Basic black can be the most intimidating color. Just think about Darth Vader; would he be his most evil self in any other shade? Not a chance. Which is why a plain-Jane, stripped-down 1964 Chevy Chevelle wagon can look so mean.
This two-door Chevy Chevelle wagon began life as an eight-cylinder 1964, but the current owner preferred the look at the 1965 model, so the front fascia has been changed. The paint is a deep, rich, glossy black showing amazing prep and execution. It looks like you could reach into it up to your elbow. Chrome bumpers have been brilliantly re-plated, and the stainless trim is polished to a fault. Traditional steel wheels have been swapped for taller versions and are shod in red striped performance rubber. Malibu SS badges have been affixed to the haunches of this Chevy Chevelle, and 350 V badges ride on the front fenders. Original style “poverty caps” are fitted and complete the plain wrapper look.
The Chevy Chevelle’s interior is the polar opposite of what we see outside. A brilliant red show-caliber interior is hidden within this dark gem. A sculpted split front bench features dual center armrests. A tilt steering column holds the custom leather-wrapped wheel with four-spoke billet center. Red-painted Vintage Air duct work blends with the dash. The execution is clean, and could have been factory if it wasn’t so slick. Door panels share the same luscious red material that covers the seats. Billet power window switches are mounted below the vent windows, and forward of the billet-machined custom door handles. Combination analog/digital Dakota Digital gauges have replaced the originals. The back seats are every inch the measure of the front, with a sculpted bench and custom headrest panel.
No 1964 Chevy Chevelle wagon’s engine bay ever looked this good from the factory. The firewall has been smoothed, and all the wires and hoses have been tucked away. The hood is supported by polished billet hood hinges. A 5.7-liter LS1 resides in the tidy compartment. The firewall, fenders and underside of the hood are all covered in the same glossy black paint that looks so amazing on the exterior. A machine-finished Wilwood power brake booster has been fitted, letting us know what is hiding behind those black steel wheels. The LS1 is backed by a 4L60 four-speed automatic, and the combo routes 336 horsepower and 346 pound feet of torque to the rear wheels through a 12-bolt limited slip diff.
This stunning hot rod wagon is available from RoadRich Motors in Costa Mesa, CA.