advertising this 1961 Chevrolet Impala “bubbletop” hardtop was downright poetic in how he describes the car and its place in history.

“At the beginning of the 1960s, most Americans thought it was the beginning of something great, the start of the Golden Age is what it was referred to as,” the seller wrote for the ClassicCars.com ad. “What better way to kick off the Golden Age than by introducing the very special 1961 Impala bubbletop SS 2-DR?

The 4-speed manual transmission is a major selling point
The 4-speed manual transmission is a major selling point

“First offered in the spring of 1961, this vehicle was very limited to the consumers. A grand total of 453 of these beautiful cars were manufactured that year. Thus, making it a very special and rare vehicle.”

What really gets me about this car is that along with being a beautiful bubbletop, it’s an SS powered by a 348 cid big-block, tri-power V8 and a four-speed manual transmission. Yet it hasn’t been geeked up with a bunch of custom accessories but stands as a restored stock-condition hardtop in great condition. And with only 40,436 miles on its odometer, according to the listing.

So the dealer is right; this Impala is a real find. It’s also an award winner, garnering two Gold Bowtie Boulevard Awards in 2008, ranked at 991 and 992 points out of 1,000. The car remains in exceptional condition, the dealer says.

“Let us stop and appreciate the very unique and different Seamist Turquoise exterior, accompanied by the even more unique Turquoise interior,” the dealer adds.

The Impala's interior looks very nice
The Impala’s interior looks very nice

The asking price might seem high at $69,995, but this 1961 Impala hits all the right notes in beauty, originality, rarity and fun factor.

The dealer concludes by describing the potential for joyful ownership:

“Driving in such style, that other people envy you solely for the style you have. Just driving, to appeal to yourself, and letting go of the stress you may have, and just simply utilizing the performance, beauty and class of this 1961 Impala SS.”

To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day

Bob Golfen
Bob Golfen
Bob Golfen is a longtime automotive writer and editor, focusing on new vehicles, collector cars, car culture and the automotive lifestyle. He is the former automotive writer and editor for The Arizona Republic and SPEED.com, the website for the SPEED motorsports channel. He has written free-lance articles for a number of publications, including Autoweek, The New York Times and Barrett-Jackson auction catalogs. A collector car enthusiast with a wide range of knowledge about the old cars that we all love and desire, Bob enjoys tinkering with archaic machinery. His current obsession is a 1962 Porsche 356 Super coupe.


  1. I wrote you a comment about one week ago and still have not heard back from you. I stated that the pictured Impala was not a SS (Super Sport). It did not have the correct SS full wheel covers with spinners, the grab bar on the right side of the dash, and the correct type of rubber boot around the 4-speed gearshift. A 4-speed SS had a small console plate and different type of boot around the gearshift. What do you say, am I correct and are you wrong? Please let me hear from you. Thank you, Phil

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