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My Favorite Cars: 1996 Chevrolet Impala SS.

Yes the 1984-86 Buick Grand National is the first new hot rod I saw growing up and still remains my favorite call of all time but I was 8 years old when it came out. But when Chevrolet reintroduced the Impala Super Sport (SS), in February of 1994 (it went to production on Valentine’s Day, talk about love), I was 18 years old, had my driver’s license, worked part time, had been around my dad and his cars and had a deeper appreciation for cars. I was a high school senior and I still couldn’t afford it but the car meant more, especially when it got “street cred” from rappers like N.W.A.’s MC Ren.

This Impala SS was basically the Caprice (which was Motor Trend’s car of the year in 1991), with the police package suspension (“cop motor, cop suspension, cop shocks…”), and then blacked out grill and side moldings. The engine was known as the “LT1” and was the same engine used in the Corvette at that time also remember this was a rear wheel drive car, the last Chevrolet would make until the current “SS” came out two years ago. Initially the car came only in black with grey leather interior and bucket seats, 17 inch wheels with silver deep dish rims, had a nice dual exhaust and even the rear lights had black trim, the car was menacing.

It had a column shift (“on the tree”), for the automatic transmission (no manual was ever available), it had the same digital dashboard and readout. The 1994 Impala SS is fairly rare (6,000 manufactured), because of a shortage of the rims for it, the 1995 was more plentiful (21,000 manufactured) and had two new colors, dark cherry and dark grey, but Chevrolet made several key changes for the 1996 model which was the last year. I remember being at the Chevrolet Corvette show at McCormick Place in the spring of 2006 and someone had a 1996 Impala SS for sale for $ 13,900 and I was stunned. I was driving a 2002 Chevrolet Malibu LS at the time and considered selling it to get the Impala SS but within two months someone hit me and totaled it and that was that.

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