1996 Chevrolet Impala SS Has Us Missing the ’90s

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Sleek styling, a big V8, and rear-wheel drive make the 1994-1996 Chevrolet Impala SS a modern classic.

Let’s face it. Every decade has its share of less-than-awesome vehicles. The 1990s are no exception and were littered with bland small cars and hatchbacks. But a lot of cool cars came out in the ’90s, too. The Chevrolet Impala SS was one of them.

Although it certainly wasn’t the only car that GM built on the B platform, it definitely was the most attractive one. Just take a look at this 1996 model that GatewayClassicCars is featuring in its latest video. It doesn’t need a lot of chrome or a bulging hood or flashy wheels to get attention. It’s dark, wears minimal brightwork and tonal “Impala SS” badges, and rides low on understated five-spoke wheels wrapped in Nitto NT555 tires, according to Gateway. Even though it’s a 23-year-old car, it’s immediately recognizable. There’s no mistaking this bruiser of a cruiser for anything else.

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Under the hood, there’s an honest-to-goodness V8. No EcoTec 4-banger or V6. Just 5.7 liters of naturally aspirated LT1 goodness that produces 260 horsepower and 330 lb-ft of torque, which is routed through a 4-speed automatic and the rear wheels.

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The interior isn’t the most exciting color, but it appears to be in great shape and has cushy seating for both rows of passengers. Just below the analog tachometer and speedometer, the odometer shows this Clinton-era legend has only covered 93,562 miles, which is a little more than 4,000 miles a year.

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There have been other Impalas since the mid-1990s version of it, but none of them have Corvette power or the badass edge that this model has. It was a turning point for the legendary nameplate, which has never been the same. The good news is that not all of these SS models have been hermetically sealed in garages or wrecked. In addition to this 1996 model, which is going for $15,995, Gateway has six other Impala SSs for sale around the country.

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Derek Shiekhi contributes to a variety of Internet Brands’ Auto sites, including J-K Forum , Jaguar Forums, and 5 Series. He's also a member of the Texas Auto Writers Association.

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