Tim Allen’s modified-by-GM 1996 Chevy Impala SS alleged stolen by ‘stepson’ (VIDEO)

1996 Chevrolet Impala SS

Standard version of 1996 Chevrolet Impala SS modified by General Motors for Tim Allen (© General Motors

It must have been fun while it lasted.

A man claiming to be Tim Allen’s adopted son took the comedian’s 454-horsepower 1996 Chevrolet Impala SS from its garage in Los Angeles and drove it to his home in Denver. Faustino Ibarra, 34, said that the star of the television sitcom Home Improvement left the keys where he knew Ibarra would find them because, of course, Allen wanted Ibarra to have the car.

Said Ibarra in a jailhouse interview, “I emailed my dad the morning that I got the car in and everything is fine and I’ve got the car and it`s ready for you and we need to talk about me coming to live with you.”

Ibarra’s family thought otherwise when Ibarra showed up with the modified family sedan, capable of recreating LA’s infamous smog with the tire smoke from one pass down the quarter mile.


The glossy black Impala, dubbed the Binford 6100 had been modified by General Motors’ Jon Moss  into every Chevy hot rod fan’s Saturday night ride and had debuted at the 1996 SEMA show  Allen suggested that it was the result of when a “Corvette go drunk and had a fling with a (Cadillac) Sedan de Ville.”

Tim Allen’s publicists declined to make a statement, saying that the matter was the subject of police investigation. But if there’s a ranking in jail of how bad one is by the crime (allegedly) committed, then Ibarra, based on Tim Allen’s 1996 Chevrolet Impala SS Binford 6100 LS5, has to be the baaaadest guy in Denver held on grand theft auto.

However, we at CarBuzzard will forgo all the alleged stalking that Ibarra was also accused of if Tim Allen will just let us know where he keeps the keys to the Impala. That, of course, and a signed permission slip, because the fun while it lasted shouldn’t be follow by five-to-seven in the slammer.

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