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1963 Chevrolet Impala SS - In the Shadows

After a three-year hiatus, it was time to step out of the shadows and directly into the spotlight

Not a flashy guy, Willie Vaughn came from humble beginnings. He was raised in a low-income area but the casual sightings of lowriders caught his eye. For him, lowriders represented a sense of pride and with each sighting he couldn't help but get intrigued by the automotive culture. With each car he found a sense of individuality and a form of expression that he could identify with and he vowed that one day he would own one.

At 17 years of age, Willie purchased his entry ticket into the world of lowriding. That ticket came by way of a '70s Malibu. While not the prettiest of vehicles, he made due with what he had and over the next decade Willie went through a number of custom lowriders, including a 1963 Impala. With each build they only got better and better, but that all came to a halt when he sold his last build, a Chevy Caprice. The hiatus from building vehicles came when his focus and attention went strictly to his family, but after three years had gone by the itch returned with a vengeance so he put the word out that he was looking for an Impala and within a week he acquired one that had been located on a farm. The price was right and Willie grabbed the new 1963 Chevy Impala SS to start all over.

The condition wasn't that bad to begin with but stock didn't fit into Willie's plans. He drove the Chevy up until winter and while most tuck their cars away, Willie did the opposite and began reconstructing his ride. The first step was a color change. Along with his friend, they doused the car with a special gray that he had seen on a Corvette while attending a car show. Once the body and paint was completed, Willie did something he had never done before—he fit the car with an air-ride system.

The original owner had the motor rebuilt but since it was sitting for years, Bobby from MBS Automotive of Racine, Wisconsin, handled the dress-up and dialed it all in to make sure it would handle the streets properly and with power. The interior was brought back to life by Roy Escamilla using a Ciadella's kit and restored to new with new panels for the air tanks in the trunk.

The completion of Willie's Chevy couldn't have come at a better time. It was right in time for the summer show season. He wishes to thank everyone who helped him throughout the build process—most importantly to his loving wife, Melinda, and their two children, Hailey and Damian. After leaving the scene for three years, he just couldn't find the feeling to get back in the lowrider game and in doing so he came back with a 1963 that has stepped of the shadows and into the spotlight.

1963 Chevrolet Impala SS

Vehicle Nickname
In the Shadows

Willie Vaughn

Racine, WI

Club Affiliation
No Affiliation

Chevy 350 with TH350 transmission, Edelbrock Endurashine intake and carburetor, Billet Specialties valve covers and air cleaner done by MBS Automotive

PPG Cyber Gray Metallic paint, original trim polished and chromed done by Jeremy Kilmowicz

CCE air-ride kit, Slam Specialties airbags, two ViAir 480 air compressors, two 5-gallon tanks, 1/2-inch air valves, and lines done by Damage Hydraulics in Chicago

Ciadella's Original Black Interior kit done by Roy Escamilla, Dakota Digital gauges, trunk interior panels covered in vinyl and carpet done by Victor Arellano

Sound System
Custom Autosound radio, JL Audio front speakers in custom fiberglass kick panels, JL Audio 6x9s in rear deck

