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1996 Chevrolet Impala SS (The SSonic BeaSSt)

Last updated Mar 27, 2013  

Photo of a 1996 Chevrolet Impala SS (The SSonic BeaSSt)


This car began its life touring the sound-off competition circuit throughout the southern U.S. with its high-end audio/video system, installed by "The Car Stereo Store" in Dallas, TX. For the time (1996), it was leading edge with one of the first head units that controlled multiple outside music and data sources, including surround sound TV, remote CD changer, and plug-in accessory players. It had one of the first read-outs that could display CD names with artist and song titles as they played. That was state-of-the-art 17 years ago!
With Soundesign amps (1,600 watts, total) driving four 12" Kicker subs in a hyperbaric chamber under the rear parcel shelf, along with 16 more drivers in the cabin, it has a lot of kick and unreal clarity for the age of the system. A fun rolling boom box!


This is the most universally fun car I have owned, and I have had quite a few in the past 40 years. It can drag race (14's!), autocross, compete in show and shine, take trophies in the sound-off (even with its 17 year old "antique" system!), and hit the big track for some raucous road racing. In fact, I have done all 5 of these events at gatherings of the Impala SS Club of America (ISSCA) and hope to continue in the future. At the end of such an eventful long weekend, I just load up the family and all our luggage, and hit the road for home. What a terrific all-purpose car!

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