It's also an extremely rare find.
The American car market is changing. Crossovers and SUVs dominate. Pickup trucks remain as popular as ever. Sports cars remain niche models, more or less, while traditional sedans are in a bit of a slump. Some automakers still believe in sedans and will continue building them, such as Nissan and Toyota. Ford, however, is done with them. What about Chevrolet? For now, the Chevy Malibu is still around but the Chevy Impala will soon cease to exist. There was a time when the Impala was a vital part of the brand's lineup, though those days are in the past. It's a shame because one of the coolest cars Chevy built during the 1990s was the V8-powered Impala.
Redesigned for 1991, the seventh-generation Impala was built on an updated version of GM's B platform, which dated back several years. This front-engined, rear-wheel-drive layout is today reserved mostly for high-end sports cars and some supercars, but it was a common design for decades.
The seventh-gen Chevy Impala SS entered production in early 1994 and it was instantly recognized by horsepower enthusiasts as something special. Power came from a Chevy Corvette-derived 5.7-liter LT1 V8 totaling 260 horsepower and 330 lb-ft of torque. Yes, modern turbo fours are more powerful than this, but let's keep things in perspective; a 260-hp sedan in the mid-90s was quite something. In fact, the LT1 in the Impala SS was nearly identical to the one powering the Corvette and Camaro. The main difference was the Impala's engine came fitted with cast-iron cylinder heads and not aluminum ones. The camshaft was also designed for more low-end torque as opposed to high-end horsepower. The Impala SS came with only one transmission: a four-speed automatic.
In reality, the Impala SS was a high-performance version of Chevy Caprice, a big sedan that was also a favorite cop car. Chevy even gave the Impala SS the police package, which included a sport-tuned suspension with reinforced shocks and springs, four-wheel disc brakes, dual exhaust, and a higher output electrical system, among other things. Even with the suspension upgrades, the Impala SS was no canyon carver. It weighs a hefty 4,000 pounds.
Chevy reportedly built nearly 70,000 examples through 1996. Unfortunately, not that many are still around today and those that are not always in the best condition. This one is a very rare exception.
Up for sale on Craigslist in the Los Angeles area is this 1995 Chevy Impala SS. Not only does it appear to be in excellent overall condition, but it's also had only one owner and been garage kept. It has zero modifications with all original equipment, including the BFGoodrich Z rated tires. No mileage figure is provided.
The sale includes some maintenance records, the original window sticker, owner's manual, and other dealership related materials. The price? Yours for $27,500. At first, this may seem a bit pricey, especially since a brand new Chevy Impala begins at about $33,000, though that new Impala definitely doesn't have a V8. Could this become a collector's car? Something tells us it already has.