13x7 72-spoke Superior Wire Wheels, Premium Sportway 5.20s



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1963 chevrolet impala - ss

Vehicle Description

With approximately 10 miles since a thorough mechanical overhaul, here is a 1963 Impala SS 409 4-speed that looks, runs, and sounds like a legend. Starting with a clean car that now shows 53823 actual miles, here’s what’s new. The ‘64 409 X-block engine is completely overhauled and balanced. The correct ‘63 Borg-Warner 4-speed manual transmission was just rebuilt. The car has an all-new interior, all-new front suspension, new shocks and springs, all-new wiring harnesses, new gas tank, new 4-core radiator and a complete new exhaust system including the correct 409/425 exhaust manifolds. That precious engine block was bored .030 over, and fitted with Ross 11:1 forged pistons and billet steel rods, then balanced. An Isky cam with solid lifters and new pushrods activate new rocker arms and stainless valves. On top, the correct twin 4-barrels and distributor get everything moving. The driveshaft is balanced and new u-joints are installed to transfer all 425 horsepower smoothly. The wheels are correct. 409 fans know that the same 14×6 wheels used on station wagons do the job here. Their offset provides the right clearance for the big 409 and the accompanying hardware. SS wheels covers and Goodrich Silvertown whitewalls complete the classic look. Indeed the white exterior is reminiscent of the Super Stock machines of Dyno Don Nicholson, Dave Strickler and others that made the 4-speed, dual quad 409 the stuff of legend and subject of the hit Beach Boys tune. A blue interior with amazingly comfy bucket seats features a full length center console and a functioning factory tach. Better to shift with, my dear. A Hurst shifter complete with the famous white ball is at your beck and call. The whole car is neat and clean, and you’ll appreciate all the new hardware and details such as the correct hose clamps. A chrome dual snorkel air cleaner and chrome valve covers light up the engine room. The alternator even has the correct large pulley for high rpm action, and it’s firmly anchored in place with the proper hardware. The undercarriage is a real standout on this one and the trunk is the kind that’ll have you leaving the lid open at shows. And then there’s the drive. You’ll know why “she always turned in the fastest time.” The miles on the build are test only, but they verify that everything is in order. The doors and hood open and close straight and smooth. Chevrolet history is sprinkled with legendary cars and engines. A 409 powered Impala SS 4-speed has to rank near the top. This fine 1963 Chevrolet Impala 409/425 horsepower SS 2-door Hardtop is fresh and ready to go.

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After the 1963 racing season, Johnson’s `63 Impala SS was disqualified from NASCAR and simply disappeared into obscurity. The Impala SS Mystery Motor was eventually uncovered in a barn and found to be in impeccable condition for its age. Instead of restoring it into pristine condition, its owner wisely chose to keep it in its as-raced condition, something that few think to do.

This 1963 Impala is draped in a coat of all-white paint with all of its original decals, including Johnson’s main sponsors Holly Farms Poultry and Chevrolet, though they pulled funding prior to the `63 season. As we said, this is not a pristine vehicle, as it is listed in “as-raced” condition, which means it also comes with all of the bumps, bruises, and imperfections that are gained during a racing season.

The great thing about NASCAR in the early years was the fact that the cars truly were stock cars. They are not like modern day stock cars where a metal body is crafted to somewhat resemble its factory counterpart. This is the real deal that actually rolled off of Chevy’s production line. It features the Impala’s signature grille and hood emblem, as well as the front bumper.

On the grille, you can actually see where the quad headlights originally were, but were removed and metal inserts put in their place, per NASCAR regulations. The front turn signals and factory chrome front bumper still remain on the car.

The backside of the Impala received the same NASCAR treatment as the front, with the Impala’s signature six taillights removed and covered with metal. Besides the deleted taillights, the chrome rear bumper and Impala emblem still remain intact.

From the looks of things, the body is relatively straight for being an ex-racecar and there is no visible rust. This is the type of car that you buy and store without doing anything else to it. Restoring it would likely lower its worth,so our hats go off to the owners for not doing so.


The inside of this Impala is very much a racecar from the `60s. You get a single bucket seat from the factory, not a racing seat. You get the standard massive all-black steering wheel and a series of racing gauges, including: tachometer, water temperature, oil pressure, oil temperature, amps, and fuel pressure.

Keeping things safe in a rollover crash is a multi-point roll cage. The rest of the interior is lined in what appears to be stainless steel, with the exception of the factory dashboard. However, where the gauges, climate control, and other dashboard-mounted controls would be are sheets of stainless steel.

Just like the exterior, the interior is 100 percent un-restored and in its original racing condition.

Engine and Drivetrain

Owning any car driven by the legendary Junior Johnson is awesome, but the rest all pale in comparison to this Impala SS. And the reason they do not compare is because of what is under that hood, the “Mystery Motor.” As we stated the Mystery Motor isn’t so much a mystery, as we know it is a limited production Mk II 427 cubic-inch V-8.

