It still had the numbers-matching V8 under the hood, which is massive news given that this Chevelle is not a regular SS. The hardtop you're looking at is an SS 454 LS6, also known as the holy grail of 1970 Chevelles.
What makes it special? Well, for starters, it's a one-year-only model. Second, it left the assembly line with the most powerful V8 designed in the golden muscle car era. I'm talking about the 454-cubic-inch (7.4-liter) LS6. Fitted with a four-barrel Holley carburetor and a few other upgrades compared to the contemporary LS5, the LS6 broke cover with 450 horsepower and 500 pound-feet (678 Nm) on tap. For reference, the mighty 426-cubic-inch (7.0-liter) HEMI was rated at "only" 425 horses and 490 pound-feet (664 Nm) of twist.
The engine found its way into the Chevelle, Corvette, and Monte Carlo, but all three were built in limited numbers. This brings me to the third important thing about the Chevelle LS6: this rig is pretty rare. Priced at $767, the LS6 upgraded added a 28% premium over the regular Chevelle, so people didn't rush to buy it.
Chevrolet reportedly fitted the package in 4,475 cars, but there are no records as to how many were hardtops, convertibles, and El Camino pickups. However, most Chevelle experts agree that only around 3,300 examples left the assembly line with Chevelle badges. And, of course, far fewer than that survived to see 2023.
But there are a couple more things that make this LS6 special. Patrick says it's the earliest known 1970 Chevelle 454 LS6 with an M22 gearbox assembled at the Baltimore, Maryland, plant. It was also originally sold through the famous Byrne Brothers Chevrolet dealership in White Plains, New York. Finally, it has a small-block tach, a known factory mistake in early 1970 examples.
So, what happened to this Chevelle since it was discovered in 2021? Well, Patrick put it back on its "feet" by getting the LS6 running again and upgrading some of the old parts to make the car road-worthy. The vehicle is pretty much spotless inside and out, which means it's only a repaint away from becoming a factory-correct gem.
Speaking of the paint, this car left the factory finished in Tuxedo Black with white stripes, but it was repainted dark red with orange stripes sometime in the 1970s. The color combo is a bit intriguing, but I can't say that it bothers me. On the flip side, this Chevelle should definitely be returned to its original colors since black examples with white stripes are highly desirable nowadays.
Until that happens, enjoy a full walkaround and hear the revived 454 LS6 V8 purr in the video below.