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Will Chevy Revive the Chevelle SS?

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On: Mon, Nov 3, 2014 at 2:52PM | By: Gary P Garry

Will Chevy Revive the Chevelle SS?

Some of the glorious American muscle cars of the past have been reinvented in recent years, and it gets you thinking about what could be. There is a number of models that have been in mothballs for decades that could potentially make a comeback. One of them is the Chevy Chevelle.

The Chevelle made its debut for the 1964 model year. Auto manufacturers have always played monkey see monkey do. When a formula for success is recognized, competitors follow suit, and this is why the Chevelle was produced. It was supposed to compete with the popular Ford Fairlane.

Chevrolet put a great deal of stock in the Chevelle. It was offered in a number of different body styles, including a convertible, a four-door sedan, a two-door coupe, and a station wagon.

The attention getter that could capture the imagination of performance car enthusiasts today is the Chevrolet Chevelle Super Sport. This was an early muscle car, and you could originally get the SS option package on the 1965 Chevelle Malibu for an extra $162. The base price for the car was right around $1500.

Collectors should take note of the fact that there were a mere 200 specimens of the 1965 Z16 Chevelle produced, so this is a rare bird that is harder to find than the proverbial snipe.

In 1966, the Super Sport became a model in its own right, the Chevelle SS396. You could get the car in a rag top or sport coupe. There were three engine options offered in the 1966 SS396. They were all 396-cubic-inch V8s, but there were three different horsepower options: the 325 that came standard, a 360, and a 375.

The Super Sport stayed alive as an independent model through the 1968 model year. Subsequently, it was offered as an option package once again, and the 1969 Chevelle L78 SS396 was a true standout. This car was hard to find even when it was current, and most showrooms simply did not have one. You had to be "in the know" to be able to order one, but eventually the word got out, and a total of 9486 units were produced.

High-performance was the order of the day, with the 3750-horsepower iron-block V8 powering the L78 SS396. It came with a Holley four-barrel, and the option package was a true bargain at right around $250.

The glory years for the Chevelle lasted through the 1972 model year, and in 1973 the style was completely changed. Hopes were high, but in reality, it was the beginning of the end. The Chevelle lasted through the 1977 model year, and that was the end of the road.

It would be nice to see Chevrolet come up with a brand-new Chevelle SS concept, but in the meantime, we can shop around for one of the remaining classics.


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