A vast majority of the metal that comes through our RK Motors Charlotte showroom is either flawless, concours-level show fare or incredibly original, low-mileage garage fodder. But, as awesome as those rare and exclusive cars are, the foundation of this hobby has always been old school stalwarts that we can drive, build on, show off and enjoy. Think about it, when you were a kid, did you dream of towing a pristine factory-original car to a field where it would sit and look pretty? No way! You wanted a classy head turner that was striking, cool and expressed your individual tastes. Professionally restored and powered by an era-correct Chevrolet V8, this impressive Impala SS is the kind of fully sorted cruiser that you can fire up, press the go pedal and road trip across the country in!
Logging only weekend miles since its complete, frame-off restoration, this top-of-the-line, Los Angeles produced Chevy displays immaculate bodywork that simply glistens under our bright showroom lighting. A lot of time and effort was put into making sure the car’s profile was extremely straight, which resulted in chiseled sheetmetal that’s completely wave-free. That time was well spent, as better-than-factory fit perfectly centers hinged pieces which move freely and close with a solid thunk. And those thunks are bathed in a rich layer of correct Satin Silver basecoat that’s been sealed in a durable clearcoat and buffed to a spectacular shine.
Chevrolet’s third generation Impala is a stylish piece that, with its absence of excessive chrome, suggests GM had officially left the tailfin-induced bender America enjoyed throughout the 50s. At the front of this sleek showboat, a broad stainless grille hangs four halogen headlights and small amber parking lamps between an ornate Chevrolet crest, a blocky “CHEVROLET” script and a wraparound chrome bumper. At the sides of that grille, traditional cross-flag emblems combine with an angled antenna and “SS” quarter scripts to break up a sea of metallic paint, while traditional door handles perfectly complement a classy bowtie mirror and engine-turned, SS-specific rocker trim. At the top of the car, subtle hood spears lead the eye to like-new glass that’s cleared by bright stainless wipers, sealed in well-maintained frames a capped by lust worthy ‘convertible roof’ styling. And at the back of the car, a stainless-trimmed and engine-turned valence hangs six familiar tail lights between a second Chevrolet crest, a small “CHEVROLET” script and a second wraparound bumper.
Powering this real deal Super Sport is a correct, 327 cubic inch Chevrolet V8 that hangs a traditional 3782870 casting number opposite a January (A) 16th (16), 1963 (63) casting date. At the top of the famous mill, a heavy duty, single-snorkel air cleaner funnels oxygen into a large Rochester carburetor that’s centered between spotless stainless fuel lines and a bright white throttle spring. Fuel and air flow from that old school carburetor into a cast iron intake that’s framed by factory Chevy heads and correctly decaled valve covers. Those heads force spent gases into correct, cast iron exhaust manifolds which, thanks to 2.5-inch, true-dual pipes, create a deep and sinister roar. That roar is the product of sparks sequenced from a familiar points distributor to fresh Packard Radio TVRS wires. Those sparks are generated by pliable V-belts, which spin a modern alternator and factory power steering behind a shrouded fan, “GM” branded hoses and a factory-correct radiator. And this B-Body’s entire engine compartment, from its Chevy Orange paint and convincing Delco battery topper to its Satin Black fenders and glass GM washer fluid bottle, is decaled, detailed and ready to show and go.
One look under this sturdy cruiser reveals a solid X-frame chassis that’s just as ready for the road as that stout 327. Power flows to the pavement through an era-correct Muncie, which hangs a familiar 3831704 casting number in front of an open rear end and 3.50 gears. Holding that virtually unbreakable drivetrain off the ground is a restored double A-arm front and 3-link rear suspension. That suspension’s handling is greatly enhanced by factory power steering and power drum brakes. Exhaust flows from the aforementioned pipes to big, factory replacement mufflers and well-hidden turn downs. The body’s rust-free floors are layered in bright red oxide, which was bestowed during their detailed restoration. The car’s rugged chassis and fully sorted driveline still display a full roster of accurately duplicated inspection marks. And all this old school Americana rolls on 14-inch steelies which spin 8.00-14 BF Goodrich Silvertown whitewalls around red-trimmed, Super Sport-specific wheel covers.
Decked in a contrasting red sheen, this Impala’s great looking interior has been restored to factory-fresh condition in virtually every way. The SS-specific front bucket and rear bench seats feel newer than the car’s 50 years suggest, presenting just as well now as the day they rolled out of the upholstery shop. In front of those seats, a restored red dash is chock full of rebuilt gauges, hangs a correct Delco radio over a modern Auto Meter accessory pod, and features a sharp and correctly centered tachometer. At the base of that dash, a stylish, SS-specific console props a chrome Hurst shifter in from of a small, lockable storage compartment. At the base of that console, like-new carpet, which displays hardly any wear at all, anchors big rubber floor mats next to straight Fisher sill plates. At the sides of that carpet, quilted door panels hang small power window switches between chrome vent cranks, stylized door handles and pliable red armrests. Above those panels, a tight white headliner stretches from the car’s chrome A-pillars to its bright C-pillars. In front of the driver, a chrome-trimmed steering wheel spins a small horn ring around a classy Impala insignia. And behind the passengers, a fully restored trunk carries correct mats, a correct jack and a full-size spare tire.
The sale of this chic Chevy includes a vintage owner’s manual.
Fully sorted and ready to roll, this awesome Super Sport is a wonderful classic to drive, enjoy and haul two or three of your coolest friends in. It’s really no surprise that these cars are amazingly popular with almost everyone who sees them, because they have such a great combination of style, presence and performance. So, what are you waiting for? Pick up the phone, score the keys to this ’63 hardtop, and get ready for years of care-free cruising!