German carmakers didn’t have the monopoly on super-powered sedans in the 1990s. Sure, the E34 BMW M5 might be the most famous four-door factory hot rod of that era, but it had plenty of rivals, including the supercharged Jaguar XJR, and Corvette-engined Chevrolet Impala SS.
The 1994-96 SS story began in 1992 when Chevy took a full-size Impala sedan fitted with the 9C1 Police Package, dropped in the Corvette’s LT1 V8, added a set of five-spoke wheels to set off the moody black paint, and showcased the result at that year’s SEMA show.
Customers lapped up the production cars that arrived three years later, and Chevy built almost 70,000 of them before killing the model off in 1996. That means you won’t have trouble finding one to buy, but most will have covered far more miles than this eBay find.
Showing just 6,250 miles on its digital odometer, this first-year SS has had just one owner from new and appears to be up for grabs due to the demise of its keeper. The car, though, is in no danger of checking out, and from what we can see looking at the few pictures available, seems to be be in immaculate condition.
Though these Impalas had LT1 V8s, they didn’t get the Vette’s full complement of horses, being rated at 260 hp (264 PS), rather than 300 hp (304 PS). There was no manual option either, a four-speed automatic being the only transmission available. But with a standard limited slip differential helping channel its 330 lb-ft (447 Nm) to the pavement, the girthy 4,221-lbs (1,915 kg) SS could still hit 60 mph (96 km/h) in a then-respectable 7.5 seconds.
Later cars got more aerodynamic side mirrors tucked up tight to the door glass, a floor-mounted transmission shifter and a choice of colors. But being a first-year car, this one has the column shifter, regular mirrors and the mandatory black paint. It would have cost $22,495 back in 1994, but if you want this one located in NY, you’ll have to part with $32,995. Still, that’s a heap less than you’d have to pay for a same-age BMW M5.