Project 409/425 dual quad 4-speed, Sateen Silver on black, power windows, tach
- Make: Chevrolet
- Model: Impala
- SubModel: 409/425
- Type: Coupe
- Year: 1963
- Mileage: 44,444
- VIN: 31847L172640
- Color: Silver
- Number of cylinders: 8
- Fuel: Gasoline
- Transmission: Manual
- Interior color: Black
- Vehicle Title: Clear Want to buy? Contact seller!
1963 Chevrolet Impala 409/425
I love the unusual ones, and this one certainly qualifies: 1963 Impala 2-door hardtop (non-SS) with a 409 dual-quad V8 and 4-speed manual transmission. Options include a factory tachometer and power windows, which is kind of odd until someone pointed out that drag racers would get power windows because they often had to roll down the passenger window to speak to a flag man at the track, although there's no evidence here that this car was ever raced. It was also originally Sateen Silver with a black bench seat interior and experts will note that Satin Silver was a low-production color for the Impala. Pretty cool foundation, no?
The car has already been disassembled and stripped, the bodywork is done and it's in primer, and yes, I know that you'll probably have to sand it off to see what's going on underneath (please save the comments about how it got wet and now the primer is ruined--it's epoxy), but you shouldn't find any nasty surprises. Floors are solid and ready to go, too. I can't promise it's ready to spray paint, but it isn't going to cost you $10,000 to get the body in shape, either. If you're a good home painter, I bet you can make this car look like a million bucks.
Interior is there, but it all needs replaced. I think if this were my car, I'd put in a red interior with the Sateen Silver paint and really blow people away.
The engine is a real-deal L80 409 with dual quads, stamping number T0402QB and casting number 3830814. It has been completely rebuilt but never started, so it needs to be fine-tuned and finished. Block is bored .030 oversize, original forged crank turned to standard, stock rods with press-in pins, new Ross forged aluminum pistons with 11:1 compression. Isky solid lifter camshaft with cam card included. Correct intake manifold, correct carburetors, original 409 dual quad air cleaner, and factory chrome W-shaped valve covers. Cast exhaust manifolds are correct 409/425 castings with casting number 3822925. Entire assembly is painted and detailed. Transmission is also rebuilt and appears to be the original transmission from the car (date codes are correct). Some chassis work done but it should be disassembled and painted. Wheels have been painted and fitted with reproduction bias-ply whitewalls so it's a roller.
I don't know if every little tiny part is there, but the important stuff that's unique to the 409 is all there, the rest is pretty commonly available. This is a very worthy car, which, in my professional opinion, could be worth $80-90,000 in completed condition. An awesome combination of options, a popular body style, and very cool colors make this one stand out in a big way. Yes, there's some investment required, but all the expensive stuff is pretty much done and it could be finished by one of you talented guys with time and energy. An A-list early muscle car and a great project with financial upside. How often do you get a chance like that? Car is located in Falconer, NY and has good title.