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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 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, see Pick of the Day.

Tyson Hugie
Tyson Hugie
Tyson Hugie is a Phoenix-based automotive enthusiast who has been writing for The Journal since 2016. His favorite automotive niche is 1980s and 1990s Japanese cars, and he is a self-diagnosed “Acura addict” since he owns a collection of Honda and Acura cars from that era. Tyson can usually be found on weekends tinkering on restoration projects, attending car shows, or enjoying the open road. He publishes videos each week to his YouTube channel and is also a contributing author to Arizona Driver Magazine,, NSX Driver Magazine, and other automotive publications. His pride and joy is a 1994 Acura Legend LS coupe with nearly 600,000 miles on the odometer, but he loves anything on four wheels and would someday like to own a 1950 Buick Special like his late grandfather’s.


  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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