• Dec 23, 2007
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Reader Ken Gesel did a double-take as he was waiting to pick up a friend at Miami International Airport. Amidst the merry-go-round of Crown Vics snagging fares coming out of Arrivals, there was something different. You can almost hear your favorite Sesame Street personality breaking into "One of these things is not like the others" as your eyes take in the 18-inch alloys, SS badges, and twin exhaust outlets. Yep, it really is an Impala SS taxicab, and Ken snapped off a few phonecam shots for us. Had we been walking out of the terminal, bags in hand, we'd have picked it over one of the garden-variety converted police Vics with black steelies. Next, we would have told the driver that that it was imperative he put that 5.3L V8 to work and get across the MacArthur Causeway as quickly as possible. After all, the sooner you get checked in to your hotel, the sooner you can get yourself to an outdoor table at Larios for some Churrasco and people-watching.

Thanks, Ken!

[Photos: Ken Gesel]



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      • 7 Years Ago
      Yeah. The most practical part of this is that, if you get some passengers in the back seat, and load the trunk up with a couple of golf bags and some luggage, you can do FWD burn-outs and, maybe even suffer terminal understeer into the end of a bridge.

      Brilliant!
        • 7 Years Ago
        Don't forget the 4spd auto
      • 7 Years Ago
      there were two parked near my spot at my office this week. both bearing avis barcodes......welcome to fleet sales, SS!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Among all the Intrepids, Vics and normal Impala's, we have a 1996 Impala SS and 2006 Dodge Charger Daytona R/T roaming around our city as cabs. The drivers are friends, and they decided that they're gonna have some fun while doing this job. Why NOT have some kicks while at work.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Ah, but the Vic's is huger, and the tranny won't crap out every other oil change.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I love that... plus, the Charger makes for a great cab anyway...huge interior, huge trunk.
      • 7 Years Ago
      You don't go to Lario's to have churrasco. You go for the Cuban dishes. Churrasco isn't one. Try roast pork, palomilla steak, vaca frita or ropa vieja next time. ;)
        • 7 Years Ago
        Nothing comparable to the "real" churrasco, either Argentinean or Nicaraguan style. Yum!
        • 7 Years Ago
        Razor, I could throw darts at the menu at Larios and be happy with whatever was brought out. :) And the churrasco IS delicious.
      • 7 Years Ago
      there are some of these in the Metro Toronto area. Not a common sight, but they're around...
      • 7 Years Ago
      It's cool but I still wish it had honest to god Impala taillights. (Round ones) What did the painter think when he was shooting that color scheme onto that car? (Why don't I just paint up a MB AMG to be a cab?)

      Honestly though folks when I lived in Detroit there were lots of ex-cop cars as cabs that still had "Police Interceptor" badges on the ass. I'm sure they were really fast too.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Actually the PI's have been shown not to be any faster than a standard CrownVic, just more heavy duty to last longer. Kind of a shame!
      • 7 Years Ago
      I've always liked this version of the Impala SS, and as a cab, well thats just very fun.
      • 7 Years Ago
      The car itself is somewhat boring, but those awful wheels just cheapen the whole package that much more. How GM considers those sporty, I just don't understand. Then again, they put chrome wheels on the new ZR-1.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I'm sure you will be able to get the new ZR-1 without chrome wheels. Chrome wheels are an option on nearly every car, so why single out Chevy for this?
      • 7 Years Ago
      Auto enthusiasts are everywhere!
      He made a good choice, the new impalas (as much as they're not my style) are pretty nice, I had one as a rental in chicago and the trunk was very big (for todays cars, still doesnt compare to my friends 1990's lincoln town car) and the interior was very roomy.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Whoa! I saw that same one last weekend when I was there! Didn't take the time to take a picture though.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Can't wait for Michael Schumacher to get his hands on this one...
      • 7 Years Ago
      ALL THE NEW FULL SIZE CARS LOOK LIKE 2002 HONDA ACCORDS SO WHO BUILDS THE BEST ONE,CHEVY
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