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- Palomar Red
- Satin Silver
- Seller: StreetsideDallas
- Phone: 855-877-2707
The ultimate heavy Chevy of the 1960s has to be the 1964 Impala SS, and of those, there's nothing more appealing than a sinister 409 hardtop like this. It's a real SS powered by a period-correct 409 V8, features a quick-shifting 4-speed manual, an elegant Satin Silver interior, and that gorgeous Palomar Red tuxedo wrapped around laser-straight Imp livery. And because the full restoration was finished just this year, it looks like a shiny new toy that was just unwrapped. This stunning hardtop delivers maximum doses of Chevy performance and luxury, and is quite frankly one of the cleanest and meanest Imp's we've ever had the good fortune to feature.
Bright Red is typically what most folks envision when they think about a hot '64 Imp, and the next best thing is the elegant Code 948 Palomar Red that cloaks this legendary B-Body from General Motors. During the comprehensive restoration that was just completed in 2022, the sweeping bodywork was straightened, smoothed, and sanded to perfection before several coats of that classic maroon shade were reapplied. And thankfully, the gorgeous car doesn't appear to have ever had any rust, never had any collision damage, and when it was restored it was almost entirely put back together using original and OEM-style parts. It's the right choice for a '64 Impala, which is an icon that offers a unique combination of performance and comfort – a kind of grown-up's muscle car. Ultra-straight sheetmetal is especially critical on the Imp, what with those impossibly long quarters and straight lines that demand care when putting everything back together again. And as such a clean car before the restoration, you know that the beauty is more than just skin deep. The top driver-quality paint has a brilliant shine, is miles deep, and incredibly smooth to the touch, with nary an imperfection to speak of short of maybe some very light scratches left over from a car wash – but we're really nitpicking here, and a solid buff-and-wax would likely remedy any of those anyway. It's also good to see that this one is a real SS and comes by its ornate trim honestly instead of being some kind of clone, the chrome grille and bright bumpers are in excellent condition, and the dual antennas out back are an old-school staple of the Imp. Triple taillights still signified something special, while that Impala logo on the flanks has always inspired and intimidated other motorists, and this car captures all of that brilliantly. The chrome and brightwork has also been faithfully restored with NOS pieces, all the trim is straight and shiny, and, well, there just can't be too many Impalas nicer than this one running around.
If you're impressed by the body, then the interior will likewise stand up to close scrutiny. Satin Silver bucket seats wear fresh and correct seat covers, there are plush reproduction black carpets on the floors, two-tone SS door panels at the flanks, and a beautiful, original-style thin-rimmed steering wheel lives atop a tilt column at the helm of the cockpit. The factory gauges are still in place and are in great shape, including the unusually rare factory tachometer mounted just beyond the steering column in its own pod, and the tall chrome shifter for the 4-speed manual transmission falls easily to hand inside the ornate and beautifully adorned factory center console. Machine-turned aluminum pieces spice up that factory center console and the dashboard alike, matching the brightness of the chrome accents found on the door panels and around the bucket seat frames. The original AM radio is still in place, although as you might expect it's only a show piece, but the legendary soundtrack of the 409 V8 should be enough entertainment for anyone on board – so long as they have red blood running through their veins. The cabin seals up nicely, with thick carpets on the floors below and a taut headliner lining the roof above, and the backseat is so clean I doubt it's had a passenger since the restoration was completed. In back, the cavernous trunk is finished with a correct mat set that shows off the solid sheetmetal underneath, along with a factory spare tire and jack neatly stashed away on the back shelf.
So, the car's obviously gorgeous, but the true appeal of this Imp is under the hood, where you'll find a date-code correct 409 cubic inch V8 with an original factory rating of 340 horsepower. The most respected engine in the Chevy performance world in 1964, this engine transforms the Impala from merely a nice car to a muscle machine that will eat Mustangs for lunch. Beautifully finished with Chevy Orange paint on the block, those unique W-shaped chrome valve covers, and a chrome dual-inlet air cleaner, it looks very hi-po in every sense of the word. It's running superbly thanks to the dialed in dual Carter 4 barrel carburetors and everything is fresh and clean everywhere you look, and frankly it drives better today than it did when it was new. A reproduction dual exhaust system gives it a wicked voice and the undercarriage is extremely clean but not over-done, so you can actually drive it without worries, yet still show it off with great pride. Power steering means maneuvering this big coupe is a cinch, while the sought-after 4-speed manual transmission cycles through gears quickly and spins a heavy-duty posi-traction rear-end filled with 3.73 gears. Stock steelies come adorned with correct SS hubcaps and are all wrapped in 195/75/14 front white-wall radials that add an exclamation point to this Imp, finishing it off perfectly.
We sell a lot of early Impalas, but this might be the nicest of them all, and you can't argue with 409 cubes of thunder under your right foot. Call today!