Thursday, July 25, 2013
1994-1996 Cadillac Fleetwood. Impala SS performance, complete with vinyl top and fender skirts
Things improved greatly in 1992, when Chevrolet put the new 350-c.i. LT1 V8 in the Corvette. In Chevy small block history, this was a watershed moment. Corvettes were rated at 300-hp--a huge number at the time-- and people experienced fuel mileage in the mid-to-high 20s. That might not seem like that big of a deal now, but at the time, it was like a miracle.
Over on the full-sized sedan side of things, Chevy continued to build the lumbering, '70s-esqe Caprice, complete with floating suspension and anemic engines. But that all changed in 1994, when the now-proven LT1 found its way under the hood of the venerable family sedan.
So the next time the topic of 1990s muscle cars comes up, you'll know that the Impala SS wasn't the only full-sized car with the free-flowing Chevrolet LT1 V8. The Roadmaster and the Fleetwood were some of the biggest sleepers of the decade. Literally and figuratively. You can look at a slideshow of my former Fleetwood below, or click here for a better version.