In hindsight, the 1994 to 1996 Impala SS’ biggest strength ultimately could have also been its most significant weakness. The fact that these vehicles were so customizable obviously prompted people to take them to the limit. Thus, the remaining examples today are either vehicles that have been painted multiple times with interior swaps and jagged modifications for extra-large wheels or simply vehicles that weren’t cared for properly. Needless to say, there are only a handful of clean 1994 – 1996 Impala SS examples left in the world.
With all of this in mind, locating a pristine, low-mileage 1996 Impala SS is both unheard of and something to be celebrated. The ’96 model is especially coveted because of its floor-mounted shifter and analog gauges – two things the ’94 and ’95 model did not have. In its stock form and unmolested, its rounded shape and unique features can truly be appreciated. It’s vehicles like this that only require a set of exceptional wheels to make them complete. This particular ’96 was purchased by hip-hop artist, Killer Mike with only 1k miles on the odometer! It could easily be argued that it’s the cleanest remnant of the B-Body era in existence today.
Thankfully, Killer Mike is a bonafide car connoisseur, so he knew exactly how to tackle the customization – or lack thereof. Clearly, a survivor vehicle such as this should never be painted or be the recipient of any major modifications. However, the factory 17-inch wheels would need to be put in storage for this SS to truly shine. Killer Mike linked up with Forgiato for a set of one-off rolling gear that would compliment the vehicle’s aesthetic while not detracting from the factory lines and shape of the vehicle. Mike went with a set of 21-inch Forgiato wheels from the Tecnica series with chrome lips and black faces to match the body. The result is a match made in automotive heaven and it’s now safe to say that this 1996 Impala SS is the cleanest of its kind.