Chevrolet Chevelle Ss
A general definition of a Chevrolet Chevelle SS (and of course of a muscle car) could be the following: the Chevelle is a mid-size car with a powerful engine and a special trim designed to help drivers use the maximum speed on the road or during the drag racing competitions.
For Chevrolet Chevelle, 1969 was truly a “golden” year. That year another page of car history was written because of the release of these faster and comfortable cars generally known as Chevrolet Chevelle SS. The Chevelle was equipped (at its beginning) with a 327 cubic inches V8 engine which produced 300 horsepower. But in 1970 Chevrolet used the RPO-Z15 SS454 as an optional engine that could equip both the LS5 and the LS6 models depending on the buyer’s choice.
1970 was the year when the Chevelle SS impressed the entire car industry. The manufacturers chose to use the new A-frame platform and a 112 inches wheelbase. A technological novelty for that time frame was the suspension used for this Chevrolet Chevelle SS. I am talking about a suspension with double wishbones of unequal length placed in front and a four link live-axle in the rear.
More remarkable is the LS6 model powered by a 454 engine which produces 450 horsepower (an unimaginable power for those days) along with a good compression ratio ensured by large port cylinders. This Chevelle is also equipped with a solid lift camshaft, four bolt mains and a forged steel crank provided with aluminum pistons. To increase the power, the 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS uses air induction which along with the incredible cowl induction hood makes a great job in providing more power. The Chevrolet Chevelle SS was available with a flapper door as well that cools the 800 cfm Holley carburetor which is placed on an aluminum intake manifold. This automobile is able to go from zero to 60 mph in only six seconds and the quarter mile can be reached in only 13.7 seconds.
The exterior design of the Chevrolet Chevelle 454 LS6 was upgraded as well, featuring new rippling fender bulges. As a result, the Chevelle received a more muscular look. Other improvements include the redesigned front and rear bumpers, the new headlights which were separated by the Chevelle’s logo and a new front grille. All the SS models had a blackened out grille, divided by a body-color bar with the “SS” logo placed in the middle.
Along with all the redesigned parts of the Chevrolet Chevelle SS, the interior of the car had its fair share of redesigns as well. So, the Chevelle SS ended up with a comfortable bench seat and a column shifter as a standard package while the optional package included Strato bucket seats and a console with a floor-placed shifter. The 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS also benefited from an emblazoned steering wheel and an incredible dashboard with a gauge package. The Chevelle’s designers paid attention to the safety and comfort features as well. Some example of such popular features would be: the air conditioning, the power steering, the stereo radio, the power brakes or the automatic transmission. In addition to this, the Chevelle’s look was completed by the full wheel covers, the vinyl top and the whitewall tires.
Back then, customers chose the Chevrolet Chevelle SS because it was seen like a family car. That’s because it wasn’t too expensive, but had enough space for a family with five members. Even nowadays, the Chevelle SS remains a fierce competitor in the muscle car department, being part of the many amazing cars released by Chevrolet.
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