1964 Chevrolet Biscayne, Bel Air, and Impala

The 1964 Chevrolet Impala SS came only­ as a two-door hardtop or convertible.
The 1964 Chevrolet Impala SS came only­ as a two-door hardtop or convertible.

The 1964 Chevrolet Impala added a model to the line as the Super Sport became a distinct series in '64, in either convertible or hardtop coupe form. Super Sports held a pleated vinyl interior with front bucket seats, and a console with floor gearshift (when equipped with a four-speed or Powerglide). Swirl-pattern silver anodized material decorated the rear cove outline moldings and wider upper body trim strips of SS models.

The 1964 Chevrolet Biscayne looked mundane but had a 425-horsepower engine.
The 1964 Chevrolet Biscayne looked mundane but had a 425-horsepower engine.

Super Sports might have either a six-cylinder or V-8 engine -- though few of the former were sold. A tachometer and sports steering wheel could be added to the package. Quick-ratio power steering was available, along with a seven-position Comfortilt column.

Updated styling featured squarer corners along with a new full-width sculptured grille. Impalas again had triple taillights on each side, plus plenty of brightwork. As usual, they were the top sellers by far, with 889,600 built (including an impressive 185,523 Super Sports).

Picking a powertrain wasn't easy -- not with seven engines and four transmissions to choose from. Engine offerings ranged from a 140-horsepower six through V-8s of 283, 327, and 409 cubic inches, the last described as "especially saucy in highway passing situations." V-8s whipped up from 195 to 425 horsepower, and top engines could get Delcotronic all-transistor ignition.

1964 Chevrolet Biscayne, Bel Air, and Impala Facts

Model
Weight range (lbs.)
Price range (new)
Number built
Biscayne3,230-3,820
$2,363-$2,871
173,900 (approx.)
Bel Air
3,235-3,865
$2,465-$3,039
318,100 (approx.)
Impala
3,340-3,895
$2,671-$3,181
704,300 (approx.)
Impala SS
3,325-3,555
$2,839-$3,196
185,325