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Old 11-05-2011, 12:09 AM   #1 (permalink)
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1962 SS impala ? is it SS or not

My husband has just sold his 1962 SS impala to a friend of his and come to find out the new owner is stating that is not an SS. Surprised the crap out of us because we always thought it was and also bought it from a family friend how also stated it was. Also, at the time we bought it my husbands friend did all the research told us it was an SS. So never dawned on us that it may not be. Well, after doing some research we are starting to feel that we are correct with thinking it is an SS and that the new owner may have been mislead.

This is what we have so far. The vin# 21847J140096, which I know won't tell us if it is not SS only 64 and up states SS. (this is one reason that made the new owner suspect it wasn't an SS, he read the manual wrong)
The trim number is 875. When looking in the book it shows 875* which the * states that it is bucket seat option . I know that all SS came with bucket seats. So for me this is substantial info to prove that it is an SS. Well, after explaining this to the new owner, he states that the asterics means it was an option so the trim could be 875 with bench seats and that the seats were switched out with buckets. Is this a possibility?

The deal breaker here is the that the car has a steering column shifter not a floor shifter, hope I am using the right wording. My husband called it an automatic on the steering column. The new owner states that all SS only have floor shifters where my husband states that that is true in 63 and above that in 62 was the transition year so some models have them on the floor and some on the steering column. It is also a power glide, if that helps. The new owner also states that he took it to a chevy shop and all the men there said they have never seen an SS impala with a steering column shifter.

I have searched high and low for 5 hours on the web trying to find info on the 62 shifters and cannot find anything and this is how I have landed here to see if you experts can help with this mystery on the shifters. I've seen pics of 62 SS impala's with the steering column shifters but the new owner wants hard proof not just pics. Going crazy, dying to get to the bottom of this.


The car is already sold, so it really isn't our problem but it's our integrity on the line since we sold it thinking it was an SS. My husbands lost sleep over this. Any information help.

Thanks so much!!!!

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Old 11-06-2011, 09:29 PM   #2 (permalink)
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1962 Chevrolet VIN Decoding


First Symbol - Year
2 = 1962
Second & Third Symbol - Series
01 = Chevy II (4-cyl) 14 = Impala SS (V-8)
02 = Chevy II 15 = Bel Air 1500 Series (6-cyl)
04 = Chevy II Nova 16 = Bel Air 1600 Series (V-8)
05 = Corvair 500 Series (6-cyl) 17 = Impala 1700 Series (6-cyl)
06 = Corvair 600 Monza Spyder (6-cyl) 18 = Impala 1800 Series (V-8)
07 = Corvair Deluxe 700 Series (6-cyl) 53 = Chevelle & Std. El Camino (6-cyl)
08 = Corvette 54 = Chevelle & Std. El Camino (V-8)
09 = Corvair Monza/Spyder 900 Series (6-cyl) 55 = Chevelle Malibu & Custom El Camino (6-cyl)
11 = Biscayne 1100 Series (6-cyl) 56 = Chevelle Malibu & Custom El Camino (V-8)
12 = Biscayne 1200 Series (V-8) 57 = Chevelle Malibu SS (6-cyl)
13 = Impala SS (6-cyl)
Fourth & Fifth Symbol - Body Style
11 = 2dr Sedan 41 = 2dr Sedan
15 = 2 dr Station Wagon (6P) 45 = 4dr Station Wagon (9P)
19 = 4dr Sedan 47 = 2dr Sport Coupe
27 = 2dr Sedan 49 = 4dr Sedan
35 = 4dr Station Wagon (6P) 67 = 2dr Convertible
37 = 2dr Hardtop or Sport Coupe 69 = 4dr Sedan
39 = 4dr Hardtop or Sport Sedan 70 = Sedan Delivery
Sixth Symbol - Assembly Plant
(A) Atlanta, Georgia (L) Los Angeles, California
(B) Baltimore, Maryland (N) Norwood, Ohio
(F) Flint, Michigan (O) Oakland, California
(G) Framingham, Massachusetts (S) St. Louis, Missouri
(J) Janesville, Wisconsin (T) Tarrytown, New York
(K) Kansas City, Missouri (W) Willow Run, Michigan
Last Six Symbols - Production Sequence
Started at 100001
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Looks like it is a 2dr Impala sport coupe (21847j) built in Janesville Wis. An SS would be 213 /214.

http://www.oldride.com/library/1962_...et_impala.html

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wit that decode....all signs point to it bein a SS

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King, the second two numbers gotta be 13 or 14. But they're 18. Stating impala 1800 series. Sorry amtd, I was rooting for you

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my mistake....i thought cause it a v8....that makes it an SS......my mistake

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It's cool man, I figured u misunderstood, so I was tryin to clear it up

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