LIFELONG SOUTHERN CAR, 32K ACTUAL MILES, 5.7L V8, AUTO, ALL-STOCK, LAST YEAR!!!
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1996 Chevrolet Impala SS
The true measure of great cars is their long-term value to collectors. The 1996 Chevrolet Impala SS was special when it was new, but it has only been in the fullness of time that we've learned just how special. As the last rear-wheel-drive, body on frame sedan built by GM, it does hold a place of distinction. But add in a Corvette-sourced LT1 under the hood, an athletic suspension, and that distinctive monochromatic paint job, and you have a slam-dunk of a collector car that STILL sells for sticker price 20 years after it went out of production. Special? You'd better believe it.
It's safe to assume that the guys who bought these cars new realized that they were buying a piece of history. As a result, cars like this black 1996 example are often well-preserved. This one is almost entirely original, with no accidents or panel replacements, and the finish is pretty well preserved with only minor signs of use and age, which is to be expected. Credit the car's condition to clean living with an owner who never used it as a daily driver (which is why it has only 32,021 original miles), and everyone thought these were collectable, even when they were new. There are a few marks on the nose, which often takes a brunt of the abuse, and maybe a scratch here and there, but this is a car that still turns heads today. With no stripes, graphics, or any other graphic add-ons, the car looks big, but its imposing nature definitely makes a statement, and the most radical body mod is the tiny lip spoiler on the trunk. Talk about a Q-ship! Even the blacked-out grille is in great shape, the chin spoiler doesn't show major damage from driveway aprons, and all the Impala emblems are factory original. Give it a good buff and polish and you would really make this one sparkle.
The only interior available with the Impala was gray leather with buckets and a console. This one shows only modest signs of use, certainly in line with the mileage, and the leather remains supple and smooth. The back seat still looks brand new, and if there have been more than a handful of passengers back there over the past 20 years, it would be a surprise. The combination digital and analog gauges are 100% functional, and it even retains the original Delco stereo, although it's been augmented by an aftermarket satellite/Bluetooth unit under the dash. Of course, everything was included with the SS such as A/C, power windows and locks, and cruise control. And as the last of the full-sized sedans, the trunk is positively massive, still carrying its original spare and an unmarked mat.
Power comes from GM's indestructible 5.7 liter LT1 V8, which makes 260 horsepower in the Impala. Mated to a 4-speed automatic, it's the same powertrain that struck fear into the hearts of motorists living inside black and white police cruisers. Properly maintained from new, the engine bay looks tidy and drives like it should. And unlike many Impalas, this one has not been modified in any way, right down to the exhaust system and those gorgeous 17-inch aluminum wheels. 4-wheel discs were included, as well as a heavy-duty suspension, giving the Impala moves that belie its size and comfort, and with new shocks, it rides like it should. The wheels are showing some discoloration in the clearcoat, which is common on these, but the fix is relatively inexpensive. Four 255/50/17 performance radials have been fitted, making this car ready to rock immediately.
The Impala SS is a rare machine, not just in terms of production, but in that it is a car that instantly created and ended a niche market, defined an entire market segment, and ended an era. That alone ensures collectability, but the fact that it is also a party to drive makes this one to own for yourself. Call today!