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1961 CHEVROLET IMPALA 'SUPER SPORT' CONVERTIBLE

BY 1961, CHEVROLET WAS NOT JUST SATISFIED WITH SELLING 1,204,719 CHEVROLETS in 1961. THEY DECIDED TO 'FINE TUNE' THEIR PERFORMANCE IMAGE AND BOOST SALES FURTHER BY

 OFFERING A "SUPER SPORT" PACKAGE . THE "SS" PACKAGE WAS REVEALED LATE IN THE MODEL YEAR INITIALLY, AS A WAY OF INTRODUCING SHOWROOM CUSTOMERS TO THE "ALL NEW"

LATE ENTRY...A  409 ENGINE OPTION. THE 409 WAS BASICALLY  A BORED OUT 348 CUBIC INCH V8 BUT,  IT QUICKLY BECAME KNOWN AS "THE
TRUCK ENGINE  DESIGNED FOR DRAG RACING AND

STOCK CAR RACING". AFTER ONLY 142 ENGINES WERE ISSUED PRODUCTION PROBLEMS WITH THE HEADS WARPING HALTED THE 409 OPTION UNTIL 1962 SO, MOST OF THE "SS CHEVY'S

BUILT  WERE NOT EQUIPPED AS 409'S.  AS IT IS, ONLY 453 '61 SUPER SPORT CHEVROLET'S WERE EVER BUILT ONLY A HANDFUL WERE CONVERTIBLES.

THE DEALER ORDERED 'KIT' COULD BE FACTORY OR, DEALER INSTALLED BUT, IT  REQUIRED AT  THE BARE MINUMUM, AT LEAST A 348 CUBIC INCH MOTOR. THE FACTORY BROCHURE

CONFIRMS THE 2-SPEED POWERGLIDE AUTOMATIC TRANNIE WAS OFFERED BUT, VERY FEW  WERE ORDERED.  

THE SUPER SPORT PACKAGE  REQUIRED SS  I.D. PLATES, HEAVY DUTY SPRINGS, SHOCKS, POWER STEERING , BLACK WHEELS (iNSTEAD OF BODY COLOR) & SINTERED METALLIC BRAKES. 

LET'S NOT FORGET, THOSE GORGEOUS SPINNER HUBCAPS, DASH 'GRAB BAR', PADDED DASH,  7,000 R.P.M. STEERING COLUMN MOUNTED TACH AND
NARROW  WHITEWALL TIRES.  DEALERS

ONLY CHARGED A PALTRY $63.10 FOR THE "SS  PACKAGE" BUT, THE
'OPTIONS REQUIRED'  HAD THE CAR 'STICKER OUT' AT OVER $4,000, WHICH WAS MORE THAN THE BASE STICKER FOR A

NEW CORVETTE ! THIS  CAR IS FINISHED IN 'JEWEL BLUE' W/  MATCHING 2-TONE INTERIOR, WHITE SIDE SPEAR AND WHITE SOFT TOP. SHE ALSO HAS FACTORY FRONT & REAR BUMPER

GUARDS WITH REMOTE HOOD  OPENER, DUAL MIRRORS, THE CORRECT BLACK WHEELS, OPTINAL REAR ANTENNA, THE ORIGINAL PUSHBUTTON
'CHEVY' AM RADIO AND WIDE WHITEWALLS.

IT HAS
THE MATCHING NUMBER  MOTOR, TRANMSISSION, REAR AND IT'S THE ORIGINAL COLOR  COMBINATION.  LOADED WITH THE 'SOLID LIFTER' 348 / 4V CARB, AND 4-SPEED GEARBOX.....

IT HAS 32,000 ORIGINAL MILES PLUS, IT'S  ORIGINAL SHOWROOM BROCHURE AND MANUAL. 

PURCHASED HER OFF THE SHOW FIELD AT THE A.A.C.A. CAR SHOW , HERSHEY, PA. IN 1996.  IT'S BEEN SHOWN LOCALLY BUT, PRIMARILY IN STAGNANT DISPLAY IN AN AIR CONDITIONED CAR

 MUSEUM SINCE 1996. THIS CAR IS A STUNNING BEAUTY. A GO FIND ONE  CLASSIC.....

 OFFERS AROUND $126,000 'CONSIDERED'

SORRY, MUSEUM DISPLAY ITEMS INCLUDING; 45RPM RECORD PLAYER, DRIVE-IN TRAYS WITH IMPLEMENTS, D-CUP BRA
:) & RARE REMINGTON SHAVER ARE NOT INCLUDED.

 
THE STORY:

Fifteen Hundred Cuban right-wing exiles, trained by the CIA, fumble an attempt to take over Cuba in the Bay of Pigs Invasion, 300 "Freedom Riders" risked death by riding a bus from Washington, DC to Birmingham Ala. to display 'the cause' of segregation, Audrey Hepburn made her screen debut in the film "Breakfast at Tiffany's", Judy Garland played Carnagie Hall, Eddie Murphy & Dan Marino were born while, Earnest Hemmingway and Gary Cooper ( actor) died. It all happened in 1961.

The first Super Sport is seen by many as the PUREST big Chevy muscle car ever built. The 1961 Impala was downsized that year and this added up to a small vehicle with a very large engine. Even with it's base engine V8 at 283 cubic inches, the '61 Chevy was viewed as a "barn burner". Once Chevrolet added the 409/360 H.P. late in the year, it was not uncommon to see 7.8 sec 0-60 and 15.8 sec. quarter mile runs. The 348 wasn't far behind in performance.
Chevrolet targeted customers who (quote) "like sports car flair teamed with big car elegance." This advertising babble started the Super Sport 'phenomenon' which continued for the next 35 + years. Incredible as it may seem, the new Super Sport option could be ordered on an Impala convertible, two-door hardtop, two-door sedan and even a four door sedan. But in reality, most were ordered in two-door Sport coupes. All the buyer had to do was check-off the 'tick' marked "SS" and for $63.10 one got a bargain by any man's standards. Of course, the engine cost a bit more. V8's ran between $344 and $500. A recent factoid just uncovered: in order to order the 'Super Sport Package', it was mandatory you also order a Padded Dash, Narrow Wall Whitewalls( Black- Only-Wheels), Sintered Metallic Brakes, Positraction, Four-Speed ( Or Powerglide w/ the 348/305 only) and a Column-Mounted 7,000 r.p.m. Sun Tachometer. In effect, this drove the 'new' Super Sport to over $4,100, which was more than a new Vette. Hence, another reason the low build.

Engines varied from the small horse 348/305 4V hydraulic lifter motor to the 348/280 Tri-Power to the solid lifter Special Turbo Thrust V8 version with 11:25:1 compression and 340 H.P. (4V). The lone 409 option pushed out 360 H.P. Although only 142 were ever offered due to production problems with the heads warping. The Four Speed gearbox was $188 and you automatically got a Special Shifter plate, mounted on the floor ( there was no special chrome console with the column shift automatic) . Chevy experts claim the 1961 Impala SS is the hardest to restore as original SS name plates, dash grab bar and floor shift plate are damn near impossible to find. This car is seen as the ultimate collectible as it is the first of the series that didn't end until 1996, when Chevy folded it's tent on the Super Sport nomenclature.

If the 1961 Super Sports were virtually unknown, the opposite was true of the 1962 version that followed. Over 99,000 1962 'Super Sports' were sold making this earlier edition the Most Rare. Our car was born in Farmington, Mass. and was reported to be garaged 'all it's life'. All the Body Panels are original. This beautiful Impala is a piece of Muscle Car History.