Lot 325: Chevrolet Impala SS
Ed Cole, Chevrolet's chief engineer in the late 1950s, defined the Impala as a "prestige car within the reach of the average American citizen. From 1958 until 1965, the Impala was Chevrolet's most expensive full-size car. The Beach Boys produced a hit single, "409, referring to the Chevy, which became an iconic song for these cars. Impalas featured premium interior appointments, plusher seats, and more chrome trim outside, including a full-width aluminium-and-chrome panel to house the triple-unit taillight assembly. The rare Super Sport (SS) models debuted in 1961 and featured the panel in a specially engine-turned aluminium which was also used to fill the side mouldings, making the SS more distinctive in appearance. For 1964, the Impala was slightly restyled, reverting to a more rounded, softer look. At the rear, the signature taillight assembly had an "upside-down U shaped aluminium trim strip above the taillights, but the lights themselves were surrounded by a body-coloured panel. The 1964 model has been praised by West Coast rap groups since the 1990s with endorsements such as Eazy-E, Dr. Dre, Skee-Lo and The Game among many others. With just one previous owner prior to its importation into this country in 2005 from the United States, this example of one of Detroit's more civilised muscle cars has previously been carefully looked after with reportedly no wet weather driving. The vendor spent six years looking for exactly this car so you could say the hard work has been done. It is presented in near showroom condition with the added benefits of a number of modifications and upgrades undertaken over the last few years. The drum brakes have been replaced with a superior disc brake setup, as well as an additional five-speed automatic gearbox. The exhaust system has also been replaced and the entire engine has been overhauled. The Seagrass carpets alone cost over £3,000, with alloy wheels costing £4,000, the total restoration and modification bill coming to over £15,000 over and above the initial cost of the car. The paintwork and brightwork is reportedly immaculate and the car comes complete with full documentation and receipts. Also included is an MoT test certificate valid for a further five months, a modern alarm and automatic locking doors. A reliable and well presented SS benefiting from sympathetic upgrades and offered at a level below its current estimated market value.
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|Registration number||KYY 435C|
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|Number of doors||2|