BIG BLOCK 396/375 HP V8, HORSESHOE AUTO, DUALS, PWR STEER, 4 DISC PWR BRAKES!
If you want a musclebound Chevelle, you can track down some old heap and restore it, making it just what you want. Or you can simply come in and buy this 1971 Chevelle SS hardtop that's already got all the good stuff, including a big block and 4-wheel disc brakes, and costs a lot less than what it would take to build it yourself.
Big bad Chevelles never go out of style, and while 1971 wasn't the peak for performance from the factory, today they can be fortified with the nastiest powerplants ever devised. Many fans also prefer the 1971's single headlight look, which seamlessly blends with the rounded A-body shape. Thanks to a dedicated restorer, the sheetmetal looks quite good with straight panels that are worthy of being covered in glossy burgundy paint. It's not a trailer queen, but the shine is brilliant and believe me, nobody's going to argue with a car that looks like this, especially not with a big block under the hood. Painted-on silver stripes, a cowl-induction hood with pins, and correct SS badges are additional warning signs that this is not a car to be trifled with on the street. Chrome bumpers, nice stainless trim, and those four round taillights out back are every bit as distinctive as the engine note.
Factory buckets, a center console, and a horseshoe shifter are the highlights of the nicely refinished interior. Correct black reproduction seat covers give the Chevelle an upscale look that's also quite comfortable, and the wide back seat is good for road trips. Factory gauges cover the basics and the wide speedometer tells you that this isn't a real SS, but at this point, does it matter? It feels plenty potent from behind the wheel and once the engine fires, nobody will be asking questions. The coolest shifter in the world lives between the seats and the carpets are protected by matching black floor mats. There's also an AM/FM/cassette stereo in the original slot and in the trunk you'll find correct spatter-finish paint that only needs a repro mat to look factory correct.
But you and I both know the reason we love Chevelles is because their engine bays are big enough to handle the biggest of big blocks. In this car's case, it's a brutal 396 cubic inch V8 with goodies from all the big names. It's an EG-coded 375 horsepower block from a '66 or '67 Chevelle, and it's plenty nasty today. Equipped with an Edelbrock intake manifold, a Demon carburetor, long-tube headers, and an HEI ignition system to light the fires, all coated in Chevy Orange, it's formidable no matter how you look at it. Power steering and brakes mean that having that big chunk of horsepower over the front wheels isn't a chore to drive, and the quick-shifting TH400 3-speed automatic transmission snaps through the gears with authority. There's also a 12-bolt out back, durable enough to handle the big block's power, and with twin mufflers the soundtrack is like an angry god is chasing you. Classic Rally wheels are one of the better-looking choices for a street brawler, and the look will never go out of style. Fat 255/70/15 white-letter radials give it just a bit of rake that makes all the difference.
This is already the Chevelle you were planning on building for yourself, all finished and ready to enjoy. All you need to do is pick up the phone and call!
- Engine Size
- 396 V8
- Transmission Type
- Body Color
- Burgundy Metallic
- Body Style
- 34,647 (Unknown)
- Interior Color
- Seating Type
- Seat Material
- Shifter Type
- Center Console