52K Miles: 1994 Chevrolet Impala SS

September 22, 2021 Update: The high bid of $6,000 did not meet the seller’s reserve price of $20,000, so we’ve moved this Impala SS to our “Rides Still Available” Page. If you are serious about buying this 1994 Impala SS, you can click the blue “Buy Now or Make an Offer” button below to navigate to the bidding page where you can agree to pay the $20,000 reserve or enter a reasonable counter-offer we will present to the seller.

Guys With Rides team is excited to offer this 52K mile Chevrolet Impala SS a reserve-style online auction on behalf of the private seller. The auction opened on Wednesday, September 8, 2021, and continues for fourteen consecutive days ending on Wednesday, September 22, 2021, at 7:00 PM Eastern time.

This 1994 Chevrolet Impala SS currently resides as part of a private collection in Willow Brook, PA, less than one hour’s drive from Philadelphia International Airport.

NOTE: Right below this line is a slide show for this ride. Click on the picture to expand it and then use the “<” and “>” buttons to navigate through each picture.

Current High Bid = $6,000

Reserve Meter – the green bar indicates how close the high bid is to the seller’s reserve price. When the green bar is full, the reserve has been met!

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Following the popular consumer reaction to GM designer’s Jon Moss Impala SS concept car presented at the 1992 Detroit Auto Show, Chevrolet commenced production as a 1994 model on Valentine’s Day that year.  Essentially cosmetically identical to the concept car, the only noticeable change being the chromed bowtie logo on the grill (vs. a red logo on the concept). The car was, in essence, a high-performance version of the Caprice heavily based on the Caprice 9C1 police package. Chevrolet engineers leverage much of the high-performance parts from that package previously only available to law enforcement and government agencies. This included a sport-tuned suspension with reinforced shocks and springs, a high-capacity reverse-flow cooling system (derived from the Corvette’s LT1), four-wheel disc brakes, transmission cooler, dual exhaust, a higher-output electrical system, and other minor mechanical and electrical alterations. The Impala SS did not get the 9C1’s external oil-to-air engine oil cooler.

Powering the ’94 Impala SS was a retuned LT1 5.7-liter (350 cu in) small-block V8 producing 260 horsepower and 330 foot-pounds of torque. The primary difference between the LT1 in the Impala and the version installed in Corvettes and Camaros of the period was the use of cast-iron cylinder heads on the former versus aluminum versions of the latter.  Impala SS also featured a camshaft profile designed more for low-end torque than high-end horsepower. The Impala’s LT1 block casting also had two-bolt main bearing caps while the casting used for the Corvette LT1 had four-bolt main bearing caps. Chevrolet Engineers fitted the Impala SS with a limited-slip-equipped 3.08 gear ratio combined with a suspension one inch lower than the standard Caprice. Handling the power of the Impala’s LT1 was GM’s 4L60E four-speed automatic transmission, which was an electronically controlled version of the previously hydraulically controlled 4L60.

The Impala SS received body-colored trim, a unique single-bar grille with no hood ornament, and a rear deck spoiler. It was fitted with 17-inch brushed aluminum wheels shod with 255/50ZR17 all-season tires. Inside, the car came leather bucket seats divided by a center console containing cup holders and a storage compartment. The seats’ headrests featured embroidered Impala SS logos.  For the 1994 model year, it was available only in black with a gray interior. Due to a shortage of the unique five-spoke aluminum wheels, only 6,303 cars were sold.

The current caretaker and second registered owner of this 1994 Impala SS, happened upon the car several years ago when he added it to his collection. There are only two non-stock items added to this Impala SS currently.  The first is a subtle red-and-white two-tone tape stripe that candidly we would remove as it takes away from the sinister all-black look of the car. The second is a truck-mounted six-CD changer connected to the factory cassette head unit. The CD changer features a steering column-mounted controller.

During our photography session with the car, we note that this Impala is in need of a thorough exterior detail and a recharge of the R134A A/C (from non-use) to make this unmolested example show ready. The interior leather presents like new while the original carpet will benefit from a cleaning. Two sets of front mats will be included as part of the sale.

The complimentary CarFax confirms this Impala to be a two-owner example with just over 52K miles:

To help you make informed bids, we’re providing a link to Classic.com, the analytics and search engine for the Classic Car market, that provides an interactive graph of recent comparable sales in the past two years. By clicking on the green dots, you can navigate to each comparable car sold as a way to help you make an educated bid on the car we are featuring for auction here:

If you have any questions about this 1994 Chevrolet Impala SS, please leave a comment below or feel free to call Rudy directly at 877-468-6497.  Thank you for looking and happy bidding!

2 Comments
  1. Anonymous

    What is the reserve price on this vehicle?

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    • Guys with Rides

      It is standard practice in any reserve auction, not just ours, that the reserve price remains undisclosed until a bid meets or exceeds it. As a guide, you’ll notice we provide our “Reserve Meter” which shows an approximation, in lime green, of where the current high bid is relative to the reserve price. Register and place a bid and you will see how the reserve the meter changes. From that, you can make an approximation of the reserve price.

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