1961 Chevrolet Impala SS: Remembering the Icon That Launched the Muscle Car Era  

Before Mustangs and Camaros ruled the streets, the 1961 Chevrolet Impala SS kicked off the muscle car revolution. 

Though the phrase would not arise for several years, the Impala SS provided a taste of what was to come.  

This inexpensive performance package, which included monster V8s such as the famed 409 cubic inch "Turbo-Fire,"

provided exciting acceleration and a striking presence.  

More than just a powerful engine, the SS package frequently included firmer suspension, an aggressive hood,  

and distinctive badging, cementing its status as a muscle leader.  

The 1961 Impala SS was more than just a car; it represented a new era in automobile performance.