1995 Chevrolet Impala SS; image by the author.
When covering auctions for our print publications, a simple rule of thumb–that we do our best to adhere to–is to review a few extra vehicular lots. It’s good practice, since one never knows if a lot is going to be withdrawn at the last minute, or–worse–we forgot to snag a photo of the car we just examined, only to discover that error when we return to the office. Which means that by the time our more detailed coverage is readied for print, we end up with a few on the proverbial cutting-room floor. It doesn’t mean they are any less interesting, we simply ran out of space, so we’ll present a few of them here.
We’re now well on our way to wrapping up muscle car coverage from the Scottsdale smorgasbord of sales, held each January, within the pages of our Hemmings Muscle Machines magazine. In the upcoming issue, we’ve featured 15 of the 354 lots that Silver Auctions Arizona offered on January 18 – 20. Though under new ownership, the sale retained the previous management’s mission and flair, as well as its traditional location at the Fort McDowell Resort and Casino .
As one would expect, it was a dry week in the desert southwest, except the day we attended Silver’s festival of gavel action. Intermittent showers may have dampened the atmosphere – thus we only ended up with one extra car in our files to feature – but certainly not the enthusiasm, as 181 lots sold for a collective take of $3,172,457. Among the 354 cars offered was this 1995 Chevy Impala SS. According to the scant details stated on the placard:
One owner out of Arizona. Very clean. Lots of recent maintenance. Custom suede interior.
After taking in such graphic detail, we dodged a few drops and carefully looked over the LT1-powered, sinister-looking SS, quickly surmising that it wore its original paint. That may have been all the good news there was to print with regard to its exterior’s presentation, for the body-color “Impala SS” script was absent from the right quarter panel, while the left side’s compadre was badly scratched. Speaking of scratches, the rest of the body was littered with such blemishes, not to mention several dozen chips in the paint on the front end, door and hood lips, and several other key locations on the lower extremities. The wiper arms were shot, and a strip of molding was missing from the front bumper cover. Inside, a strip of carpet covered the dash, presumably to combat the desert sun; however, it did little to cover that fact that the rest of the cabin needed to be detailed. As a result, we gave this late-model, full-size muscle machine a condition 3- rating, which equates to a value of roughly $10,000. Unfortunately, it sat virtually alone in Row H, unsold, having received a high bid of just $4,500.