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Username Post: Rarity of my Car        (Topic#357971)
1963Chevy 
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09-08-19 02:53 PM - Post#2775057    

I have a 63 Bel Air 4 door with the original 230 engine and matching trans. I'm kind of interested in finding out how many of these might be around. I have yet to see one at all the car shows I go to in NE PA. Lots of Impalas but no Bel Airs



 
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64ausbelair 
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09-08-19 03:16 PM - Post#2775061    
    In response to 1963Chevy

Hey mate. Show us some pictures if you could. I’m from Australia and most of the cars brought over here were four door Bel airs or four door post impalas. Most I’ve seen had 283,s and some had six,s.
I guess in the states most of you guys do two door impalas because they’re seen as cooler and sportier. Even here now a lot of people import two doors from the US.
Your car probably is kind of rare in one respect because most of those are probably used as parts cars.
The age of these cars is getting up there now so to have an original in any form is good in my books. Throw a few pics up and show the old girl off.



 
1963Chevy 
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09-08-19 03:46 PM - Post#2775066    
    In response to 64ausbelair

Okay I'll figure out how.




 
Verne_Frantz 
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09-09-19 11:48 AM - Post#2775156    
    In response to 1963Chevy

My son drove a '63 Belair 4-door with a 6cyl and 3-spd. They are not really that rare; they're just not that popular. Most of them don't get saved and kept on the road. That's just the way the hobby is......

Verne



 
1963Chevy 
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09-09-19 05:09 PM - Post#2775186    
    In response to Verne_Frantz

Thanks, Verne.

I guess I was wondering more about how many might be still around. Automatics, specifically.

Thanks



 
dcairns 
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09-09-19 07:56 PM - Post#2775203    
    In response to 64ausbelair

  • 64ausbelair Said:
I guess in the states most of you guys do two door impalas because they’re seen as cooler and sportier. Even here now a lot of people import two doors from the US.



Not everyone here in the US goes for the 2 doors....


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1964 Impala 4-door sedan

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Verne_Frantz 
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09-10-19 06:29 AM - Post#2775226    
    In response to 1963Chevy

Well, Chevrolet built a little over 138,000 '63 6cyl Belair 4-door sedans, but there's no breakdown between standard or auto trans.

Verne



 
DCIMPALA 
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09-10-19 11:44 AM - Post#2775261    
    In response to Verne_Frantz

Ok, well how about this. My father worked for GM and bought a new Chevy every other year starting in 60 thru 68. So, as an old mechanic he thought nothing was better than a straight six.

He bought a 64 Impala SS, six cylinder, power glide, AM radio, roll up windows. Burgundy with black interior, buckets, console.

Doug



 
62BillT 
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09-10-19 01:08 PM - Post#2775266    
    In response to DCIMPALA

The OP "1963 Chevy" knows it as we have talked before, but I have the exact same car, but with Factory Power Steering.

I'm sure that cuts the 138,000 number down a good bit.

We had a bunch of these cars all through the years starting from when they were new and I can never remember a 230-6 with PS.

Member:
-National Impala Association
-Vintage Chevrolet Club of America


 
Verne_Frantz 
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09-10-19 07:41 PM - Post#2775295    
    In response to DCIMPALA

Now we're talking rare. Your Dad's car was one of only 2855 built for the US.

Verne



 
rrausch 
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09-12-19 04:05 PM - Post#2775411    
    In response to Verne_Frantz

Back in the day my buddy drove his family's 63 4-door with a 6-banger and a 3 on the tree. That car had an astounding top end speed. My then gf's dad had a '62 Grand Prix--I borrowed it one night, along with his daughter ;-) and my buddy and I raced. On top end the '63 Chevy walked away from the Grand Prix. You coulda knocked me over with a feather. I couldn't get the Grand Prix to go much over 100, but the '63 Chevy just waltzed on by us. I've often wondered if the '63 had the big 6 in it. Might have since this was in farm country.

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




 
wagonmaster 
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09-13-19 07:33 AM - Post#2775448    
    In response to rrausch

My grandmother had a '62 Impala 4 door with a "stick six" that I drove many times when we visited. No 100+ mph car, it wasn't too bad on power.
I always wanted her trade in for that car, a '52 Chevy coupe, also stick, but with the 216" engine.

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