1994-1996 Chevrolet Impala

Scrapbook


So Much For Arriving Unnoticed.

The 1994-1996 Chevrolet Impala SS is a fun car that has generated quite a bit of excitement. A family sedan on the outside; the Corvette LT1 engine on the inside. The Impala SS features attractive, almost mysterious, styling that includes clearcoat paint over a dark finish, barely visible Impala SS emblems on the sides, and 17" alloy wheels. To tame the beast, Chevy added four-wheel ABS-equipped disc brakes, special suspension, and Z-rated rubber.

You won't see an Impala SS on the road every day (unless you own one). Chevy ceased production of the Impala SS on December 13, 1996. There were not that many cars produced during its three year run. If you drive an Impala, expect to be asked about it frequently.

There's nothing more disappointing than a car that looks faster than it performs. There is a quiet pleasure in owning a car, like the Impala SS, that is faster than it looks. A stock Impala will get you from 0-60 in just over 7 seconds, do the standing quarter mile in just over 15 seconds, and reach a top speed of over 140 mph. Not bad for a two ton family sedan.

The Impala has inspired an owner's club (the devilishly named NAISSO), many web sites, an aftermarket, and lots of enthusiastic writing in the automotive press. Here's a scrapbook of leading articles about the 1994-96 Chevrolet Impala SS (and even a few about the great Impala SS of the 1960s). There are now over 85 articles available on this page (24 new ones were added on October 1, 1997). If you have any articles about the 1994-1996 Impala SS that are not on this page, please send me an email.

Thanks
Peter MacHare
NAISSO Member No. 1053
This page first appeared on the Internet in August 1996.


ORIGINAL IMPALA SS

Chevrolet Impala SS 1961-1969 by C. Van Tune (Motor Trend 10/93)

60s Impala SS with 409 V-8 a mythic performer 'She's real fine, my 409,' sang Beach Boys by Bill Vance (Toronto Star, 7/23/94)

1969 CHEVROLET IMPALA SS 427: LAST OF THE FIRST BIG-TIME SUPER SPORTS (Autoweek 10/31/94)

1963 Chevy Impala a k a 'Old Reliable' by Vern Parker (The Washington Times, 7/5/96)

WELL, IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN AN IMPALA by Dan Proudfoot (The Toronto Sun, 7/27/97)

COHON TAKES TO CARS WITH A RELISH; MCDONALDS' CHAIRMAN LOVES TO TINKER ON HIS 1967 IMPALA by Maryanna Lewyckyj (The Toronto Sun, 9/20/96)

Lowriders a high point with owners: Ramon Guerra lost his heart, and his girlfriend, to a Chevy Impala by Alisa Valdes of The Boston Globe (The Ottawa Citizen, 8/29/97)


1992 IMPALA SS CONCEPT CAR

GM UNVEILS "MYSTERY" IMPALA SS CAR (Reuter 1/5/93)

AUTO MAKERS LOOK FOR IMPROVED SALES GM UNVEILS 'MYSTERY' CONCEPT CAR CALLED IMPALA SS (Buffalo News 1/6/93)

Chevy may revive sporty Impala SS (Atlanta Journal and Constitution 1/22/93)

Chevy gets nod for Impala SS by Phil Frame (Automotive News 3/29/93)

CHEVROLET IMPALA SS TO RETURN IN 1994 (PR Newswire 4/2/93)

GM plans to revive Impala; SS model to be made at Arlington plant by Richard A. Oppel Jr. (Dallas Morning News 4/3/93)

Chevrolet Impala SS; Global Viewpoint; Concepts by Kevin Jost (Automotive Engineering 8/93)

BEHIND THE WHEEL / PAUL DEAN: MUSCLING IN; CHEVY IMPALA SS IS A GHOST OF THE 'SO FINE' 409 THAT DROVE A GENERATION TO SING ITS PRAISES By PAUL DEAN (Los Angeles Times 1/7/94)


1994 IMPALA SS

The 1994 Impala SS came in any color you wanted, so long as it was black. You had one choice for the interior as well -- gray.

GM: Chevrolet Impala SS Returning to Assembly Lines in 1994 (AP 4/3/93)

Impala SS show car becomes a reality; And other '94 Caprices are blessed with more horsepower (Autoweek 9/6/93)

Chevrolet Impala SS; Evaluation by Don Sherman (Motor Trend 10/93)

Caprice-based Impala SS due to bow in spring by ALEX LAW (Toronto Star 10/30/93)

Impala SS sells out before delivery (Atlanta Journal and Constitution 1/21/94)

First Chevrolet Impala SS in 25 years produced in Texas (U.P.I. 2/23/94)

FIRST CHEVROLET IMPALA SS IN 25 YEARS (PR Newswire 2/22/94)

