The Chevy Chevelle debuted in 1964 as Chevrolet Division’s version of the General Motors A-Body. The name Chevelle was taken either from a female Hebrew or French (the jury is still out) name meaning and “bold and beautiful.”
For the 1966 model year, the Chevy Chevelle received a clean-sheet restyling, along with the rest of GM’s A-Body platform. The new Chevelle sported a new grille, bumpers, and curved side glass. The rear fenders curved outward, and the rear roofline on the hardtops got the “flying buttress” treatment. It was a more muscular appearance. The Malibu trim level added a four-door hardtop Sport Sedan. Available drivetrains included a 283 cubic-inch Small Block V8, a 327 Small Block, or any of three 396 cubic-inch Big Block variants, the most powerful producing 375 angry horsepower.
The 1967 model year brought a facelift to the Chevy Chevelle. Taillights were now of the wraparound variety with backup lights standard. Front disc brakes were available on all trim levels and models, a collapsible steering column was standard equipment, and optional Strato-Ease headrests and special instrumentation were available.
This 1967 Chevy Chevelle is an original SS car as verified by its 138-code VIN, but has been modified somewhat for more robust performance. A bigger engine, performance six-speed transmission, modern bucket seats, all wrapped in a magnificent custom paint job that sets this Chevelle SS apart from the pack.
A custom bright blue metallic two-stage paint has been applied to the Chevy Chevelle’s exterior. Judging from the smooth surfaces and outstanding gloss, considerable time and effort was invested in the preparation and paint application. Chrome bumpers and trim are quite brilliant, and the stainless trim has been well polished. Short cap Rally wheels wear blackwall radial tires, with the rears in a much taller sidewall than the fronts.
Inside the Chevy Chevelle is a pair of pro-car style custom bucket seats covered in black vinyl. Black carpets are colorfast, and the dash top is free from cracks. An aftermarket stereo head unit has been fitted, and custom speaker housings can be seen at the kick panels. Vintage Air climate control has been added to keep the cabin cool. The Chevelle is also equipped with power steering and power brakes.
The engine has been replaced with a 454 cubic-inch mill that has been bored thirty over to displace 468 cubes. It has been built with a hydraulic roller camshaft, World Products heads, and performance intake manifold. This is backed by a Tremec TKO six-speed transmission and a twelve-bolt Positraction rear end. The trans features a Lakewood “explosion-proof” bellhousing and a Centerforce clutch. A modern aluminum radiator with twin electric fans keeps things cool.
This hot rod Chevy Chevelle SS will be crossing the auction block at the Mecum Auctions Chicago sale October 21st-23rd.