This truly is a `tweener engine, as it features the same bore spacing – the distance between the centermost point of on cylinder to the next – as the Mk I 348/409, but has the same 4.31-inch bore and 3.65-inch stroke as the Z11 427 cubic-inch engine found in production 1963 Impalas. On top of all of that, the Mystery Motor features the same two-plane cylinder heads found on the “Porcupine” engines, the Mk IV engine. It really appears as if the MkII was Chevy’s own guinea pig engine.

All of this and a little bit of tuning pumped the 427 cubic-inch V-8 engine to a massive 600 to 650 horsepower, a full 173 to 223 horsepower more than the 427 was rated. This is what many people attributed Johnson’s 1963 success to, but they later found that his was a pretty good driver too. Back in `63 many racers often assumed Junior Johnson would either take 1st place or retire before the end, due to engine failure, as there were very few cars, if any, that could hang with the Impala’s 165 mph top speed.

The engine is about as original as possible, even the shiny valve cover paint is in its original racing condition. There are only two components that were replaced in this engine’s life; those are the alternator due to failure and the carburetor due to theft.

Backing up the Mystery Motor is a four-speed manual transmission. There is little mention of what transmission it is, but we venture to say it is the same transmission that came with the 1963 Impala SS.

Overall, the engine is a thing of beauty. The most impressive feat is 600 to 650 horsepower in a 1963 V-8 without modern day modifications. That is simply amazing and a tribute to what NASCAR once was.

Suspension and Braking

Unfortunately, there is no information given on the suspension and braking systems, but we would assume it to have the standard Impala SS suspension and brakes with some slight modifications.


This car is classified as a “Private Collection” in RK Motors Charlotte’s inventory system, so they do not list a price for it. A high end Impala SS with the 409 and a four-speed fetches about $62,725, but with the rarity and story behind this car, you can expect at least three times that value. We would venture to say that RK Motors Charlotte would part ways with this Impala for roughly $200,000.


This car was driven by a Hall of Fame NASCAR driver and one of its all-time legends, and it features the storied Mystery Motor. There is no such car that could compete with this one-of-a-kind car.


We absolutely love classic racecars and classic NASCAR stockcars really hold a special spot in our hearts. This was a time when NASCAR was a natural sport without its corporate mumbo jumbo, restrictor plates, and level playing field. It was a sport of who can build the biggest and baddest car within our limitations. This made it a sport of both science and skill, making it extremely intriguing.

This is a legend of that era, despite running only one season, and it is in its original racing condition. What is there not to like about it? Oh yeah, the undisclosed pricing. We assume that RK Motors is leaving off the pricing to see what exactly people are willing to give for it.

If you have an extra $200K lying around, we suggest offering it to the folks over at RK Motors. We bet they will hand over the keys and title to this legendary machine.

  • Love it

    • Un-restored, as-raced condition
    • Top performer of its era
    • Legendary engine and driver
  • Leave it

    • Not 100 percent original (carburetor and alternator)
    • Lacking a price tag is not a good thing
    • No description of its mechanical health
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1963 Chevrolet Impala SS 409 4 speed For Sale

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Ss 1963 impala

1963 Chevrolet Impala SS


  • Frame-off restoration
  • 409/340 HP V-8 engine
  • Chrome valve covers and air cleaner
  • Well-detailed engine compartment and undercarriage
  • 4-speed manual transmission
  • Power steering
  • Red exterior and interior
  • Bucket seats with console
  • Tachometer
  • AM radio
  • 120 MPH speedometer
  • 409 fender badges
  • Chrome bumpers
  • SS center wheel caps
  • BF Goodrich Whitewall tires
  • Original sales invoice
  • Broadcast sheet
  • Owners guide
  • Owner protection plan booklet
  • Frame-off restoration
  • 409/340 HP V-8 engine
  • Chrome valve covers and air cleaner
  • Well-detailed engine compartment and undercarriage
  • 4-speed manual transmission
  • Power steering
  • Red exterior and interior
  • Bucket seats with console
  • Tachometer
  • AM radio
  • 120 MPH speedometer
  • 409 fender badges
  • Chrome bumpers
  • SS center wheel caps
  • BF Goodrich Whitewall tires
  • Original sales invoice
  • Broadcast sheet
  • Owners guide
  • Owner protection plan booklet

