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Sweet. I did not know a SS could be a 6 cylinder . Whoulda thunk?

Kinda rusty for a cali car. The 5 years in baltimore were unkind.

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Sweet. I did not know a SS could be a 6 cylinder . Whoulda thunk?

Kinda rusty for a cali car. The 5 years in baltimore were unkind.

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Straight 6 SS cars....'63-65 Chevy II Nova, and '64-65 Chevelle, and I think possibly same years Impala too....but after that, 1966 all SS cars were V8. I could be wrong about '66-67 but I don't recall ever seeing any after '65.

It was an appearance and interior trim package for a few years before "SS" became more of a performance option as muscle car fever heated up..
 

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My understanding is, up until 68, SS was a trim package. Could be had with 6 or V8.........In 68, it was big blocks only for the SS package. You could get a big block without the SS package, but not the other way around.
 

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I'm thinking the '61 Impala SS only came with a 409? Can anyone confirm?
Nope, standard SS was one of three different 348 W-motors 3o5HP, 340HP, 360HP or the newly introduced 409 at also 360HP.

Only 142 1961 SS 409 Impalas out of a total of 453 SS Impala's produced that year.

Impala SS (1961)
In a December 17, 1960 press release Chevrolet Motor Division introduced the Impala SS (Super Sport) option to the market. The SS badge was to become Chevrolet's signature of performance on many models, though it often has been an appearance package only. The Impala's factory SS package in 1961 was truly a performance package when so equipped from the factory with both the trim and "mandatory" suspension and engine upgrades, beginning with the 348 cu in (5.7 L) V8 engines available with 305 hp (227 kW; 309 PS), 340 hp (254 kW; 345 PS), and 350 hp (261 kW; 355 PS) or the new 409 cu in (6.7 L) V8, which in 1961 was rated at 360 hp (268 kW; 365 PS). Unlike all other years, the 1961 Super Sport package was available on any Impala, including sedans and station wagons (the sales brochure shows a 4-door hardtop Sport Sedan with the SS package). The package also included upgraded tires on station wagon wheels, springs, shocks and special sintered metallic brake linings. Only 142 1961 Impala Super Sports came from the factory with the 409. In addition to the factory-installed SS package, Chevrolet dealers could add SS trim to any standard Impala without the "mandatory" performance upgrades, and a number of '61s were so equipped.
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I did not know a SS could be a 6 cylinder
Didn't expect a full size Chevy pickup to be 4 banger, either... but here we are...

Considering picking up a '64 or '65 Chevelle to be my non-winter weather daily driver... especially a convertible... the ride quality of a full size car in a smaller package... along with its cousins Tempest/GTO, Cutlass/F85/442, Special... the magazines went nuts over them back in the day... No wonder GM alone sold 52% of all new cars back in those days... 20 other brands split up the other 48%...
 

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My understanding is, up until 68, SS was a trim package. Could be had with 6 or V8.........In 68, it was big blocks only for the SS package. You could get a big block without the SS package, but not the other way around.
This is correct. I was dating a girl in 67 who got a graduation present of a brand new 67 Nova SS. Yellow with black bucket seats and 6 cylinder motor.

She was not happy about Dad not getting her a V8.

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She was not happy about Dad not getting her a V8.
John
And a slip-n-slide PowerGlide as well?

Did you hop it up for her?

My girlfriend back then had a new light blue '65 Malibu convertible 283 V8 powerglide... those were really nice cars... the ride quality of a full size car...
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Nope, standard SS was one of three different 348 W-motors 3o5HP, 340HP, 360HP or the newly introduced 409 at also 360HP.

Only 142 1961 SS 409 Impalas out of a total of 453 SS Impala's produced that year.

Impala SS (1961)
In a December 17, 1960 press release Chevrolet Motor Division introduced the Impala SS (Super Sport) option to the market. The SS badge was to become Chevrolet's signature of performance on many models, though it often has been an appearance package only. The Impala's factory SS package in 1961 was truly a performance package when so equipped from the factory with both the trim and "mandatory" suspension and engine upgrades, beginning with the 348 cu in (5.7 L) V8 engines available with 305 hp (227 kW; 309 PS), 340 hp (254 kW; 345 PS), and 350 hp (261 kW; 355 PS) or the new 409 cu in (6.7 L) V8, which in 1961 was rated at 360 hp (268 kW; 365 PS). Unlike all other years, the 1961 Super Sport package was available on any Impala, including sedans and station wagons (the sales brochure shows a 4-door hardtop Sport Sedan with the SS package). The package also included upgraded tires on station wagon wheels, springs, shocks and special sintered metallic brake linings. Only 142 1961 Impala Super Sports came from the factory with the 409. In addition to the factory-installed SS package, Chevrolet dealers could add SS trim to any standard Impala without the "mandatory" performance upgrades, and a number of '61s were so equipped.
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My dad had what he believed was one of those 142. He had a '61 SS that he bought used. It had a 348 in it when he bought it. The man he bought it from told him that he had blown up the original 409 at the drag strip, and put the 348 in it to sell the car. Sure wish I had that one today...
 

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Back in 1977 I had a 64 Chevelle SS with 283 4bbl.p0weglide. Swapped in a 4 speed and beat the snot out of it. Loved that car. Wish I had kept it.
 
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