Originally Posted by Spaceman Spiff
The SS was an appearance package on the impala. Plenty of 6 cylinder SS cars made from 62-69.
True...to a point though.
In early 60's the early Chevy 2 and Impala the "SS" was a trim package...….but the Chevelle when badged as a SS meant it had a big engine, HD cooling, etc. aka "performance" package which carried over to other models like Camaro and Nova
"I" have always viewed "SS" badging to mean a car model with performance upgrades (engine, suspension, cooling, braking) vs just a trim package. IMHO the 94-96 Impala "SS" lived up to that delineation.
Sadly GM used it purely as a marketing tool and badged 6 cyl FWD Impala as "SS" in later years...which to me is not the true car guy meaning. Obvious "interpretations" understood...
I have a 67 Camaro also. Originally it was a 327 (*L30), 4 brl plain jane base model, not a SS as those models had 350 or 396 CI motors and could be ordered as SS or RS models
*L30 Camaro was however the poor mans way of getting 10 less HP (275) than a 396 at the time. Saved $ and weight and a 327 could spin higher RPM's than the big blocks. The regular 327 in the 67 Camaro was a 2 brl and had 210 HP. One ordering the L30 option had quite the sleeper for less $ than the BB SS/RS packages
In any event I am glad GM/Jon Moss badged a B-body Caprice with trim, color, brakes, rear end (gearing), suspension (shocks, F&R sway bar), cooling (dual electric fans), tire (larger/wider, Z rated), instrumentation (analog in 96 and 160 mph speedo, tach). Some of those differences over other B-body models was performance over those models...and yes a much more bas a$$ look IMHO :-)