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From around 1956 until the mid 1980s, Dodge, Plymouth and even Chrysler squads were the most ubiquitous police cars in North America. In fact, the biggest department, the NYPD, used Plymouth and Dodge squads almost exclusively until the rear-drive M body car was finally axed in 1989.
The no-frills Savoy two-door sedan was home to another engine of considerable repute, the infamous 413 Max Wedge, a Super Stock monster block Chrysler introduced in the spring of 1962.
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1962 Chevrolet Impala SS The 3rd generation Impala ran from 1961-1964 and would end up being one of the most important American cars to date. These were the game changing years in which the Super Sport and the world famous 409 engine were released. The SS Impala played an integral role in formulating what we now know as the original muscle cars. Here in the corridors of the Classic Auto Mall we have all kinds of cars with all kinds of purposes. Some classics to be shown, others to be driven, and others to do both. This car is definitely both to the max! A resto-mod if you will, with air bagged suspension, LED tail lamps, 1 piece California bumpers, tall wheels and low profile tires, and some snappy engine mods to make it go even faster, and look even nicer. Exterior Bathed in gorgeous Black to the belt line, then after jumping over a wide straight trim spear with inserted swirl machined pattern, we change over to Yellow Pearl Flip. This paint covers very straight rust-free panels that mind their gaps with military precision. Plenty of chromed trim in excellent condition wraps around the windows, 1-piece California bumpers, grille and rear deck panels. All glass is like new with a tinted front windscreen. Badging is showroom, and a power antenna has been added. On all 4 corners we see 20-inch rally style rims and wheels and these are wrapped by 245/35/R20 front rubber, and 275/45/R20s on the back. Interior Consigner tells us it is a complete refresh for the interior, and with a swing of the doors one would definitely believe this. Very nice door panels in black vinyl square stitched padded panel uppers complete with chromed buttons at their intersections, and horizontal ribbed lowers delineated by a swooping downward chrome trim. Cranks are like new as is armrest and its trimmings. Moving to the seats we see very smooth black low buckets framed on either side with wide chromed surrounding trim, and more chrome buttoned stitched uppers. The back seat is continuing this pattern only in bench form with speaker in the middle. A center console is seen and sporting a Hurst white knobbed shifter. The padded dash top in black has a pristine instrument clustered and buttoned and knobbed dash front, and Vintage air has been neatly added. A nice digital back lit multi-function gauge cluster if you will, is easily handheld and sits loosely on the center console. There is an AM/FM digital radio neatly installed, also noted is a completely upholstered trunk. Carpet is very nice, and headliner is wonderfully tight. Beautiful job inside on this refresh. Drivetrain Opening the hood, we might as well be looking at this car in the showroom with its clean and mean orange block and Chevrolet badged valve covers. This is a 327ci V8 that is correct for this car and has had a Comp cam installed and original heads were replaced by Dart Heads. On top is a 4-barrel Edelbrock carb which pushes fuel and air through an Edelbrock Performer RPM Air-Gap intake. Smooth black headers are mounted to either side of this V8, and nice no corrosion bolt ons and supple hoses are seen throughout. Out back, a 4-speed M20 Muncie manual transmission is mounted. Undercarriage A frame off restoration always never ceases to amaze me how nice an undercarriage can be, and this job did not disappoint. Jet black frame and suspension parts mix with pristine white floor pans, and new gas tank and shiny Turbo muffler exhaust. Ride Tech Air suspension is seen on the front and rear, and power disc brakes are now upfront and power drums for the rear. Also noted is a Hotchkis sway bar. Drive-Ability As expected, it was an E ticket ride with plenty of power and ear candy with a turn of the key. Great acceleration, nice handling, and quick stopping. The interior is Uber comfortable and very clean, and the stereo sounds great. A complete package here in the form of a 1962 Impala SS. Plenty of mods, new technology, and some old school engine upgrades. Throw on some snappy Black over Yellow Pearl Flip, gobs of chrome trimmings and some 20-inch wheels with low profile tires, and youll be goin and showing in early 60s retro style. VIN Decode 21847B249810 2-1962 18-Impala V8 47-2 Door Sport Coupe B-Baltimore, MD Assy Plant 241810-Sequential Unit Number Trim Tag 06E-5th Week June 1962 Build STYLE 62 1847-1962 Impala 2 Door Sport Coupe BODY BA35055-Baltimore Body # TRIM 812-Black Vinyl Buckets Impala SS PAINT 925-Coronna Cream
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