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Chevrolet Chevelle

The Chevrolet Chevelle is a middle size car manufactured by General Motors from 1964 to 1977. This car is one of the most famous Chevrolet models and was available on the market in different body style, such as: coupe, sedan, convertible, station wagon. In 1973 the super sport version became available. This car was manufactured to compete with the Ford Fairlane and had the same size as the popular Chevrolet built in the ’50.

Chevrolet entered on the muscle car market by manufacturing the Chevelle SS line. The price for this new Chevrolet Chevelle, called Malibu SS, was of only $1,501 in the US in 1965. The car had the emblem on the front fender and was available in two versions: hardtop and convertible. The Sport Package was also available for some extra dollars. Examples of optional features included in this package are the “SS” emblem or the 14 inches full disc wheels while the car’s interior was covered in vinyl. The Malibu SS had a 283 cubic inches V8 engine that produced 220 horsepower.

Chevrolet Chevelle

The next Chevrolet Chevelle, SS396 was manufactured in 1966 and had its own high performance engine designed for it, a 396 CID V8. The frame was reinforced and the front suspension was updated.

During 1966 and 1967 all the Chevrolet Chevelles were built using a new body, the so called “coke bottle” shape and were equipped with a 327 cubic inches V-8 engine. Other improvements were the safety equipment, the sintered-metallic brakes, the tachometer or the mag-style wheel covers. The SS396 was manufactured as a Super Sport model as well, model which was equipped with a 396 cubic inches V-8 engine that produced 375 horsepower. The optional features for this sport model were the headrests, the air shock absorbers or the new special instrumentation.

The second generation of Chevrolet Chevelle had a new body with tapered front fenders, a long-hood and a short deck profile. The Super Sport version became more than a version. It became a series that was equipped with a 396 cubic inches Turbo-Jet V-8 engine. The Chevelle manufactured in 1969 suffered some minor changes, such as the single chrome bar that connected the headlights, the replacement of the instruments, the rear defroster, the headlight washers or the power windows and locks.

In 1970, the shape of the car was changed again. It became more squared up stance and the interior was redesigned as well. The engine used could be a standard six cylinders 307 cubic inches V-8 or a 350 or 402 cubic inches V-8 engine. The Super Sport model had a Turbo Jet 396 V-8 engine and rear bumper insert, special suspension and wide oval tires. More improvements were made to the Chevrolet Chevelle in 1971: the grille and the bumper were reworked, new dual taillights were added.

The third generation was sold in nearly 1.7 millions units and suffered only minor modifications during the five years it was kept in production. The new Chevelle had frameless door glass, new roofline and new stylish door handles. The 1973 models introduced new options regarding the structure of the car, the seats and the ventilation system among others. In 1977, the Chevrolet Chevelle was equipped with a 250 or a 305 cubic inches V-8 engine and a woodgrain accented instrumental panel. A special Chevelle edition became available in the same period, only 50 units being built.

1977 Chevrolet Chevelle

The Chevrolet Chevelle models are amazing and some of them are even rare. So, if you have the opportunity to own a Chevelle appreciate it because is a part of the car history.

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