HomePick of the DayNice original 1963 Chevy Impala SS in clean, straight condition

Nice original 1963 Chevy Impala SS in clean, straight condition


The Pick of the Day is what appears to be an exceptionally nice 1963 Chevrolet Impala SS hardtop sports coupe in original condition and coming from single long-term ownership.  

The Ham Lake, Minnesota, dealer advertising the Chevy on ClassicCars.com decided to let the car speak for itself.

“Every car tells a story, this is mine,” the Impala is quoted in the ad. “In 1963, I came off the assembly line housed with a small-block 283 V8 that still powers me to this day. It is the original motor and original transmission.

The Impala was handsomely styled in 1963

“I have had two previous owners, the first from new until 1964, when I was purchased by my second owner, who has owned me to this present day. Everything on me is original, including the glass, chrome, rims and caps.

“The restoration was completed in the early ’90s, which took 6 years. There has been about 1,500 miles put on me since then.”

The dark-red coupe, which has a black bucket-seat interior, appears clean and straight in the large gallery of photos with the ad.  It also looks bone stock, with the correct SS wheel covers and trim. 

Buckets seats and floor shifter were included in the SS trim

The dealer says the car runs as good as it looks.

“The 2-speed Powerglide transmission shifts excellent and there are no mechanical issues with the car,” the seller says. “This car is beautiful inside and out. The dash is crystal clear, vivid and sharp.”

It’s nice to see one of these handsome full-size Chevys in factory form, without upgrades or custom wheels.  As it is, the Impala has time-warp creds.

The original 283 sits in a clean engine bay

There’s no mention in the ad of overall mileage, other than the handful of miles put on after restoration. That would mean the car has been static all these years and likely would need some refurbishing to get it back on the road. 

But it would be well worth it for such a nice piece of Chevy goodness, and the asking price of $29,500 should leave plenty of upside for any work that needs to be done.

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. Beautiful car can you send me all the photos to my email so I can look Adam on my big screen thank you very much

  2. Ahhhhhh……the 2 speed "slip & slide Powerglide"…which strangles what performance is capable by this car. I would keep the 2 speed but replace it with a more modern day 3 or 4 speed automatic.

    • Switch the Powerglide???? I learned to drive on my Dad’s 1960 Impala, and when it downshifted in to passing gear,it pushed 5 in our family, back into the seats…a car is only "Original" once, until someone goofs it up with non original do-dads…A pox on you sir, some of us are purists, I’d trade my 1957 Chevy Belair for this baby……..I pray a car club guy gets it……to many nitwits out there, why not touch-up the Mona Lisa too…..not

      • A 57 Bel Air? My Mom had a white and yellow one, and my Dad drove various versions of the Impala all his adult life. Both cars really tug at my heart strings.

  3. My first car was the 1964 version of this car, including the 195 hp 283. Camshaft went out at 50k. Drove car until 114 k when a move stopped restore plans. Had a new rear clip for it (badly rusted) and sold it to neighbor for 100. They did get it back on the road. Car was stolen twice, and attempted 2 more times while in grad school in Massachusetts. Put low voltage toggle switch where the console light went, and never taken again.

  4. I bought my 1963 SS Impala in Dec.1966 it was maroon with a black interior and a 327 300 hp 4 speed posi. 411 rearend.

  5. Not to be long winded but My Honey moon car was the 1063 SS 409 4 Spd went to California and stayed 3 years and in 1967 traded it for a New 1968 Torino GT. Wife cried all night so I went back to buy it back in the morning and over night it was stripped. Haven’t found the same car since but looking.

  6. The 63 still available I’m interested in it I would like to see if you can send me some pictures of my email


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