396 BIG BLOCK, 4 SPEED, 12 BOLT, VERY CLEAN CAR, BUCKET SEATS, LOOKS EXCELLENT!
The Chevrolet Malibu/Chevelle is certainly a contender for the world's most popular muscle car, and for good reason. One look at this 1966 SS hardtop tells you all you need to know about why they're so beloved: great looks, a wide variety of powerplants available under the hood, and plenty of room for long-distance cruising. Add in big block power, a 4-speed, and paint that's to die for, and you've got a car that hits only high notes.
So it's not a real SS, who cares? When you're talking about a design as perfectly proportioned as the early Chevelle hardtop, the look matters more than the pedigree. The stunning Madiera Maroon finish on this one seems to amplify its tidy proportions, stretching it visually over the big wheels and perfect muscle car stance. Restored several years ago, the prep and body work were expertly done, and even those massive rear quarters are arrow-straight and the body is well fitted. Part of the Chevelle's subtlety is that crease that runs from front to rear, and getting that right is critical, so I'll just let the photos speak for themselves in that regard. That gorgeous maroon finish was clearly wet sanded and buffed when it was finished, giving it a distortion-free surface. I also like the stock hood with chrome inserts, beautifully refinished bumpers, and the overall subtlety of the look.
The mid-1960s were all about simplicity in design, and like the exterior, the black bucket seat interior is a study in careful restraint. Forget faux wood, this Chevy uses bright metal trim to contrast with the black interior, giving the dashboard a jeweled look that's like a fine clock or vintage stereo gear. The upholstery was replaced when the car was restored, and has a very inviting look with no major damage, wear, or other defects. Instead, all you want to do is slide behind the wheel, listening to the comfortable groan of the seat as you settle in, and grab that wonderfully textured steering wheel. The center console is a welcome option, highlighted by a Hurst cue ball shifter for the 4-speed and an optional clock in its own trick little housing. The factory AM radio still lives in the dash and one glance in the trunk tells you all you need to know about how well-finished this car really is.
Performance got a big upgrade as well, thanks to a 396 cubic inch big block under the hood. Aside from a mildly upgraded cam inside, it's pretty stock, so it starts easily and idles with enough of a lope to let folks know it's no pushover. Bright chrome on the valve covers and air cleaner shines against the Chevy Orange engine enamel and satin black engine bay. Underneath, a fresh clutch and pressure plate feed a Muncie 4-speed manual transmission and a robust 12-bolt rear, and long tube headers exhale through a brand new set of stock-style mufflers for just the right sound. The stance is exactly right, not too low but not like mom's grocery-getter, either, and with Corvette Rallys and 245/60/15 BFG radials, it looks fast just sitting still.
This is an extremely nice big block A-body with a manual gearbox and stunning bodywork, all at a very reasonable price. What else do you need? Call today!
- AM Radio
- Power Steering
- Seatbelts (Front)
- Vinyl Interior
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