Welcome to the latest edition of Muscle Car Showcase. If muscle cars are your passion, you’ll feel right at home here. We look at rare, limited edition, and even a few anomalies that have significance in the muscle car world. Here, we like to throw out the rule book, enjoy ourselves, and try to learn something new along the way. We’re here to have a good time and enjoy the ride. Let’s turn back the clock and look at the 1961 Chevrolet Impala SS 409.
Every legendary muscle car brand gets its start somewhere. We all know the names. In 1964, Ford took a Fairlane, crammed a 427 V8 under the hood, and created the drag racer known as the Thunderbolt. The guys over at Chrysler gave the fabled 300 series a 375 horsepower Hemi back in the late 1950s. For General Motors, that honor goes to the 1961 Chevrolet Impala SS 409. This was the first car Chevrolet gave its infamous Super Sport moniker. For $53.80, the SS package could be applied to any Impala that rolled down the assembly line. Heck, even the Beach Boys wrote a song about its fabled 409 engine. Read the rest of this entry