Taking the everyday Caprice and transforming it into a performance-oriented street brawler seemed outrageous, but this was the 90’s after-all.
Chevrolet was rediscovering it performance heritage: With the recently introduced fourth generation Camaro, the outgoing Corvette ZR-1, and the yet-to-be-introduced Corvette C5, performance was now back at the Bowtie Division. The last Impala 22 was a 1969 edition, and as the 70’s dawned, a performance version of the full-size Chevy was deemed unnecessary. That all changed in November of 1992, when Chevrolet showcased a modified version of the then-new Caprice at the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show in Las Vegas, and called it the Impala SS.
Yes there are many stories on how the Impala SS was created, what engine it was equipped with, and how it became somewhat of a cult classic. However, I dive into the Design and Evolution of the bad-ass Impala, what the popular options were, and what to look for if you ever desire to purchase one.
There are specific milestones with this model and they are:
– November of 1992: Impala SS Concept introduced at SEMA
– February of 1994: First Impala SS produced in Arlington, Texas on February 14th.
– September of 1994: Dark Cherry and Gray-Green Metallic offered.
– September of 1995: Analog gauges and standard floor shift installed.
– December 1996: The last Impala SS produced on December 13th.
If you want to read the entire article, as well as an alternative I exposed, just go to the AMOS Web Site using this link. It really is a great read, even if I do say so myself.