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568-Mile 1990 Chevy 454 SS Heads To Auction

General Motors introduced the Chevy 454 SS for the 1990 model year, giving enthusiasts a shot at muscle-bound V8 power in a pickup-truck wrapper. These days, performance options in the pickup segment are plentiful, but when it was new, the Chevy 454 SS was a relatively novel offering from a major automaker. Now, this exceptionally low-mile example is up for grabs at auction with no reserve.

Recently posted to Bring A Trailer, this particular 1990 Chevy 454 SS pickup truck was delivered new to Fairchild Chevrolet of Lakewood, Ohio, and later resided in New Jersey and New York before it was acquired by the current selling dealer in Texas. Like all 1990 Chevy 454 SS models, this example is finished in Onyx Black (later model years were also offered in Victory Red and Summit White), and features 15-inch wheels with a chrome finish and Chevy center caps. The wheels are wrapped in 270/65R15 BFGoodrich Comp T/A tires. The exterior trim matches the rest of the body, while up front, we spot a square front air dam and fog lamps.

Further exterior features include a sliding rear window, rear step bumper, and removable tailgate. There’s also an optional locking fuel tank cap.

Inside the cabin is Garnet Red cloth upholstery with patterned inserts, plus the factory air conditioning and cassette stereo, the latter of which includes a graphic equalizer. Electric windows and cruise control are both included.

The big-ticket item for the Chevy 454 SS is under the hood, where we find a 454 cubic-inch V8 engine paired to a three-speed automatic transmission and locking 3.73:1 rear differential. Output was rated at 230 horsepower and 383 pound-feet of torque from the factory, while the Performance Handling and Sport Appearance package adds in Bilstein shocks and a front stabilizer bar.

All in all, this is a very clean example of the 1990 Chevy 454 SS, with less than 600 miles on the clock, plus the original window sticker and a clean title. As of this writing, the current bid rests at $42,500, with four days left in the auction.

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Source: Bring A Trailer

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Jonathan Lopez: Jonathan is an automotive journalist based out of Southern California. He loves anything and everything on four wheels.

View Comments (6)

  • They were cool back-in-the-day.
    As far as performance a 4.8 will eat it for lunch and use far less fuel doing it.

  • Try putting a decent roller cam/heads/carb on a 454 and then see if an LS can hang. 500hp easy with that combo

  • If we’re talking about stock performance these trucks were very slow and gas guzzlers. As in just about any engine it can be rebuilt into a performance performing engine if it’s in your goal and done correctly. But again as a factory stock truck they just were very slow and guzzled the gas. Nothing personal just saying. 1990 wasn’t that long ago for some of us. Fast American cars back then would have been the 1989 Trans Am Pace car with the turbo 6, the 1990 or 1991GMC Syclone Turbo 6, 1992 or 1993 Typhoon Turbo 6, Fox Body LX 5.0 Mustang and the heavier GT. Nothing like today’s golden era of high performance muscle cars no matter what brand you like. Personally I am a fan of most of all the modern day muscle cars.