1961 Chevy Impala SS

The 1961 Chevrolet Impala is known for just about one factor: the SS trim of the car. Of the 491,000 Impalas produced, solely 453 have been offered with the SS trim. These lucky enough to get one could pull up next to some other automobile on the highway and count on to leave them in a cloud of dust.

The 409-cubic-inch V8 was rated at 360 horsepower at 5,800 rpm and put out 409 pounds per foot of torque at three,600 rpm. (See why they call them "the good ol' days"?) This Super Sport package price just below $fifty four in 1961!

Restoration fanatics beware: The SS is just not an easy core to restore. Since only 453 SSs had been offered, parts might be very troublesome to find. 

As for the remaining 490,507 non-SS Impalas, these had been great automobiles as well. The bottom engine was a 348-cubic-inch V8 rated at 305 horsepower. That they had misplaced the tailfins of earlier years, and had a extra rocket-like look with smoother lines.

Comments: The Impala was utterly redesigned for 1965 and featured a extra streamlined look, slightly than the boxy look of earlier years. In February, the mighty 409 was phased out and was changed by the Mark IV 396 cid V8, which would power Chevrolets for the remainder of the '60s. The brand new 396 may very well be mated to a brand new automated transmission, the Turbo Hydra-matic 350. The 396 was a direct descendant of the "Daytona Mystery Engine" The 409s and 396s have been accessible in all Impalas, together with 4 door sedans and station wagons, but the Impala SS continued as a separate series. 1965 also noticed the introduction of the Caprice choice on the Impala and came normal with a V8.

Production: 239,500
Engines: (L30) 327 V8 250 bhp @ 4400 rpm, 350 lb-ft @ 2800 rpm. (L74) 327 V8 300 bhp @ 5000 rpm, 360 lb-ft @ 3200 rpm. (L35) 396 V8 325 bhp @ 4800 rpm, 410 lb-ft @ 3200 rpm. (L78) 396 V8 425 bhp @ 6400 rpm, 415 lb-ft @ 4000 rpm. (L33) 409 V8 340 bhp @ 5000 rpm, 430 lb-ft @ 3200 rpm. (L31) 409 V8 four hundred bhp @ 5800 rpm, 425 lb-ft @ 3600 rpm.


 

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