Chevrolet Chevelle (1964 – 1980) Review

Chevrolet Chevelle (1964 – 1980) At A Glance


+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.

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Is this the world's lowest mileage 1950 Chevrolet?

"Here’s an interesting story. A 1950 Chevrolet Club Coupe, with just 437 miles. It was purchased new by Mr And Mrs Jessie Trueblood of Modesto, California. Soon after, Mr Trueblood took a day off to go fishing. While waiting for a bite he witnessed a woman fall out of her boat. He jumped in to help, only to fall victim of a fatal heart attack. Mrs Trueblood returned the car home and placed it in the garage for the next 12 years. The odometer reading at that time was 413 miles. Mrs Trueblood lived next door to a used car lot owned by Mr William E. Wilson (now 81 years old). Mr Wilson spoke with her frequently and often told her he would like to buy the car for himself to keep. In 1962, that time came. Mrs Trueblood told Mr Wilson she needed a car for her bookkeeper who didn't really care for the old Chevy and would prefer a Rambler. No problem - Mr. Wilson went down to the local Rambler dealer and bought a brand new one for $1,650 and made the swap. He then took the Chevy home and parked it with 433 actual miles. And there it sat for the next 45 years, occasionally being started and moved in and out of the garage. In 2007 Mr. Wilson decided to sell the car and started spreading the word around Modesto that the old Chevy, with 433 miles on it, was for sale. Many had heard about the car, but hardly anyone had ever seen it. Word spread quickly and soon a buyer arrived ready and willing to pay the $60,000 asking price. Mr Wilson complained heavily of the Capital Gains Tax he was required to pay. This 1950 Chevrolet now has 437 miles and is most likely the world's lowest mileage 1950 Chevrolet."
Amazing story. Many thanks. Trouble is, as soon as it's driven it loses its value.
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