396/375HP V8, 4SPD, 12 BOLT, 4.11 GEARS, BEAUTIFUL RESTORATION, TOTAL SLEEPER!
This 1966 Chevrolet Chevelle 300 was built to do one thing and one thing only, and you know exactly what that is. It's the purest kind of sleeper, one that wears a traditional OEM bare-bones look but packs a built 396, a 4-speed, and all the hardware needed to really put it to work. Yeah, the bad guys will spot this one a mile away, but it's so insanely cool that you won't be able to resist.
You want a sleeper, the first place you start is the body. Sedans are ideal sleepers, but they're heavy, so the next best thing is the 2-door sedan AKA the 2-door "post." It's probably the lightest, stiffest body you can buy and offers a sporty look that suits it just fine. The next step is paint, and nothing says "don't look over here!" like plain Ermine White. At a glance, it's easy to see there's been a ton of cash invested in the paint and bodywork on this Chevelle, which also kind of gives away the secret, but in this day and age, it's pretty much expected. It's just beautifully done. It's the right color, too; no metallic or graphics, heck not even any pinstripes, so it definitely fits the bill. It keeps its factory grille and chrome bumpers for an OEM look and if you are able to get close enough, you'll notice the '396 Turbo Jet' emblems on the front fenders, but I'm guessing it'll be too late by then. If you dig sleepers, this is pretty much how it would have looked on the showroom floor. At least on the outside.
The interior nails the sleeper look perfectly: it's plain Jane all the way! A simple bench seat, zero options, and factory upholstery gives it just the right image. Sleepers were built for combat, so they didn't get weight-adding options and the point was cheap speed, so a bench seat was the hot ticket. This one wears original bottom-of-the-line upholstery that's perfect for a car like this and you'll be pleased that there's full-sized-car space front and rear. The custom shifter for the 4-speed snakes around the bench seat's contours so you'll never miss a shift, but the rest is simple. There's a skinny color-matched steering wheel, a full set of restored gauges that look great, and an accessory tach discreetly strapped to the inside of the steering column, just to keep it out of the other guy's line of sight. Cool, right? There's a good-sized trunk, which also carries a full-sized redline spare tire, just for effect.
All the effort and money went under the hood, and this sleeper is no different with a thundering 396 cubic inch V8. It's rebuilt to L78 specs, which means 375 horsepower, a solid-lifter cam, enough grunt to pull a building off its foundation. It's beautifully detailed pretty much the way the factory would have done it, with chrome valve covers, Chevy Orange paint, and a big 4-barrel carburetor. Long-tube headers feed a stainless steel dual exhaust with X-pipe and relatively quiet mufflers, so it doesn't give too much away too fast, and the undercarriage is like new. Front and rear sway bars, a heavy-duty suspension with boxed control arms in back, and a rock-solid 12-bolt rear end carries 4.11 gears that give it shocking off-the-line performance. 14-inch steel wheels with dog dish hubcaps are really the only choice on a car like this, and they wear 225/70/14 redline radials for a proper vintage look.
You already know we love this car. It's beautifully built, insanely fast, and expertly designed to do exactly what you think it does. If that's your kind of fun, you won't find a car better at it than this. Call today!
- Cloth Interior
- Vinyl Interior
- Exterior Color
- Ermine White
- Interior Color
- Transmission Spec
- Muncie M20
- Rear End
- 12 Bolt
- Front Suspension
- Coil Spring
- Rear Suspension
- Leaf Spring
- Front Brakes
- Rear Brakes
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