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1962 Impala SS ?

guys, my 1952 Cadillac deal fell through so I have turned my attention to a 1962 impala SS that I can get pretty cheap. I have a choice between the 1962 SS and a 1965 standard model. I think I'm going with the SS. But my question is this. All of the SS badges, interior, center console and trim is there. the VIN number indicates that this is a true SS. My question is there is an automatic transmission gear indicator on the steering column with a place for the column gear shift which is missing. The pedal assembly in the car is for a manual transmission and there is a three speed shifter in the floor. Did any of the SS's come like this from the factory with a three speed manual tranny or would it be safe to assume that the past owner switched from automatic to manual. There is no engine or transmission in the car so there's no way for me to know.


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Either they switched auto to manual, or someone replaced the column and couldn't find the proper one.....most likely the 1st choice.
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Had a '62 SS for many years, there is nothing in the VIN that would indicate it was an SS. The proof is in the trim tag on the driver's side firewall, if it has the code for bucket seats it is an SS if it doesn't it's not an SS. No '62 SS was built with a bench and buckets were NOT available in a standard Impala. You could get a '62 SS with anything from a 6 banger to a 409 Dual Quad and a Power Glide or 3 speed on the column with a short console between the seats or a 4 speed with an additional front section for the console. No factory PG or 3 speed floorshifts in '62. It should also have a grab handle on the dash in front of the passenger seat instead of the starburst medallion found in a standard Impala. The handle will say Impala SS right in it. NO engine turned stainless in the interior like later models either, it had the same alternating rectangle checkered pattern as the std. Impala. Oh yeah, according to GM the '62 SS had a 1-1/2" lower ride height than other models, the only year to do so. Don't bother trying to find the '62 SS specific springs tough, they haven't existed for decades.
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Thanks for the information. This car is truly an SS. It has bucket seats, short console between the seats. It has the grab handle on the dash in front of the passenger seat and the handle does read Impala SS. the handle is chrome. I appreciate this information. I will just switch it back to automatic and dump that floor shifter and manual tranny pedals.
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