1964 CHEVROLET IMPALA SS 2DR HARDTOP
Designer: William “Bill” Mitchell
Estimate: $38,000 - $47,000
Chassis Number: 41447Y146166
Decoded: 4=1964; 14=Impala series; 47=Formal Roof 2dr hardtop; Y=Wilmington, DE assembly
plant; 146166=46,166th 1964 Chevrolet scheduled for production at Wilmington
Engine: 327 cid OHV “small-block” V8
4-barrel Carburetor / 250 bhp
2-Speed Powerglide Automatic Transmission
Four Wheel Hydraulic Drum Brakes
● Most Popular FullSize Chevrolet Line
● Smart Styling When New, Sought After Today
● Drivable and Show Quality in One Package
The Model: For the 1964 model year, Chevrolet had a lot of winning to do. Not only on the race tracks nor the drag strips, but on the showroom floor, and with the attractive Super Sports edition, the model year “Sales Crown” belonged to the bowtie group. While the Super Sport package had been introduced as a trim option starting in 1961, by 1963, the SS models were considered individual models, and for 1964, the SS edition contributed over 185,000 sales. Contemporary but fresh styling helped, as well as a full range of engine and transmission selections, plus attractive colors, modern interiors and a long list of options that could make each car unique. While a lot has been written about the big-block 409’s, the small block V8’s had plenty of “go” in them also, and the majority of Super Sports sold had these reliable and well design engines under their hoods.
The Car: One of the fastest growing segments in the collector car hobby is the attention given to original, unmolested vehicles, and this 1964 Impala Super Sport 2dr hardtop fills that bill. Purchased new in Florida, it was always stored indoors. Well appointed, it has an original AM radio, heater/defroster, clock and power steering, as well as the SS appointments including bucket seats, center console with floor shifter, exterior trim and badges plus those distinctive “spinner” wheel covers. This car was driven rather sparingly in the first decade of its life and then parked in the mid-1970’s. Unfortunately, the original paint needed to be resprayed and the fuel system required that a new fuel tank and pump be installed to get the car back on the road. Outside of a professional detailing, nothing else has been touched, which means others will look to you because you’ll have the “pattern car” for their restorations.