1969 was quite a year. It was the year that man first walked on the moon, Richard Nixon was inaugurated as the 37th president of the United States, and the popular children’s show Sesame Street made its television debut. Horsepower wars among the Big Three were at their zenith. 1969 was also the year that Chevrolet produced the final Impala SS. After a legendary nine year model run, Chevrolet retired the car that gave birth to the SS moniker. Budget muscle like the Pontiac GTO Judge, Plymouth Road Runner, and Ford Fairlane Cobra were gaining in popularity and robbing sales from full-size muscle cars like the Impala SS. But with big block power, courtesy of the big block 427, it definitely went out on a high note and not a wimper.
In this edition of the Muscle Car Showcase, we’ll take a look at the 1994 – 1996 Chevrolet Impala SS. When Chevrolet brought back the Impala SS after a quarter century, it may have gained two additional doors but it lost little else in curb appeal. History was repeating itself in 1994. Just like 1961, we had a young president in the White House and the Impala was the lone SS in Chevy’s lineup. It was an exciting time and the Impala SS brought the full-size muscle car back to the generation that grew up with the original. Read the rest of this entry