You certainly won’t fail to get noticed driving an automobile like this Ember Red 1964 Chevrolet Impala – these big cruisers are amongst some of the most popular sixties classics. While you might draw attention people might not realise quite what is lurking under the hood – a mighty 409 cubic inch big block V8.
This was Chevrolet’s top production engine from 1961 through to 1965. Not only is this a great engine but it has taken its place in cultural history. There aren’t many people with even just a passing interest in cars that isn’t aware of the prestige of Chevrolet’s 409.
A total of 8,684 Chevrolet’s were fitted with a 409 during the 1964 model year which was a 50 percent decline from the previous year.
At the rear, the Impala maintained the tradition of being the only full-size Chevrolet to have triple taillights on each side. Also present on the Impala was the satin-finish anodized cove insert (silver anodized on the SS).
An leather-grained all-vinyl interior highlights the interior of the Impala convertible. Note the factory in-dash tachometer.
The base V8 for full-size Chevrolets was a 283 cubic inch, Turbo-Fire with 3-speed manual transmission. However, the original owner of this Impala opted for 409 big block and 4-speed combination costing an additional $579 on the original price of the car.
Chevrolet built 81,897 Impala Convertibles for the 1964 model year with a base price of $2,927 and came with a 140 horsepower, 230 cubic inch six cylinder engine.
Super Sport Impala sales totaled 185,325 but no breakdown between the coupe and convertible were recorded. However, it is likely around 10% of this figure was convertible sales. Super Sport prices started at $2,839 for the coupe and $3,088 for the convertible.
This ’64 Impala 409 Convertible is currently for sale on eBay. (follow the link for even more photos)