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Username Post: 61 SS convertible        (Topic#352350)
Carl1962 
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08-05-18 11:06 PM - Post#2742073    

Apart from some unsupported numbers, this add is very interesting. Anyone know of the car?

https://www.ebay.com/itm/202385970952?ul_n oapp=tru...

Cheers, Carl.

1962 SS Impala Sports Coupe

http://s465.photobucket.com/albums/rr18/1956Carlo s...


 




turbo38s10 
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08-06-18 05:08 AM - Post#2742080    
    In response to Carl1962

Interesting. I don't think I've ever seen the code "S" spoken of here before or seen it.



 
Verne_Frantz 
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08-06-18 05:41 AM - Post#2742083    
    In response to Carl1962

I've known about it for quite some time. It's real.

Verne



 
japete92 
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08-06-18 08:07 AM - Post#2742091    
    In response to Verne_Frantz

Verne,

Does the owner have the spare tire mounted in the correct location for a convertible?

My '63 has the spare mounted on the right hand (looking in) 'shelf'; not on top of the power top motor. I thought '61 was the same.

Pete



 
rdmartin 
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08-06-18 08:43 AM - Post#2742093    
    In response to Carl1962

The ad says 6” wide wheels and positraction are part of the SS package. Based on the 1961 Chevrolet pdf website, page 18, that is false. The writer of the ad is also confused when he lumps the mandatory options into a “package”.

The trim tag sure looks original and it indicates the car is a SS.

Richard



 
Mercedes 
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08-06-18 09:25 AM - Post#2742096    
    In response to rdmartin

It is probably a very nice car but a fake.

It is pretty easy to fake an SS of that year.

It has been done before.



 
MoboMac 
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08-06-18 10:36 AM - Post#2742101    
    In response to Verne_Frantz

Saw a similar one for sale at the Portland swap meet...about 10 years ago..

It was red SS W motor with 4 speed...

The son of original owner was selling it...Had docs....looked to be a survivor....A bit rough around the edges.....Don't recall the price....but was WAY more than I could afford...at the time..

formerly Cameo Coral.....now appearing as MoboMac

Franks 59....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UokRArv4eSo

This car and vid is ART!

Turn it up & go full screen....


 
threeimpalas 
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08-06-18 10:55 AM - Post#2742103    
    In response to Mercedes

  • Mercedes Said:
It is probably a very nice car but a fake.

It is pretty easy to fake an SS of that year.

It has been done before.



Refer to Verne's post above.

Mike
'58-62s and 348/409s


 
Mercedes 
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08-06-18 11:24 AM - Post#2742104    
    In response to threeimpalas

I have seen some very convincing fakes. There is enough information readily available out there to be able to pass one off easily.

I don't doubt that someone looked at it, I just find it hard to believe that it is genuine. There weren't many made and every time one comes up it looks showroom. Something isn't right.



 
rdmartin 
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08-06-18 11:43 AM - Post#2742107    
    In response to Mercedes

  • Mercedes Said:
I have seen some very convincing fakes. There is enough information readily available out there to be able to pass one off easily.

I don't doubt that someone looked at it, I just find it hard to believe that it is genuine. There weren't many made and every time one comes up it looks showroom. Something isn't right.



“Something isn’t right.”

What isn’t right?




 
Verne_Frantz 
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08-06-18 12:25 PM - Post#2742113    
    In response to japete92

  • japete92 Said:
Verne,

Does the owner have the spare tire mounted in the correct location for a convertible?

My '63 has the spare mounted on the right hand (looking in) 'shelf'; not on top of the power top motor. I thought '61 was the same.

Pete



That was a running change in the '61 model year. The early cars had it up on the shelf, then they moved it down to the side shelf.

Verne




 
Verne_Frantz 
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08-06-18 12:27 PM - Post#2742114    
    In response to Mercedes

  • Mercedes Said:
It is probably a very nice car but a fake.

It is pretty easy to fake an SS of that year.

It has been done before.



Believe me, the car is absolutely not a fake. The owner has some information incorrect though.

Verne



 
Verne_Frantz 
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08-06-18 12:32 PM - Post#2742116    
    In response to Mercedes

  • Mercedes Said:
I have seen some very convincing fakes. There is enough information readily available out there to be able to pass one off easily.

I don't doubt that someone looked at it, I just find it hard to believe that it is genuine. There weren't many made and every time one comes up it looks showroom. Something isn't right.



This car is an UN-restored original. It's not "showroom".

Verne.

Even a nitwit will occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of the time he will pick himself up and carry on as if nothing happened.


 
japete92 
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08-06-18 01:05 PM - Post#2742122    
    In response to Verne_Frantz

  • Verne_Frantz Said:
  • japete92 Said:
Verne,

Does the owner have the spare tire mounted in the correct location for a convertible?

My '63 has the spare mounted on the right hand (looking in) 'shelf'; not on top of the power top motor. I thought '61 was the same.

Pete



That was a running change in the '61 model year. The early cars had it up on the shelf, then they moved it down to the side shelf.

Verne





Thanks.



 
Aussie_Chevy_Nut 
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08-06-18 02:04 PM - Post#2742131    
    In response to Carl1962

Hi Carl,
A very interesting car indeed. I'd go with Verne's opinion on this. Just because there are plenty of fakes out there does not mean that there are no more genuine ones to be discovered. It may be that there are NO more genuine SS cars to be found.
Also, nice to see a color other than red.
The fact that folks are reproducing the trunk and quarter emblems sort of makes it clear that there are now more SS '61's out there than in '61!
Good hunting chaps!
John



 
dgstarr 
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08-06-18 02:35 PM - Post#2742137    
    In response to Carl1962

I know Don who is selling this car and have inspected it and heard it run about 3 years ago. This is the only 1961 Impala SS that I have seen that I believe is genuine.

