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Chevy's best-selling Impala got an all-new look in 1965, a bigger, bolder, sleeker car that was still unquestionably top-of-the-line. This subtle and restrained 1965 Chevrolet Impala SS offers a unique look, V8 power, and all the favorite features that make the Impala a perennial favorite, even today.
You probably already know that some of our favorite cars are those that stand out for being different, and while this SS is hardly radical, we like it every bit as much as its bright red and black siblings. It's code S Sierra Tan, which is gold to most of us, and that's this car's original color. It's been refinished and thanks to modern urethane paints, it has a depth and shine that just wasn't possible in 1965. As a result, the glistening gold color looks vivid and deep rather than ordinary, helping this car stand out without being too loud about it. The sleek semi-fastback Impala shape looks good no matter what color you paint it, but it's critical to get all the bodywork straight, because there's a lot of sheetmetal to work with. Fortunately, those giant quarters are in fantastic shape, the gaps are quite good, and the whole car fits together well, indicating that someone invested plenty of time and money to make it look this good. Bright chrome sets off the gold paint rather well, and subtle 'Impala SS' emblems and 'Super Sport' script mean that this car has upgrades that make it a great cruiser.
In 1965, the Super Sport package still received standard bucket seats and a console, which give this conservative coupe a very sporting demeanor inside. Even better, it appears that the entire interior is original, strongly demonstrating just how well-maintained this car really is. The ornate upholstery is in great shape showing deeper details than reproduction seat covers and a minimum of wear. Sure, the driver's lower seat cushion has some very minor discoloration, but who's going to complain when everything looks this good? The two-tone steering wheel is a pretty accent and frames the wide speedometer and symmetrical instrument panel. The SS's center console features a familiar shifter for the PowerGlide 2-speed automatic transmission and a fully functional vacuum gauge that's a lot of fun to watch when you're cruising. The original AM radio is still up top and yes, it works! The back seat looks almost new and if you want a massive trunk, few cars deliver more cubic feet than this big Imp and it's neatly upholstered to match the interior.
The smooth-running 327 cubic inch V8 under the hood is plenty potent to make this Impala worthy of the SS moniker and a lot of fun to drive. For the most part, it's stock, but someone has added an Edelbrock intake manifold and 4-barrel carburetor to add a bit of performance, an HEI ignition system, as well as those distinctive M/T finned valve covers. Ram's horn exhaust manifolds feed a burbling dual exhaust system that's exactly right for this semi-luxury coupe. The underside is original and in very good condition, with lightly undercoated floors that have nothing to hide. Air shocks out back help with keeping things level and it's got highway-friendly gears in the rear end, making this an excellent long-distance cruiser. Proper 205/75/14 whitewall radials with SS hubcaps complete the look.
We love these big luxury/muscle coupes, and with a great color combination, lots of documentation, and V8 power, we're sure you'll love this one, too. Call today!
- AM Radio
- Vinyl Interior
- Power Brakes
- Power Steering
- Build Receipts
- Original Window Sticker
- Owner's Manual
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