Today’s Autotrader find is a 1996 Chevrolet Impala SS. The Impala has a storied history. Chevrolet’s longest-running full-size sedan nameplate, the rear-wheel drive Impala was introduced way back in 1958 and offered on and off all the way through 1996, after which point it was re-born on a front-wheel drive platform for the 2000 model year and sold through 2020. During the Impala’s rear-wheel drive years, the Chevrolet Caprice name was used on range-topping versions of the Impala. Later on in production, the Caprice name took over, but for the 1994 through 1996 model years, the Impala was revived in SS form only as a high-performance version of the Caprice.
Under the hood was a modified version of GM’s 5.7-liter LT1 V8. Output was rated at 260 horsepower and 330 lb-ft of torque. This was paired exclusively with a 4-speed automatic that would prove ill-equipped to handle the power of the LT1 and thus was prone to failure after 100,000 miles. 0-60 came in about 7.0 seconds, while the quarter-mile was said to take 15.4 seconds. Beyond this powertrain, the Impala SS was differentiated from the more plebeian Caprice by a darkened, monochrome exterior and unique 5-spoke wheels.
This particular 1996 Chevrolet Impala SS is located at a Chevrolet dealer in Sandy, Oregon. It comes with a ridiculously low 1,465 miles on the odometer, which works out to just under 60 miles added per year since it was new. The listing gives very few details on how it’s been maintained over the years, and since vehicles that have sat parked for years on end tend to need a major overhauling to make them roadworthy, we’d want to be sure this 96 Impala SS is in good running order before forking over anywhere near the dealership’s $34,995 asking price. Still, it’s an extremely well-preserved example of a unique car from a bygone era. Find a Chevrolet Impala for sale