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Pick of the Day: 1964 Chevrolet Impala SS with small-block power, 4-speed

The Super Sport package upgrades this hardtop with styling, performance enhancements


Just about every automaker at some point has offered a sports model or trim level to spice up the lineup.  In recent memory, the names AMG, M-Sport, Type S, and TRD come to mind as offerings in the marketplace that carry a “special edition” sporty look and feel.

But back in the 1960s, the Chevrolet Super Sport badge reigned supreme.  The Pick of the Day is a 1964 Chevrolet Impala SS two-door hardtop wearing that all-important “SS” badge on its rear quarter panel, offered on ClassicCars.com by a private seller in Clarence, Iowa.  To top it off, the car is reported to have only 65,139 miles on the odometer.


The first Chevrolet to wear a Super Sport badge was a custom-built Corvette racecar in 1957 that never made its way to a public highway. The SS nameplate eventually name made its way to a production car on the Impala in 1961 as a “kit.”  More specifically, the SS sports and appearance package at the time included upgrades to the chassis, suspension, brakes, wheel covers, and dashboard.  Since that time, SS badges have been worn by many Chevrolet cars, pickup trucks, even SUVs.

“This Impala SS is sure to be the talk of the neighborhood when it gets delivered to your door,” the listing says.  The cosmetics look well-sorted, and the seller states that this is a Southern car that is free of rust issues.  Amenities are plentiful, too, since it comes optioned with a center console, power steering, power brakes, and a clock. 


“Car has the perfect stance that a 1964 Impala should have, and a gorgeous set of American Racing Torque Thrust wheels that give it that wow factor.”

The Impala name evolved through 10 generations, launching in 1958 as the top-line trim level for the Bel Air, offered only in two-door form as a hardtop or a convertible.  From there, the styling grew wider, lower, and more differentiated thanks to the launch of four-door models in hardtop and sedan form. 

By the time the third generation B-body Impala started rolling off the line in 1961, the available combinations of drivetrains and body styles were vast, with six different engines ranging from a 230cid Turbo Thrift inline-six to a 427cid V8.  This example moves under the power of a mid-range motor offering: a 327cid Turbo Fire V8, coupled with a 4-speed manual transmission.  

“The power comes from a great running and sounding 327 cubic inch small-block V8,” the seller states.  “This car will represent you and your family very well at the cruise-ins and car shows this summer.” 

The seller is asking $32,995 for this super clean Super Sport.

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

Tyson Hugie
Tyson Hugie
Tyson Hugie grew up in a family of gearheads and enjoys anything to do with automotive and motorsports. He is a contributing editor to Redline Reviews, a YouTube channel with coverage from major auto shows. He also writes for Arizona Driver Magazine and holds leadership positions with a number of car clubs. Tyson has lived in Arizona for 10 years and his current obsession is Japanese cars from the early 1990s which, though hard to believe, are now becoming classics. Tyson can usually be found exploring offbeat and obscure road trip destinations on his blog "Drive to Five," which started as a way to share travel stories and experiences with his now-550,000-mile Acura.


  1. I love this car. From the pix it looks to be mostly stock, but like any car this age, you’re always left to wonder if it’s a “clone” or not. Going just by the fact that it’s a 2 d hard too, it seems to be original. Also, no visible rust. Now if I only had 33k to burn. I’m sure someone does and I’m sure it will sell fast.

  2. The interior is original- why would the seller do anything to it? All you would have to do to return this to its original appearance is replace the wheels with factory wheels.

  3. I have to agree with Paul. The dent on the left front bumper doesn’t look like an illusion caused by sunlight shining on that piece of chrome. And the bumper wraps around going up at an angle indicating there was a front end collision in the life of this car. Closer scrutiny to any damage underneath is well worth an inspection before someone pays top dollar only to spend more on repairs.

  4. If you look at the right bumpeer it looks the same as the left one. This car is a classic and it is worth if you drive it and doent get hot on you it is a good car or engine.


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