REAL DEAL 65 IMPALA SS, DATE CODE CORRECT 396 BIG BLOCK, RESTO PICS AND MORE
The Impala was always Chevy's performance flagship, available with any number of burly big block engines, but in 1965, the 396 arrived with 325 horsepower, making the Impala SS a genuine threat on the street. Backed with a 4-speed manual and a gorgeous color combination, this real-deal SS represents a screaming bargain for fans of full-sized muscle.
Finished in correct Madeira Maroon, this big two-door hardtop looks fairly unassuming at first glance, and that's exactly the way they liked it back in 1965. Don't get me wrong, it's beautifully finished with nicely applied paint that accentuates the big Imp's no-nonsense look. Those massive quarters are straight, the big doors fit well, and the deck lid fits right, which is especially critical when all those taillights need to line up just so. This is a real SS, so the 'Super Sport' script on the front fenders is entirely appropriate, along with the almost invisible badge out back, but again, this car was a wolf in sheep's clothing, so keeping it low-profile was the name of the game. It also looks like someone invested heavily in the trim, with bright chrome and stainless that shows off Chevy's top-of-the-line and leaves no mistake about what kind of car this is.
Bucket seats and a factory console were rather rare in the standard luxury-oriented Impala but they are correct for the SS. Beautifully restored with new seat covers, carpets, door panels, and other soft parts, it definitely conveys a sense of luxury and performance all at a glance. A correct SS gauge cluster, including tachometer way over there to the right of the radio, is complemented by the cool console-mounted clock just behind the chrome 4-speed shifter. That's the original AM radio in the dash, too, and it's really kind of cool to see three pedals on the floor of a big luxury car like this. It's actually kind of light on options, which suggests that it was bought for reasons other than commuting in comfort (which it'll still do, by the way). The back seat will carry three of your best friends and with that massive trunk out back, all their gear is welcome to come along, too.
Chevy introduced the 396 cubic inch V8 to the Impala in February of 1965, ostensibly to replace the 409, which would hang around for only a few more months. This is a date-code correct block with 10.25:1 compression and making 325 horsepower thanks to a 4-barrel carburetor and factory dual exhaust. Fully restored and detailed, the Chevy Orange engine inhales through a stock air cleaner, and proudly shows off its performance heritage with a minimum of flash and a focus on horsepower. It does include power steering, which is probably mandatory with that big lump of cast iron over the front wheels, and with long-tube headers and a fresh dual exhaust system, it sounds spectacular. The undercarriage is in very good condition thanks to a lifetime in a warm climate, although it is no longer detailed for show. Handsome Rally wheels with trim rings and staggered 235/60/15 front and 265/60/15 rear BFGoodrich T/A radials give it just a bit of rake for a performance look.
Documented with an extensive photo album, restoration receipts, owner's manual, and a listing of all the important numbers, this is a genuine big block SS Impala available at a fraction of the cost of restoration. Call today!
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- AM Radio
- Power Steering
- Build Receipts
- Vinyl Interior
- Owner's Manual
- Restoration Photos
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