138 CHEVELLE SS, 502 V8 PUNCHED TO 540, 700 HP, ALUMINUM HEADS, TOO MUCH TO LIST
Is it a race car for the street or a street car with race car DNA? Either way you look at it, this 1966 Chevelle SS 396 is a formidable performer with some serious hardware under its gorgeous bodywork, particularly the 540 cubic inch big block. This is the kind of car that will appeal to everyone no matter what you're doing: driving, racing, or showing.
The way this car looks is no joke, and the investment in time and money is obvious everywhere you look. If you're a fan of the early Chevelle look, with its beautiful flying buttress C-pillars and simple, unadorned body, then this car might ring all the right bells. Nothing was modified or deleted, but it received a lot of care during the build with straight quarter panels, good gaps, and, of course, that vivid bright red paint job that was completed just a few months ago. With a brilliant shine, the car simply glows in the sunlight, and it's set off by the towering cowl-induction hood that gives it that race-ready look. All the correct SS gear is there, too, from the blacked-out grille to the '502' badges on the front fenders, to the tail panel with its own way of reminding you what just passed you. Unfortunately for anyone hoping to get the better of this particular Chevelle, even those 502 badges are just false advertising, but we'll get to that later.
But first, have a look inside where there's a handsome bucket seat interior that perfectly captures the Chevelle's dual-purpose nature. The seats, door panels, and headliner are nicely restored and look quite stock, and there are recent carpets on the floor to tie it all together. The original instrument cluster is now full of big Auto Meter dials gauges that offer a high-performance look that seems right at home inside the vintage Chevelle. A B&M shifter stands proudly between the seats (it was born a 4-speed, which is why the clutch pedal is still hanging there, you know, just in case), and there's a bank of rocker switches in the center of the dash that really help with the competition look. However, there's also an AM/FM/CD stereo that actually sounds pretty good with the big block rumbling away up front. The trunk has been neatly refinished, too, with spatter paint, a reproduction mat, and a matching spare tire assembly.
OK, now about that engine. Not only does have a mere 400 break-in miles, it's actually a 502 punched out to 540 cubic inches and built for combat. With an high-rise intake and 1050 Dominator carburetor, you know there's some serious horsepower underneath that chrome air cleaner. Blacked-out valve covers, Brodix aluminum heads, and Chevy Orange paint add to its no-nonsense look, and you'd better believe it runs right, cranking out more than 700 horsepower. Thundering to life easily and barking through a set of long-tube headers with Flowmaster mufflers and pipes that feed subtle tips under the rear quarters, there will be no mistakes about this car's intentions. The built TH400 3-speed automatic from Performance Automatic can handle the torque, especially with a 4000 RPM stall torque converter. There's a custom chromoly driveshaft feeding a 12-bolt full of 3.73 gears multiplies the torque so well it'll wrinkle pavement. The floors are solid and it has been upgraded to four-wheel disc brakes for a lot more stopping power. Tires are 245/60/15s up front and 295/50/50s out back, fitted to vintage-looking aluminum wheels.
Not subtle, but a wonderful blend of hardcore performance and show car glamour, this Chevelle delivers a new twist on an old theme, and it really is insanely fast. Call today!
- Build Receipts
- AM/FM Radio
- CD Player
- Vinyl Interior
- Four Wheel Disc Brakes
- Power Brakes
- Power Steering
- Seatbelts (Front)
- Tilt Wheel
- Dyno Sheet
- Transmission Spec
- Front Brakes
- Power Disc
- Rear Brakes
- Power Disc
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