Yet, the Chevelle is rarely mentioned among the best-looking muscle cars of its generation, and objectively speaking, you can’t really say it looks better than a late 60s Mustang Mach 1/Boss, Plymouth Hemi ‘Cuda, the 1969 Charger, or even the Challenger.
Say what you will about its appearance, but the Chevelle meant business once you got it out on the road, and the SS 396 is without a doubt one of its most iconic specs.
What you’re looking at here is a 1970 model year car, which left the factory wearing Fathom Blue and a 396 CI Turbo Jet V8 engine with 350 horsepower on tap. It’s getting auctioned off for the second time in less than 12 months, the first time being back in April of 2023 when it traded hands for $63,500.
Aside from the blue hue, you also get white center stripes, a cowl induction hood with pins, split black grille, quad headlights, a black tail panel, SS 454 fender badging, and a set of 15-inch Super Sport wheels with SS center caps and 255/60 BFGoodrich Radial T/A tires. Meanwhile, you get Wilwood four-wheel disc brakes to keep this baby in check, and replacement shocks and springs too.
Moving on to the interior, highlights include the white vinyl front bucket seats and rear bench, matching door panels, a Vintage Air climate control system, custom stereo, Hurst shifter, locking center console, a three-spoke steering wheel and auxiliary gauges. This interior was refurbished, and it really shows.
How much power? Probably a little over 500 horsepower and roughly 600 lb-ft of torque, but that’s just my guess – the seller doesn’t specify the output.
Compared to what this car was back when it first left the assembly plant, well, let’s just say this current iteration is a heck of a lot more spectacular. It’s also probably worthy of $50-60k.