Today’s Seller Good price or no dice The Impala SS thinks we know everything about the model and therefore does not want to “bore you with the details”. One detail offered is the price, and we’ll have to decide if that’s worth a yawn or a gasp.
When you stop and think about it, there are hard looks, good looks, down looks and, finally, loving looks. There are probably a few more, but you know what I mean. When it came to 1986 Lamborghini Jalpa P350 we found time to ruminate yesterday, it was the overall look of the car that drove the dialogue. Most of you weren’t disappointed with the ’80s styling of the Baby Lambo, preferring the old-school sleekness of the previous Uracco, at least based on your reviews. This community condemnation of Jalpa’s updated looks didn’t bode well for its $116,992 asking price. In the end, it ended up being a 57% loss with no dice. Not very pretty at all.
Just a few weeks ago – you know, in the days before – we took a look at a Chevrolet Trailblazer SS, an SUV model that the Bow Tie Brigade had blown over in an attempt to instill some semblance of bona fide performance in it. In this story, I set out a brief history of the SS badge, noting at the time that the first Chevy model to wear the performance indicator was the Impala in 1961. In the years that followed, the ‘Impala gained considerable girth making any sporting pretensions laughable at best and so the SS badge was retired for the model. With the Impala’s successor Caprice shrinking in size over a few generations, and Chevy finding modicum of success with the police performance package on the model, the Impala name and SS badge were retired from this retirement. , dusted and applied to the Caprice platform for the baddest money B-Body can buy.
This 1996 Chevy Impala SS comes in dark grey-green on a utility gray leather and vinyl interior. The seller notes in the ad that the Impala SS is popular with celebrities, saying our good pal Jay Leno has one, as does former cocaine dealer Tim Allen and rapper/activist Killer Mike. That’s an automobile club right there.
According to the ad, the seller is a longtime General Motors employee, though he doesn’t share exactly what he did there. The seller promises to tell potential buyers the car’s history, enticing the offer by revealing in the ad that the car was originally used by a GM executive and was purchased by the current owner for use by his wife. In what could be considered respectful breeding or damning misogyny, this use, the seller says, means he’s never been “hotrodded, damaged, or abused.”
The seller also says that “If you look at this car, you probably know what it is, so I won’t bore you with those details. You already know what this car is capable of.
This is a pretty big assumption on their part, so let’s go over some facts. With the SS, Chevy sought to give the big B-Body sedan a little punch. This was accomplished by adding a 260 horsepower LT1 V8 that at the time was also found under the hoods of Corvettes and Camaros.
In the Impala it received cast iron heads in place of the sportier cars’ aluminum toppers and a two-bolt bottom end for cost savings. The engine was retuned for the bigger and heavier car, but still managed to move it with some personality. A 3.08 limited-slip rear end helps land the ponies and between each end is a 4L-60E four-speed automatic. It all adds up to zero to sixty times about seven seconds, which was decent for the time and the added fact that it’s still two tons of fun the engine has to drag around. A sturdy suspension that dropped the body about an inch above the handsome five-spoke alloys completed the package.
The current owner has made a few additions to it all along the way. The ad states that the car is equipped with sequential taillights and strobe lights (?) front and rear. Hopefully these can be disabled easily. A new radiator and tires with only around 14,000 miles are some of the mechanical updates shared. Total mileage is 109,000 and the car comes with a clean title and car cover. I bet that’s a pretty big blanket too.
Speaking of big, now is the time for us to figure out if the price of this Impala is too big, too small, or fair. That asking price is $22,500, which is obviously well within the budget of someone like Jay Leno, but what about the rest of us? What do you say, is this SS worth that much money? Or, does that price make this Sport not feel so great?
Atlanta, Georgia, craigslistwhere to go here if the ad disappears.
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