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Pick of the Day: 1996 Chevrolet Impala SS, one-owner sedan with 26,120 miles

Chevy turned a cop car into a hot performance car


Debuting in 1994, the Chevrolet Impala SS was a cop car turned into a muscle car. To differentiate it from the Chevy Caprice on which it was based, the Impala SS featured an upgraded sport-tuned suspension, 4-wheel disc brakes, dual exhaust and a transmission cooler.

The Impala SS was powered by an LT1 350ci small-block V8 engine that produced a factory-rated 260 horsepower and 330 pound-feet of torque.

The 1994 Corvette and Camaro SS were powered by LT1 engines with aluminum heads, but the Impala’s featured cast-iron heads and a different camshaft designed for more lower-end torque. A 4L60E 4-speed automatic transmission sent power to the rear wheels with a 3.08 gear ratio.

1996 Chevrolet Impala SS finished in Deep Cherry Metallic
Low-mileage Impala SS finished in Deep Cherry Metallic

The Pick of the Day is a low-mileage 1996 Chevrolet Impala SS finished in Deep Cherry Metallic over a gray interior with front leather bucket seats and an AM/FM stereo with a CD player.

“Original owner Southern California since purchased on 12.07.1995 from Courtesy Chevrolet in Thousand Oaks, California,” according to the Ojai, California, dealer advertising the Impala SS on “Original verified 26,120 miles on the car since new.”

In 1996 Chevy sold 41,941 Impalas, with 19,085 finished in black, 12,180 in Deep Cherry Metallic and 10,676 in dark green. The Impala tipped the scales at 4,036 pounds and would go from 0-60 mph in 7.5 seconds, with a 15.0 second quarter mile jaunt at 94 mph.

This example is largely original, aside from the aftermarket Hooker headers, and has been driven an average of 1,004 miles a year. It’s California emissions approved with California state AIR board documentation, and the current smog certificate is included if the car is titled in California after the sale.

The asking price for this 1996 Chevrolet Impala SS is $32,500, which includes the original dealership invoice, General Motors window sticker, owner’s manual, original spare tire with cover, and original keys with remote key fob.

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David P. Castro
David P. Castro
The Santa Rosa, California native is an experienced automotive and motorsports writer with a passion for American muscle cars. He is a credentialed automotive, NASCAR, and IndyCar reporter that graduated from the University of Nevada. A devoted F1 and NASCAR fan, he currently resides in Phoenix, Arizona with his wife, son, Siberian Husky, Mini Cooper, and 1977 Chevrolet C10.


  1. Hey I’m very interested in the Beautiful 1996; Chevy impala but I have a couple questions please?!!
    Please send me all pics of the car and I want to see the engine compartment too?!
    Thank you?!🙏🏾😷

  2. maybe I am biased but for 32,500 I can get a 90k Chevy SS 2014 or 15 with an LS3 that can go 0-60 in 4.6 seconds and has over 400hp and an infotainment system I am not saying that the Impala SS isn’t a good car it’s just not worth 32k even with only 26k on the meter and parts are harder to get for pre-2000 Chevy’s. which is why I sold my 1989 Caprice Brougham LS for 9500 and used the funds towards a 2016 Chevy SS with 11k on the meter for 38k in aug of 2020


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