The first-generation Chevy Chevelle bowed with the 1964 model year. It reached its performance and desirability apex with the 1970 Chevy Chevelle LS6. The LS6 option packed the Chevelle with the Godzilla of muscle car engines, the 450-horsepower 454 cubic-inch V8, available with either a three-speed automatic or four-speed manual transmission. The one-year-only LS6 proved to the be the swan song for Chevelle high performance, as government regulations, emissions standards, and insurance companies all combined to throw a wet blanket on the muscle car fun.
Our feature Chevelle LS6 is a unicorn of sorts, as it is purported to be an all original, ultra-low mile example. Showing just 7,800 clicks on the odometer, this Tuxedo Black with white stripes copy sold new at Richard Chevrolet in Wheeling, West Virginia. It is quite well equipped with a three-speed Hydramatic automatic transmission, Positraction rear differential with 4.10 rear gear, power steering, power brakes with front discs, hood and deck stripes, black vinyl top, gauge package with electric clock, rear window defroster, cowl induction hood with hold-down pins, F41 performance suspension, Strato front bucket seats, and tinted glass.
The exterior of this Chevelle LS6 still retains exceptional gloss. The only paint work to speak of is a slight repair on the hood and driver’s side fender due to a shipping mishap. The balance of the finish is as it left the factory. Chrome bumpers and trim are still quite brilliant, with no appreciable patina noted. Stainless trim still retains great shine. No fading is present on the vinyl roof. White stripes are bright and crisp. The original SS wheels wear modern raised-white-letter radial rubber, but the original polyglas tires are included in the sale, along with the original distributor.
The interior of this Chevelle LS6 shows about as much wear as one would expect from a car with fewer than eight thousand miles on it, which is to say there is no visible wear. All surfaces present as new. The seats are free from bolster or seat bottom wear, with only slight wrinkling present. There are no cracks on the dash top. Carpets are all color-fast and free from notable wear.
Beneath the hood resides the original, numbers-matching LS6 454. The engine bay is highly original, and has been the subject of a sympathetic detailing. All original components are present. A modern Optima Red Top battery has been fitted.
This stunningly original Chevelle LS6 is accompanied by the original sales contract, and a copy of the February 1990 issue of Muscle Car Review in which it was featured. It will be offered by Mecum Auctions at their Monterey sale this August 12th-14th.