Not going to happen
A SIX year old Pontiac G8 GXP (similar trim level as the Chevy SS) goes for about that.
Yea, that wont happen. They arent making a lot of them and the owners that have them arent going to let them go for cheap. They know what they have.
I respectfully disagree. It will spike down to low 30's then shoot right back up to high 30's after it's no longer available. It's got collectors car written all over it. Look at the values of nice 2005-2006 GTO's and G8 GXP's. 1996 Impala SS, some other low production performance cars....Even a not very low production Trailblazer SS goes for 2-3x as much as a loaded trailblazer LTZ.18 months...
Not everyone wants a Cadillac.not everyone wants a RWD Caddy, most buyers can't afford one.
The 96 Impala SS retailed for about $20k in 96, now ones in the same condition as new sell for...wait....$20k. 19 years later and a financial wash for a garage decoration.I respectfully disagree. It will spike down to low 30's then shoot right back up to high 30's after it's no longer available. It's got collectors car written all over it. Look at the values of nice 2005-2006 GTO's and G8 GXP's. 1996 Impala SS, some other low production performance cars....Even a not very low production Trailblazer SS goes for 2-3x as much as a loaded trailblazer LTZ.
The way I see it, it wasn't really designed for American people, but GM knew it was a great car so they through us a bone and offered it the only way they knew they stood a chance of breaking even, typically high profit fully loaded model, minus the high profit. If only one model is available, I'm glad it's a loaded one and not a stripped model like the GTO was.
Isn't that what most of its fans here are waiting for?18 months...
I think the telling sign of what GM will do with the Impala is going to be contingent on the size and market position for the next-gen Malibu. If the Malibu does move up in size and content to near the current Impala, then that should be an indication that the next-gen Impala just might move to the Alpha platform.
It would then make sense for a dedicated Alpha assembly line outside of Cadillac.
2. Impala SS
3. Buick Riviera (or GN/GNX)
4. Holden Commodore HSV
That was actually the plan when GM decided to shut down Holden, and there is still strong indication that the next Impala might just be that Holden replacement. But as I said on another thread, until they approve money to fund OEM contracts and until the car actually starts moving down the assembly line....GM could always develop a RWD car based on Alpha to send to AUS and use it as a Chevrolet, but I really don't see it coming. hope I'm wrong and GM sorts out its non-Cadillac RWD portfolio.
Let's not kid anybody here for goodness sakes.....If you want a large V8 sedan with AWD, you DON'T care about fuel economy or V8 "performance".....if you do, you're living on another planet where reality doesn't exist.Not everyone wants a Cadillac.
Just think what a good package a 5.3 or 6.2 in a cts would be, only sold as a buick or chevrolet, AWD, 10 speed automatic with Tula modifications producing 15+% additional fuel economy. You could be looking at a V8 sport sedan giving 30+ mpg on the highway, while providing V8 performance!
Don, please stop doing drugs, and please detox from the drugs you are doing now...they distort reality and tend to rewrite history.The 96 Impala SS retailed for about $20k in 96, now ones in the same condition as new sell for...wait....$20k. 19 years later and a financial wash for a garage decoration.
Aside from your rude and hostile tone, you've actually supported my point. This "collector's item" that people thought would be worth a fortune is actually quite the contrary. I never said GM didn't make money, my point was that just because something is limited (and in this case a very similar vehicle) doesn't mean it will be worth a fortune over any amount of time.Don, please stop doing drugs, and please detox from the drugs you are doing now...they distort reality and tend to rewrite history.
Impala SS in 1996 base priced not at $20,000 but at about $25,000.
If you don't have time to pull up an inflation calculator, that's equal to over $37,500 today.
That's for a standard issue Chevrolet Caprice with seats from Buick's Roadmaster, the 350 LT1 that was available on all Chevrolet Caprices for $550 on the option sheet, and the police suspension and braking package on a Caprice that started at a mere $19,000 at the time (Caprices ran about $22,500 loaded....that's about $33,000 today).
General Motors made SERIOUSLY BIG money on every Impala SS they sold since all they really did was develop a center console, create a cheap plastic grille, and find a set of aftermarket wheels.....everything else was off the shelf.....and they charged just over $4,000 for the effort.
That $20,000 "wash" you mention is actually a $17,000 worth of depreciation over the past 19 years.