Chevrolet created a sales winner in the Super Sport concept it introduced in late 1960 to boost the image of its 1961 Impala. The Super Sport option package, which was documented in a February 1961 amendment to the passenger car engineering specs first published in October 1960, was a combination of exterior and interior trim items, as well as an array of performance options. Exclusive SS trunk lid and rear quarter badges, full-size spinner wheel covers on black painted steel wheels and special heavy-duty tires distinguished the Super Sport’s exterior, while interiors featured a Sun tachometer, special SS-badged passenger hand grip and a chromed console plate on 4-speed models.

The full-size Chevrolets were completely restyled for 1963, highlighted by well defined horizontal body-side character lines that accentuated the new car’s length and styling details that continued the Chevrolet Division’s tradition of hewing ever closer to the contemporary Cadillac. While Super Sport buyers had a wider choice of engines than before, it was still the mighty 409 big-block V-8 that stirred their imaginations, helped along by its emergence as a pop culture phenomenon. Immortalized in song, the 409 had reached its peak and would soon disappear from the engine lineup, but not before helping to drive Impala SS sales to more than 185,000 cars for 1963.

This frame-off restored 1963 Chevrolet Impala two-door hardtop is an immaculate example of the final-year 409 Super Sport, its well-detailed engine compartment featuring a 409/340 HP big-block V-8 fitted with a Carter 4-barrel on a cast iron intake, chrome valve covers and a chrome air cleaner, and driving a 4-speed manual transmission. Finished in dark red and sporting the famed crossed-flag 409 SS fender badges, it features narrow whitewall BF Goodrich tires capped with full-size wheel covers with SS center caps, and power steering aids in maneuvering the Impala down the road. The complementary red interior combines the Super Sport’s “button and biscuit” upholstery motif with bucket seats and console, a 120 MPH speedometer and tachometer, tinted glass, and an AM radio. Documentation for this superb 1963 Impala SS includes the original sales invoice, broadcast sheet, owner’s guide and Owner Protection Plan booklet.

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Information found on the website is presented as advance information for the auction lot. Photos, materials for videos, descriptions and other information are provided by the consignor/seller and is deemed reliable, but Mecum Auction does not verify, warrant or guarantee this information. The lot and information presented at auction on the auction block supersedes any previous descriptions or information. Mecum is not responsible for information that may be changed or updated prior to the auction. The decision to purchase should be based solely on the buyers personal inspection of the lot at the auction site prior to the auction.

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1963 Impala SS

Unrestored 1963 Chevrolet Impala SS Flexes Original 409 Still Running Strong

The Z03 SS option remained the crème de la crème for Impala fans, this time being offered on the two-door sports coupe and convertible but available with pretty much any engine in the lineup. That is why today, you may come across a 1963 Impala SS powered by a six-cylinder engine but also a model fitted with a big block under the hood.

The 409 (6.7-liter) V8 was offered in three different versions, namely L33 with 340 horsepower at 5,000 rpm, L31 with 400 horsepower at 5,800 rpm, and L80 with 425 horsepower at 6,000 rpm.

The Impalathat we have here is fitted with the L33, with eBay seller 1_wild_66explaining the car is still very original and the big block under the hood runs strong.

As you can easily figure out by simply browsing the photos in the gallery, this ’63 Impala is currently waiting for a restoration. However, if you manage to fix an alleged growling noise in the transmission, you could very well keep driving it as it is. A thorough inspection is recommended before putting the car back on the road, the seller says, so I assume this Impala has been sitting for a while.

Boasting the typical SS tags, this Impala comes with the usual amount of rust that you expect to find on such a gem, so the floors would also require some patching. But again, more information about what needs to be fixed can be obtained by checking it out live.

The matching numbers Impala was listed online last week, and the auction is set to come to an end in nearly four days, so it’ll certainly be interested to see how expensive it gets. The top bid at the time of writing is $15,500.
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