It was the car that started a revolution. Not only did it start the full-size muscle car, but it gave birth to a legendary name-Super Sport. First place on a production car in 1962, it was the highlight of the Chevrolet marketing department, and the trend swept across the country like wildfire. It was the flicker of inspiration for the GTO and a host of other Super Sport models. It blended all the good things. Like bucket seats and all that special trim, the one thing the Impala Super Sport package did not include was a powerplant. This meant that any thing from a six cylinder to a big block V-8 was available with the package. And for its first year, it was even available as a four-door sedan.
Most of the collecting of these models involve the 1962-1965 models with the 409-ci, or the later models with the 427-ci powerplant. But there is a growing trend towards the lesser powered versions of the Impala SS, and bargains can be found. This would lead to some fake models out there, but the good news is that the 1967 model was a true model and will begin with the number 167 for six cylinder and 168 for the V-8. Opt for a 327-ci or even better, a 396-ci power version if you can't afford the 427-ci, they are lesser known, and can be a good bargain. Don't look for all the frills that are part of the SS 427 package. The standard Super Sport did include hood bulges of fender gills, it did include a special grille and medallions. The convertible can get more expensive, but the two-door hardtop can be found easily under $4000.00.
The 1968 Impala Super Sport was even less noticeable, and was reduced to a option package on the Impala Coupe, in either the fastback or custom roof lines. The package consisted of special insides, and moldings and nameplates on the outside. Again, a six cylinder was standard and it was optional with a total choice of four V-8 powerplants. The convertible, however, was standard with a V-8. The SS 427 package added much more flare, which includes a dome hood and louvers on the front fenders, not to mention a 385-hp 427-ci big block. The convertible prices remain strong, and the fastback is the next; surprisingly the Custom coupe can be found at reasonable prices.
It's fitting that the oldest of the Super Sports, the Impala SS, was the first to die. And it went out in grand style. There was only one package available: the SS 427. Available in a hardtop coupe or a convertible, it was less flashy than the previous versions. There were no hood scoops, or fender gills. Just tiny SS lettering on the fenders, grille and tail end. The only call outs framed the front side turn lamps on the fenders. This model is rare. And prices are higher than others, but not as high as it should be, because this car often gets overlooked because it looks like any other 1969 Impala.
Truth is, that the 1967-69 Impala Super Sports are one of a kind, and good buys can be found out there right now. And they are never going to build anything like them again. They were big and comfortable, but they always had style.
Show Me Car Price Scale
We base our prices on current markets that these models are selling for. Or that the base current mode is selling with an increase for special add ons. This is a summary of our classifications.
Class 1- 100% restored to factory specifications. Looks like it came right off the showroom floor. A Class 1 car is not driven. Very few cars are Class 1.
Class 2- An original that is very well-maintained showing only minimal wear. Could be an older professional restoration. Driven less then 1,000 miles a year.
Class 3- What most show cars are. Looks excellent 20 feet away. But there are obvious signs worn foot pedals and carpeting, chrome is not as bright, but all systems are in operating order. Driven less then 3,000 mile a year.
Class 4- A common used car. Easily shows signs of wear even from 20 feet away. But all systems are in working order or need only minor repairs to make them so. A restoration driven over 3,000 miles a year. Could have light body damage, but no replacement of body panels.
Class 5- Needs total restoration. Damaged front fenders, hood or door panels that need to be replaced. Car can be running or not. No rusted out floor pans, rear quarters or roof panels.
Salvage- Usually not running. Rusted out floor pans, roof but not stripped to the point that it is not useful for parts.