IMPALA SS'S VALUE IS LIMITED BY ITS ENGINE AND
DOORS (Autoweek, 8/19/96)
D.L. of Elizabeth City, N.C., asks: "Will my limited
production 1994 Impala SS be worth more than the '96 models,
which have analog gauges and a floor shift?" It's a timely
question, given that Impala SS production will end in December.
The current Impala has its appeal, both visually and in
performance terms, but its long-term value will be hampered by
two factors. First, it's a four-door sedan, and no four-door
sedan has ever shown significant appreciation. Second, while its
engine is similar to the Corvette's, the Impala SS doesn't have a
true limited-production muscle motor like the 409s, 426 hemis or
427/435-hp engines of the 1960s.
If we jump forward five years and look back, the most valuable
SSs will be those with the "preferred equipment" package
(auto-dimming mirror and other doodads), or anything that
differentiates them. Because while Chevy built only 6303 1994
Impalas, that's an enormous number by the standards of most
collectors, who consider a Ferrari 308 GTS QV (748 built) common.
Chances are good that if someone wants to collect an SS, they are
going to want the performance-oriented floor shifter and analog
gauges rather than a Caprice-style column shifter and digital