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Chevrolet Chevelle (1964 - 1980)

Last updated 19 October 2013

SS model is one of the primary muscle cars
Not for the faint-hearted


Chevrolet's all-new Chevelle was designed to fit between the compact Chevy II and the company’s full-sized cars. In 1964 it was labelled as a 'senior compact’. Eleven models were available in two basic lines, called the Chevelle 300 and the Malibu, although a convertible was added to the range. The Supersport SS was Chevrolet's entry into the mid-size muscle car battle against the Pontiac GTO, and was suitably quick. The car started out life with a 5359cc V8, and was later fitted with a more powerful 6489cc V8.

In 1968 the Chevelle received a thorough facelift, and an estate car variation was launched. The front end looked rakish, the bonnet was stretched out and bootline shortened, while the two-door got a new fastback look. The ultimate Chevelle SS soon had the most powerful rated engine in musclecar history, pushing out a magnificent 450bhp, in the LS6 454 in 1970. This was the Chevelle's high point. 1973 was the last year for the SS before the whole range was redesigned and the engines were detuned. The new Colonnade hardtop styling meant inner and outer shells and heavy roof pillars were used.