CHEVROLET BUILDS FIRST IMPALA SS IN 25 YEARS (Reuters 2/23/94)

GM PRICES CHEVROLET IMPALA SS AT $ 22,495 (Reuters 2/23/94)

NEW CHEVY IMPALA SS PRICED AT $22,495 - 'LOADED' (PR Newswire 2/23/94)

ARLINGTON INTRODUCES NEW CHEVY IMPALA SS (PR Newswire 2/23/94)

CHEVY PRICES IMPALA SS AT $22,495 (Plain Dealer 3/3/94)

Production starts on Impala SS (Toronto Star 3/5/94)

A CLASSIC IS RE-CREATED IN CHEVY'S IMPALA SS by Richard Truett (Orlando Sentinel 4/21/94)

TEST DRIVE Impala SS muscles its way back into action Reincarnation an eye-catcher by Russ DeVault (Atlanta Journal and Constitution 4/29/94)

Impala SS provides surprising element of driving fun by JERRY WALLACE (Advocate 4/29/94)

Road Test / Chevrolet Impala SS by Tom Incantalupo (Newsday 5/6/94)

Impala SS is Chevy Caprice with sparkle by Pete Szilagyi (Austin American-Statesman 5/28/94)

1994 Chevrolet Impala SS; includes a related article with a countervailing view; Evaluation by Daniel Charles Ross (Motor Trend 6/94)

IMPALA SS: Monster mill moves mainstream sedan BY ART SUDERMAN (Calgary Herald 6/3/94)

Chevy Impala SS is hot rod in disguise by Linda Sharp (Atlanta Journal and Constitution 6/10/94)

CHEVROLET IMPALA SS CALL OF THE WILD by Matt DeLorenzo (Autoweek 6/13/94)

Impala SS is a bullet BY John Gilbert (Star Tribune 6/25/94)

CHEVY'S IMPALA SS: NICE WHEELS, BUT NEEDS SOME WORK BY ALAN VONDERHAAR (Cincinnati Enquirer 6/28/94)

BEHIND THE WHEEL/Chevrolet Impala SS; Heavy Metal Act Gets an Encore With a 60's Hit By MARSHALL SCHUON (N.T. Times 7/3/94)

Paint it black: Impala SS is swift and sinister by Dick Williamson (Rocky Mountain News 7/16/94)

Impala SS is back, highly in demand by Tom Keane (Washington Times 7/22/94)

Week In Wheels; UPDATE / Impala SS Still a Staple (Newsday 7/22/94)

Impala SS a Chevy with a big, bad attitude There are only 500 1994 copies of this two-ton 'Corvette sedan' BY JIM KENZIE (Toronto Star 7/23/94)

Tale of two Chevys Impala SS nameplate comes back in sporty and powerful new way by MARK MAYNARD (San Diego Union-Tribune 7/30/94)

WHAT'S BIG, BLACK, AND BRAWNY? THE NEW IMPALA SS (Bergen Record 8/20/94)

Your choice of black; Chevrolet Impala SS; Evaluation by Phil Patton (Esquire 9/94)

IMPALA SS IS NO LAND YACHT: CHEVY GOES RETRO WITH ITS JUICED UP CAPRICE PACKAGE by Scott Heimer (Phoenix Gazette 9/10/94)

REVAMPED CHEVY IMPALA AVAILABLE ONLY BRIEFLY by Bob Sikorsky (The Palm Beach Post, 10/30/96)

Where a '74 Impala Is King of the Road; Old Gas-Guzzlers Ply Venezuela, a Land of Cheap Fuel and Scarce Money by Diana Jean Schemo (International Herald Tribune, 11/1/96)

Swingin' '60s; 1962 Chevrolet Impala and 1962 Chevrolet Bel Air by Rob Kinnam (Hot Rod, 11/96)


1995 IMPALA SS

The 1995 Impala came in three exterior colors (dark-cherry red and gray-green were added to your basic black).

17-inch aluminum wheels due; will be standard equipment on 1995 Chevrolet Impala SS; Brief Article (American Metal Market 8/15/94)

Needed: cars to fit all; evaluations of the 1995 Mazda Millenia and Chevrolet Impala SS; Evaluation by Maynard M. Gordon (Dealer Business 9/94)

1995 CHEVROLET IMPALA SS: AN EXCITING 'MIND GAME': BUT WE AWAIT (AND HOPE FOR) IMPROVEMENTS by Matt DeLorenzo (Autoweek 10/31/94)

American sport sedans: mirror-image muscle; Chevrolet Impala SS vs. Ford Taurus SHO vs. Pontiac Bonneville SE Supercharged; Road Test Evaluation by Daniel Charles Ross (Motor Trend 5/95)

The Impala's SS: Is it super sport or Social Security? by Mark Collins (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 5/21/95)

