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Autotrader Find: 1996 Chevy Impala SS With 945 Miles

Ahh, the 1990s Chevy Impala: born from an era when General Motors thought a performance sedan had to be the same size as a minor league baseball stadium.

I kid, I kid. Although the 1994-96 Impala is a bit on the large side, in the sense that the sun is a bit on the bright side, I’ve always loved the thing. It’s handsome. It’s cool. It’s powerful. And it somehow managed to transform a fairly docile fleet-spec full-size sedan into the kind of car that looked so menacing in a rearview mirror that it could even prompt someone from Maryland to move out of the passing lane. See the 1996 Chevrolet Impala models for sale near you

If you share my love of the mid-90s Impala, then I have good news: I found one listed on Autotrader for $30,000.


Ahh, but here’s the thing: This isn’t just any mid-90s Impala SS. This is a ’96 Impala SS with 945 original miles.

Yes, that’s right: This is a time capsule 1996 Impala SS, finished in Dark Cherry Metallic, that’s covered only 945 total miles since it was originally manufactured two decades ago. It’s located at Country Chevrolet in Herscher, Illinois, and it looks absolutely pristine. The seats look like they haven’t yet been sat in; the carpeting looks like it hasn’t yet been touched; the climate control knobs look like they haven’t yet fallen off.

And if you still think the price is too high, consider this: The car is being sold with its original window sticker, which showed a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $25,640 with shipping — a figure that translates to roughly $39,500 in today’s money. In other words, if you wanted an Impala SS back then, but you didn’t get one, this one is actually a better deal (If you were on the fence about this car, you’re welcome for that justification).

Of course, this Impala SS also comes with all the other stuff that made these big sedans cool, like lowered suspension, a limited-slip differential, a Corvette-derived LT1 V8, unique alloy wheels and Z-rated tires. And since this one hails from the Impala SS’s final model year, 1996, it also includes a desirable floor shifter and a tachometer.

We hope whoever buys this car will enjoy its factory-fresh performance. Just, uhh, be careful when you’re parallel parking. Find a 1996 Chevrolet Impala for sale


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Doug Demuro
Doug DeMuro writes articles and makes videos, mainly about cars. Doug was born in Denver, Colorado, and received an economics degree from Emory University in Atlanta. After graduation, Doug spent three years working for Porsche Cars North America. Eventually, he quit his job to become a writer, largely because it meant that he no longer had to wear pants. Doug’s work has been featured in a... Read More about Doug Demuro

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  1. We had a black ’96 for over a decade. I used to set an orange coffee mug on the dash, pop on my Ray Ban aviators and hammer down, folks in Maryland definitely moved over.  One night, I pulled over my brother in law, then zoomed past laughing.  It was definitely a fun car, but would get spanked now by my 300 HP MKZ or a kid in a hot Civic. 

  2. I love these so much. I’ve wanted one in dark green or black for years now. Hell, I would even take the Roadmaster of the same era, so long as it’s the wagon.

  3. after a lifetime of lusting, I picked mine up 2 weeks ago.. Dark Cherry Metalic, 96SS. 60k orig miles, lifelong aspiration fulfilled. Sure is a big car, but it does fit in my garage (my F150 did not). Thanks for the write up on this often overlooked boat!! 

  4. “…the kind of car that looked so menacing in a rearview mirror that it could even prompt someone from Maryland to move out of the passing lane.”  


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