The Classics – Chevrolet Chevelle
The Chevrolet Chevelle is one of GM’s most successful vehicles, with a long production run from starting back 1964 carrying through to 1977.
Until ’72 Chevelles were available in a two-door coupe, pillared with two doors, a four door sedan, a pillarless hardtop with four doors, a convertible, a two-door station wagon and a four-door wagon. With models ranging from budget-friendly family cars to the powerful muscle cars, even the family cars were exceptionally sporty in style.
The Chevelle also came in Super Sport (SS) models for the power-hungry drivers. The SS 396 first became an option package in 1969, but was increased to 402 cubic inches by the end of the year!
Horsepower went way up in 1970, ranging from 350 to 450 horsepower. Chevelles could go from 0-to-60 in just about 6 seconds and the quarter-mile could be reached within 14 seconds. The legendary 454 V8 generated up to 450 horsepower, which allowed the cars to reach a top speed of 108 mph (173 kph). This engine was popular with drag racers and street racers.
In 1971, the muscle car era was starting to come to a close because of the new government emissions and safety regulations. Horsepower plummeted and sales soon followed.
Chevelle styles are also popular with today’s car enthusiasts, reaching as high as $100,000 for a fully restored Chevy Chevelle remains one of the most dominant and most sought-after muscle cars in American automobile history.
Aldo Piccioni, Parts Manager
NewRoads Chevrolet Cadillac Buick GMC dealership in Newmarket