Low-mileage 1996 Chevrolet Impala SS

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The Impala SS was a performance version of the Caprice

The Pick of the Day, a 1996 Chevrolet Impala SS, is a rear-wheel-drive family sedan that generates lots of V8 growl while delivering high-quality stereo sound, especially when Steely Dan is on the CD player.  At least, that’s what the seller claims. 

The Impala name has been around (off and on) since 1958 as Chevy’s top full-size sedan, but this Impala is special because it comes from when the performance-minded Super Sport (SS) designation was brought back into production after a more-than 20-year hiatus since last used in 1969. 

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Chevy debuted the seventh-generation Impala at the Detroit Auto Show in 1992 and it went into production in early 1994.  The most magical component of the car was its engine:  A 5.7-liter LT1 V8 derived from the Corvette that delivered 260 horsepower. 

After a production run of about 40,000 units, the last Impala SS was sent off at a ceremony in December 1996, as GM transformed its assembly lines to be more SUV-dedicated. 

This Impala SS, located in Phoenix, is a Dark Cherry Metallic survivor from its last model year, and it has just 25,000 miles on the odometer, according to the private seller advertising the sedan on ClassicCars.com.  The seller reports that it still has new-car smell, even after 23 years. 

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All of its maintenance appears to be in order, with recent attention to the suspension, undercarriage and tires, the ad says.  Those tires are Nitto NT brand, described as being “extra sticky.”  That’s a good thing since this sleeper sedan can pack a punch. 

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As 1990s vehicles – especially those in rare high-performance trim with exceptionally low mileage – climb in value, this SS at $19,900 might be a good buy as one of the last of its kind.

To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.

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Tyson Hugie grew up in a family of gearheads and enjoys anything to do with automotive and motorsports. He is a contributing editor to Redline Reviews, a YouTube channel with coverage from major auto shows. He also writes for Arizona Driver Magazine and holds leadership positions with a number of car clubs. Tyson has lived in Arizona for 10 years and his current obsession is Japanese cars from the early 1990s which, though hard to believe, are now becoming classics. Tyson can usually be found exploring offbeat and obscure road trip destinations on his blog "Drive to Five," which started as a way to share travel stories and experiences with his now-550,000-mile Acura.

2 COMMENTS

  1. Mmmm, love the late ’90s Impala cars. Corvette engine and a sedan. Great combination. I’ve often thought about getting one of these and modding it with a 4l80 or even putting in a T-5 transmission.

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