first generation of this car lasted from 1958 until
1985, although it went through many changes during
that period that would normally be considered a
generational change. This car was credited with
starting the muscle car era, which saw the combination
of big engines and sporty cars. The Impala SS of
the 60's could be ordered with a powerful 427 cubic
inch engine. They got smaller during the 70's with
the oil embargo, and were cancelled in 1985. There
was a short comeback in 1994 that lasted until 1996
of Impala SS, which was kind of like a sporty upgrade
of the Caprice.
It was based on the B-body and had a LT1 engine
similar to the engines found in Corvettes and Camaros.
The new generation started in 2000 and are considerably
smaller, although the SS is quite sport and many
police cars in the United States are this model.
The Impala has been a favorite of car customizers,
especially those in the lowrider community who like
to mod their early 1960's Impala with custom wheels
and hydraulics. The 1994 - 1995 - 1996 Impalas are
also quite popular with the car modding world. The
1st and 2nd generation are very popular in the collecting
world, and the best way to save money on a used
one is by using eBay, where original and custom
parts can also be found.
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