1962 Chevrolet Impala SS
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This 1962 Impala SS has a lot to offer. To begin, this is a real black-over-red Impala SS; no color changes or fake badging here. It underwent a refurbishment in 2010 that included new paint and many new parts. It still wears a number of period modifications from the 1960’s and is powered by a fresh dual-quad 327. And while some of these classics change owners frequently, this Impala has been with the same individual for 55 years!
This one has a colorful history. Its last owner purchased the car in 1968 when he was 16 years old. The car was well-known on the street and had been fitted a variety of performance parts. This included a Corvette 327 fitted with a cross-ram intake (necessitating the teardrop style hood). While the car won plenty of races, it was also the owner’s primary transportation, getting him through high school and then tech school. They continued through life together.
After decades of service, the car received a major refurbishment in 2010. This included replacing the floor pans, trunk pans, and some cross bracing. It was repainted in its original code 900 Tuxedo Black with four coats of clear. It was recently buffed as well for a nice shine. Most of the brightwork remains original including the front grille. The car was also fitted with 15” Weld aluminum wheels and Goodyear Eagle tires.
The 327ci engine received a professional rebuild by Dick Skarlupka in 2019 with approximately 4,000 miles since. The 3782870 block was bored 0.060” while the crankshaft was turned 0.010”/0.010”. It was fitted with 10.5:1 pistons to give healthy compression but still work with pump gas. The rotating assembly was balanced to 9,000 rpm for smooth operation. The valvetrain was fitted with hydraulic lifters and roller rockers, and the double-hump cylinder heads received hardened valve seats. Up top is the vintage Edelbrock X-C8 intake topped by dual Holley carburetors. Such a great period setup! There is also a 4-core radiator and headers feeing a dual exhaust with cutout plates.
The automatic transmission was upgraded from a 2-speed Powerglide to a 3-speed TH350 with a shift kit and lockup torque converter. The driveshaft was rebuilt accordingly and a new center support bearing installed. The Positraction rear end received new bearings and seals. Additional mechanical work included going through the front and rear suspension along with the steering components, and the braking system was upgraded to front discs with a dual reservoir master cylinder.
The factory code 875 red vinyl SS interior received some updates too. The bucket seats were redone with new foam and upholstery, while front and rear seat belts were installed. The carpet was replaced and comes with a set of rubber floor mats. A trio of underdash gauges was installed along with a column mounted tachometer. All the lighting works properly including the low / high beams, running lights, brake lights, turn signals, backup lights, dash lights, and courtesy lights. The horn, wipers, heater, and parking brake all function properly as does the aftermarket digital radio. A spare tire and bumper jack reside in the cavernous trunk.
This Impala just oozes character! It is a beautiful, solid car with a great blend of vintage and current upgrades. And with all the recent work it is in excellent mechanical condition as well. While you may be able to find another nice black/red ’62 SS, this example is a real standout and has an incredible run of ownership. You won’t find many like this one.
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