IMPALA SS PACKS MUSCLE, COMFORT AND STYLE by Richard Truett (Orlando Sentinel 7/16/95)

DYING BREED: IMPALA SS CAUGHT IN DEMISE OF GM'S REAR-WHEEL-DRIVES by Richard Truett (Chicago Tribune 7/16/95)

CHEVROLET IMPALA SS: COST-EFFECTIVE KILLER WHALE (Autoweek 7/31/95)

A RUN-IN OVER THE IMPALA SS by Jim Mateja (Chicago Tribune, 8/13/95)

Impala shows nostalgia goes over As a Caprice Classic, nah, but as an Impala SS, this ugly duckling becomes a speedy swan with a truly surprising look and movement by Terry Jackson (Des Moines Register, 12/17/95)


1996 IMPALA SS

New for the 1996 Impala SS was a floor console shifter, a tachometer, and stainless steel exhaust.

He Drove, She Drove: Huge Impala SS nears extinction with macho gusto that might turn off women by Paul & Anita Lienert (Detroit News, 2/21/96)

CHEVY A BARGAIN AT $25,692: Impala SS is still a fine big car Lexus refinement missing, but feature-for-feature it compares favorably by Steven Cole Smith (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 2/25/96)

Caprice, Impala SS to live till December (Toronto Star, 3/2/96)

IMPALA SS NEARS THE END OF A SHORT, SWEET RUN by Jim Mateja (Chicago Tribune 3/31/96)

Motown Muscle: Tradition, Looks, Speed Drive Impala SS by Ed Rochette & Dan Jedlicka (Chicago Sun-Times, 4/21/96)

CATCH MIGHTY IMPALA BEFORE IT PASSES by Larry Printz (The Morning Call, 6/22/96)

IMPALA SS'S VALUE IS LIMITED BY ITS ENGINE AND DOORS (Autoweek, 8/19/96)

1996 CHEVROLET IMPALA SS by Richard Truett (The Orlando Sentinel, 8/29/96)

Use winter performance tires on that '96 Impala SS by Paul Brand (Minneapolis Star Tribune, 12/7/96)

Last of Impalas marks end of GM plant era by Jeanne Graham (The Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 12/8/97)

Michigan collector buys the last of the Impalas by Jeanne Graham (The Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 12/10/97)

Impala rides into sunset; GM bids cherished line a fond farewell by Jeanne Graham (The Fort Worth Star- Telegram, 12/14/97)

It was grand, Impala; GM pulls solid sedan off the road by Dan Scanlan (The Florida Times-Union, 12/14/97)

SHIFTING GEARS; Enthusiasts give Impala final send-off as GM revs up for truck production by Tamara Chuang (The Dallas Morning News, 12/14/97)

'MR. CHEVY' BAGS LAST IMPALA FOR HIS COLLECTION (Chicago Tribune, 12/15/97)

How can owner keep up '96 Chevrolet Impala SS? by Dan Jedlicka (Chicago Sun-Times, 1/6/97)

Muscular Impala SS born a collectible by Richard Truett (The Orlando Sentinel, 3/13/97)


OTHER IMPALA SS

Grizzly gun; Chevrolet Motor Div. Impala SS sedan by Mac DeMere (Motor Trend 10/94)

OLD IRON REVIVAL: ONE IMPALA SS, SIX GEARS AND 310 HORSES TOUR REBORN RUST BELT by John P. Cortez and Wes Raynal (Autoweek 10/31/94)

SOMEBODY CALL FOR MORE POWER?: CALLAWAY TURNS THE IMPALA SS INTO A SUPERNATURAL HONKER by John P. Cortez (Autoweek, 8/28/95)

Callaway SuperNatural Impala SS; Chevrolet Impala customized by Callaway Cars; Evaluation by Don Sherman (Motor Trend, 5/96)

Lingenfelter Impala SS; Chevrolet Impala upgraded by Lingenfelter Performance Engineering by Don Sherman (Motor Trend, 9/96)

Chevrolet LT5 Impala SS Tim Allen's Way of Saying 'Get Me to the Show on Time' (PR Newswire, 11/11/96)

Tim Allen's wild ride; actor's modified Chevrolet Impala SS; Editorial by C. Van Tune (Motor Trend, 2/97)


THE IMPALA OF THE FUTURE

ENCORE! ENCORE!: IMPALA SS FANS WANT THE GENERAL TO PLAY IT AGAIN (Autoweek, 8/11/97)

CHEVROLET SALES ARE DOWN BUT OPTIMISM STAYS HIGH; SEVERAL MODELS WILL DEBUT IN THE NEXT FEW YEARS, INCLUDING A FULL-SIZE PICKUP TRUCK AND A NEW IMPALA AND MONTE CARLO (The Orlando Sentinel, 9/25/97)