Dave



 
Tri5man 
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08-06-18 02:38 PM - Post#2742138    
    In response to Aussie_Chevy_Nut

Real or fake the bidding is now at 78K. Seems kind of high for an unrestored original. Can't imagine what it would be for a restored car.

Gary



 
Aussie_Chevy_Nut 
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08-06-18 03:25 PM - Post#2742141    
    In response to Tri5man

I think that there is a different market for the unrestored original cars as opposed to the restored cars.
Rarity and provenance (documentation) will encourage high prices.
Supply and demand.
John



 
Carl1962 
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08-06-18 11:48 PM - Post#2742176    
    In response to Aussie_Chevy_Nut

Is it a factory thing to have different length air cleaner snorkels on 348 powered 61's? Short one for power brake side maybe?

Cheers, Carl.

1962 SS Impala Sports Coupe

http://s465.photobucket.com/albums/rr18/1956Carlo s...


 
rrausch 
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08-07-18 01:41 PM - Post#2742234    
    In response to Carl1962

It's great to see an unrestored original 348 4-speed '61 S.S.

1953 210 Convertible, 261 with dual Carter YF 966S carbs, P.S., Remote Bendix P.B. Booster... shade-tree restoration about done.




 
DZAUTO 
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08-07-18 01:54 PM - Post#2742236    
    In response to rrausch

Let me tell you guys something. If I had the disposable cash-----------------AND COULD INSPECT THE CAR IN PERSON----------------real of fake, I'd buy it in 5seconds!!!!!!!!! Of all the 58-64 cars, my VERY FIRST CHOICE AND FIRST LOVE is a 61SS. Unfortunately, I cannot afford it. From what I see, AGAIN, real or fake, it has all the right parts!
I would make a few MINOR, bolt-on changes, but I'd be happy to own that car----------------61SS convertible ------------------------- WHAT MORE CAN YOU ASK FOR IN A 58-61 CHEVY??????????????



 
55 Shaker 
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08-07-18 03:20 PM - Post#2742245    
    In response to DZAUTO

  • DZAUTO Said:
WHAT MORE CAN YOU ASK FOR IN A 58-61 CHEVY??????????????


Two of them.

The older I get, the more dangerous, I am !!!!


 
DZAUTO 
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08-07-18 07:37 PM - Post#2742293    
    In response to 55 Shaker

  • 55 Shaker Said:
  • DZAUTO Said:
WHAT MORE CAN YOU ASK FOR IN A 58-61 CHEVY??????????????


Two of them.



And that --------------------- is absolutely, positively 100% CORRECT!!!



 
beagrizzly 
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08-08-18 10:41 AM - Post#2742348    
    In response to DZAUTO

DZ,

You pose a good question. I'm gonna have to go with 55 shaker on this. With the caveat that one of them had to be a bubble top.

By the way, the '61 is actually the only "bubble top" there ever was. (IMHO)

I know, I know. There were others (62, and I think a few 63s), but some of the younger generation actually have asked on here if their 4 door sport sedan was a bubble top.

NO IT ISN'T!!

Verne might jump in here and actually give us a number on the 63. There is a primer 63 on Youtube, but I think it was probably grafted. I have never actually seen an original 63 bubble.

I had a 62, a 63, and a 64. All were two door hardtops, but none were bubbles. The 62 was a 409, the others were a 327/Saginaw 3-speed, and a 327/glide.



Sorry, just remembering the good old days.

Griff

if you're gonna be a bear..................

1960 Biscayne (the 6T)
2005 Yukon XL
2007 GMC Sierra Classic 8.1
2009 Silverado
2011 Escalade ESV


Edited by beagrizzly on 08-08-18 10:47 AM. Reason for edit: No reason given.

 
threeimpalas 
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08-08-18 01:18 PM - Post#2742368    
    In response to beagrizzly

  • beagrizzly Said:
By the way, the '61 is actually the only "bubble top" there ever was. (IMHO)



Don't you mean '62? "Bubbletop" is a term used to differentiate the 2-door hardtop roof design of the '62 Bel Air from that of the '62 Impala. In '61 they were the same, hence no need for a special term to differentiate.

Mike
'58-62s and 348/409s


 
dogdish 
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08-08-18 08:45 PM - Post#2742429    
    In response to threeimpalas

I wish my left nut was worth that much. I would trade.

Bob G.
1964 Belair barn find
409/4speed NOM
8700 orig. miles
never restored


 
Stittville Ed 
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08-09-18 04:21 AM - Post#2742443    
    In response to dogdish

US $100,900.00
Reserve not met



 
beagrizzly 
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08-09-18 04:51 AM - Post#2742446    
    In response to threeimpalas

THREEIMPALAS,

Historically you are correct, but my caveat (IMHO) was that my personal feeling is the 61 was the true bubble top.

Again, for the record, you are correct, but I'll forever cherish the 61 as the original, therefore most beautiful, and in my eyes the ONLY bubble top.

Griff

if you're gonna be a bear..................

1960 Biscayne (the 6T)
2005 Yukon XL
2007 GMC Sierra Classic 8.1
2009 Silverado
2011 Escalade ESV


 
55Brodie 
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08-09-18 05:56 AM - Post#2742453    
    In response to beagrizzly


Moot, adj.
not worthy of consideration or discussion because it has been resolved 





 
turbo38s10 
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08-12-18 12:00 PM - Post#2742852    
    In response to 55Brodie

3 hrs to go and stuck at $100,700.00



 




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