Pick of the Day: ’94 Chevy Impala SS, the return of a performance classic

In the final years of the rear-drive Caprice, GM cut loose with this hot model

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The Impala SS brought style and performance to the Caprice

Chevrolet’s redesign of the 1991 Caprice was controversial, to say the least, with the rounded-off aerodynamic form being compared to a bar of soap and police officers renaming their black-and-white cruisers as orcas.

Not too long after, Chevy designers did a mild facelift, mainly raising the hem of the partially skirted rear wheels to full openings, which gave the big sedan less of a barge-like effect.

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In 1994 came the kicker, creating a new generation of Impala SS from the Caprice, and reprising one of Chevrolet’s most-famous performance brands.  As well as a custom-car appearance – most of them were ordered in sinister monochrome black – and a set of cool alloys, the Impala was powered by the 260-horsepower LT1 V8 as found in the Corvette and Camaro.

The Pick of the Day is a 1994 Chevrolet Impala SS with one-family ownership and very low mileage, and looking pretty much like a new car.

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“With just under 37,000 original miles, this great example is in overall excellent condition,” says the Elkhart, Indiana, dealer advertising the Impala on ClassicCars.com. “This Impala is very original and unmolested and even retains its original tires with the original air inside them, according to the owner.”

The Impala SS was a great product from GM, built from ’94 to ’96 at a time when performance was just once again sneaking out from under the covers.  This heavyweight could get up, too, the LT1 churning 330 pound-feet of torque that would scoot the sedan from zero to 60 in about 7 seconds and turn low-15-second quarter miles.

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The suspension and brake engineers dipped into the supply of cop-car parts to beef up the handling with stiffer springs, heavy-duty anti-sway bars and large disc brakes. No, it won’t impress your Porsche and Ferrari buddies with its handling, but it can be driven hard and turned around corners with something like agility.

The gallery of photos with the Impala show how fresh-looking the car remains after 28 years, without blemishes showing and a gray-leather interior that looks hardly used. The first thing the next owner would need to do before heading out in this black beauty, however, is replace those original tires, which now are dangerously ancient.

It’s rare to find one of these final full-size, rear-drive Impalas in such great survivor condition, so the price seems reasonable at $23,995. 

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

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Bob Golfen is a longtime automotive writer and editor, focusing on new vehicles, collector cars, car culture and the automotive lifestyle. He is the former automotive writer and editor for The Arizona Republic and SPEED.com, the website for the SPEED motorsports channel. He has written free-lance articles for a number of publications, including Autoweek, The New York Times and Barrett-Jackson auction catalogs. A collector car enthusiast with a wide range of knowledge about the old cars that we all love and desire, Bob enjoys tinkering with archaic machinery. His current obsession is a 1962 Porsche 356 Super coupe.

3 COMMENTS

  1. In 1994 when they first came out . That “sinister monochrome black” was the ONLY color you could get. The ’95 & 96 models introduced the Dark Cherry Metallic (aka DCM),and Dark Grey Green Metallic (aka DGGM).

  2. I have owned one of each year produced. I still have the 96. They were all very good cars, the only weakness was the distributor location, in my opinion

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