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How can I verify that a 63 Impala VIN is an SS?
I'm a newbie and I inherited a 1963 Impala from my Dad and had been told it was an SS. When verifying the VIN on this site I'm starting to question that. The VIN is 31847S217405 so the 18 is the one in question. This site lists it as the "1800 series v-8" but 14 is specified as SS so that would make me think this car is not an SS. Alternatively, I tried to decode the VIN using and here it shows the 14 as 1964 only and has another SS for 13 but also for 1964 only. Any help would be appreciated.
posted: December 14, 2009
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Chevrolet only designated the engine size (V8 or 6cyl) in the VIN # for 1963. You are correct that in 1964 it was designated by a 14.
posted:  December 14, 2009
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Thanks so much for the info. So is there any way to determine if it is an SS or does the fact that it is the V-8 determine that it is an SS? I do know that it has as far as I can determine the original motor in it and matching those numbers from this site it has the "RB" which is the 360+ HP engine. I don't know if that has any significance or not as far as the SS designation?
posted:  December 14, 2009
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I believe in '63 you could order an SS Impala with ANY motor. From the 425 hp 409 to the 230-6 cylinder! SS was a trim option back then. Buckets, console, floor shift. Either 4 speed or powerglide. According to your number, you have a 250 HP 327 with a Powerglide. 4 bbl Carb. The SS Impalas also had engine-turned brightwork on the dash and on the side trim of the car. Good Luck! Mark
posted:  December 31, 2009
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