Chevy Chevelles make the basis for some great hot rod builds, but this 1966 Chevy Chevelle SS is something else. The car is owned by a gentleman named Kent, who says he wanted the car to be somewhat cartoonish, but able to drive, run, and go around corners. This is not your typical Pro Street Chevelle build.
The exterior finish of the Chevy Chevelle SS is a brilliantly executed 2001 Bentley Sapphire Blue Pearl. The hue is so dark, in the garage it appears black. In sunshine, the lustrous blue pearl hue draws the eye. Side trim and moldings have been eliminated for a clean, smooth look. Front and rear chrome bumpers appear recently refinished, and sparkle in the sun. Wheels are from Billet Specialties, coated in textured paint and topped with custom center caps. The enormous rear wheels are wrapped in massive steamroller-size rubber that the mighty Big Block burns away with reckless abandon.
Front and rear independent suspension feature coilovers, beefy sway bars, and both are fully polished. Wilwood calipers squeeze cross-drilled rotors front and back, with the rear brakes located inboard. The beautifully painted chassis is by Art Morrison.
The interior of the Chevelle SS has been done by the legendary Gabe Lopez. The front seats have been cut down from Recaro high-back units, and wrapped in a gorgeous two-tone black and gray sculpted pattern that is continued on the custom console. The back seat has been turned into a parcel shelf, as the full roll cage would have made it otherwise useless.
Under the hood of the Chevy Chevelle SS is the heart of a monster. The engine is a chromed and polished 565 cubic-inch Chevy Big Block with a Blower Shop 871 supercharger topped by a butterfly-valve bug catcher scoop. The blower is only producing twelve pounds of boost, keeping output down to a “sedate” 840 horsepower. By changing the pulleys, Kent says it would easily make 1,000 horsepower or more.
The engine pushes power through a beefed-up, ratchet-shifted 700R4 automatic. Kent says the engine is only turning 2,200 RPMs at 80 miles per hour. The engine bay has had custom panels fabricated to help hide all the wires and hoses. The satin black finish adds to the extremely clean and organized appearance. The hood is supported by polished billet hinges. Kent wanted to keep the blower height down enough so it didn’t block too much of the view. To achieve this, he had a specially fabricated low-profile oil pan made, and lowered the engine as low as possible.
You can see the Chevy Chevelle SS in this video from AutotopiaLA.