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Old 10-28-2017, 11:43 AM   #14326  
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"Chevrolet brought muscle car power to the people in the early 1960s, especially with the 1961 Chevrolet Impala SS 409. The mid-1961 introduction of the Chevrolet Impala Super Sport option package showcased another new arrival, the 409-cid V-8.

A bargain at just $53.80, the SS "kit" was offered on any Impala. It included Super Sport trim inside and out, chassis reinforcements, stronger springs and shocks, power brakes with sintered metallic linings, spinner-type wheel covers, and one of Chevy's earliest uses of narrow-band whitewall tires. The dashboard gained a Corvette-type passenger grab bar and the steering column got a 7000-rpm tachometer.

Only Chevy's toughest V-8s were offered with the SS kit. The available 348-cid mills ranged from a four-barrel with 305 bhp to a tri-carb with 350. The other choice was the 409. Essentially a larger-displacement 348, its upgrades included forged aluminum pistons, a wilder camshaft, and 11.25:1 compression. A single four-barrel mated to the aluminum manifold. It made 360 bhp. It also made history.

Chevy built 491,000 Impalas for '61. Only 453 had the SS package and of those, just 142 got the 409. But word spread quickly. Here was a mainstream Chevy V-8 with 409 lb-ft of torque and the ability to turn mid-15-second quarter miles with the standard 3.36:1 rear axle and mandatory four-speed manual."
What a good looking car. 👍🏻

Imho it is strange how few SS cars were ordered.
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Old 10-29-2017, 04:38 PM   #14328  
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What a good looking car. 👍🏻

Imho it is strange how few SS cars were ordered.
The very low sales of 1961 Impala Super Sports can be attribuited to two factors (IMO):

1. It was introduced in the spring of 1961

2. One of the mandatory options for the SS was an engine of at least 305 HP

So you have a late intro coupled with a required large engine which in 1961 wasn't the norm. Performance cars didn't really take hold until the following model year - a reaction to the new NHRA Super Stock class.

The engine lineup for the 1961 SS was the 348 CI in 305, 340 and 350 HP and the brand new 360 HP 409.
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Did you know . . .

The Mark Donohue edition of the Javelin came about due to politics. Mark needed a specific rear spoiler made, but AMC would only do it if Mark signed off on selling Javelins with his name on them, as AMC had to build 2500 of them to "homologate" them. They had better than normal engines, with 4 bolt mains and open pot heads.

The kick needed to get publicity for them came from Penske who bought the 1st 18, and Sun Oil Co hired young women to drive them around the USA to Sunoco gas stations on a "beautification" campaign, checking on the cleanliness, professionalism of the employees, etc.


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The very low sales of 1961 Impala Super Sports can be attribuited to two factors (IMO):

1. It was introduced in the spring of 1961

2. One of the mandatory options for the SS was an engine of at least 305 HP

So you have a late intro coupled with a required large engine which in 1961 wasn't the norm. Performance cars didn't really take hold until the following model year - a reaction to the new NHRA Super Stock class.

The engine lineup for the 1961 SS was the 348 CI in 305, 340 and 350 HP and the brand new 360 HP 409.
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Do you know if you could get the 409/360hp motor in a non-SS Impala?
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Do you know if you could get the 409/360hp motor in a non-SS Impala?
No - it was only available in the Impala SS. The SS option was used to showcase the new 409 BTW. It was not cheap: $484. The 348/350 HP Tri-Power was only $210.

1962 was the year you could order the 409/409 HP in any 2 dr model (hardtop or convertible)
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Old 10-30-2017, 03:16 AM   #14334  
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I believe this Fender Tag is a factory error. Notice it has V1X (Black Vinyl Roof) listed twice. The listing on the first line is not the correct position. So instead of making a new one the person in charge simply added a second Tag with the V8X (Black Bumblebee Stripe) which should have been on the first line instead of the V1X.

Whoever restored this car added the Chrome Exhaust Tips (N42) which are not on the Tag. Should have Turn-Downs.
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Notice that there is no A22 which means the colored bumpers were added during the restoration. It is an N96 Shaker Hood 440+6 'Cuda but as you can see in the next photo they used the wrong base plate so the "bubble" is sitting too low. What is missing from this car are the Backlight Louvers (A67) which I find interesting that they aren't on it. Definitely adds value to the car. This is also a Super Track Pak (A34) car. Dealer is asking $100,000 which doesn't seem too high.





Even has the correct E60x15 tires
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Front Spoiler is not stock - from the Boss 302.
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Only 278 1969 Mustang GT Fastbacks were ordered with the Ram Air 428 CJ engine. 158 were outfitted with 4-speeds. 1969 is the last year for the GT. It was replaced by the Mach 1. Love the Silver Jade color
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