LIMA —The Chevrolet Chevelle was a mid-sized car produced by Chevrolet from 1964 through 1977 model years. The Chevelle was one of Chevrolet’s most successful nameplates. It was intended to compete with the Ford Fairlane, and to return the Chevrolet popularity of cars back to what it was during the 1955-1957 model years. Car enthusiasts were quick to point out that the Chevelle’s 115-inch wheelbase was the same as that of the 1955-1957 Chevy.
The Chevelle came in a variety of body styles which included coupes, sedans, convertibles and station wagons. The Chevelle models ranged from economical little family cars to commanding coupes and stunning convertibles. A Super Sport (SS) version was produced through the 1973 model year. Chevelle also provided the platform for the Chevy Monte Carlo which was introduced in 1970.
The Chevelle SS represented Chevy’s entry into the muscle car wars. The muscle car era reached its peak in 1970, as Chevelle SS power climbed to record highs. Of course, it’s what’s under the hood that matters!
The horsepower ranged from 350 to 450 horsepower from the 402 and 454 powerplants. With the LS6 454 engine, the vehicle could race from zero-to-sixty in just over 6 seconds. Documented as one of the greatest Chevelles ever produced, the 1970 Chevelle SS 454 LS6 model was the highest powered Chevelle manufactured in the model’s lifetime, and was the only GM car at the time to have ever topped the horsepower rating of the Corvette.
In 1970, sheetmetal revisions gave the Chevelle body a more squared-up stance and the interiors were redesigned as well. The 1970 Chevelle came in sport coupe, sports sedan, convertible, four-door sedan, a couple of wagons and an El Camino body style. The SS options were limited to the Malibu two-door sport coupe, Malibu convertible and El Camino. The sales brochure for the 1970 Chevy Chevelle SS read “You can make our tough one even tougher, ” explaining that the addition of a Cowl Induction to the SS 396 or the SS 454 was available. “Step on the gas, and a scoop opened to shoot an extra breath of cool air into the engine air intake … like second wind to a distance runner.”
Dave Kriegel owns these two beauties. He has an extensive car collection. Kriegel owes a debt of gratitude to his sons though, as his collection did not contain muscle cars until they prodded him into buying them. Thankfully, he listened. He was able to say that he owned the fastest Chevelle in Allen County, until one of his son’s bought a faster one!
Kriegel has contributed to this year’s Charity Car Show on June 29th at Westgate Lanes, in Lima. The cost of the entertainment this year, the American Bombshells, has been underwritten entirely by one of his company’s, J’s American Pub.
For 1970, these 2nd generation cars were given sheet metal revisions and the PRO Z15 S(uper) S(ports), with big block 454 LS5, maintained its 360 horsepower rating with the SS-cowl hood to let the world know what’s going on. Plus uprated suspension, wide oval tires on sport wheels, black accented grille, and a rear bumper insert.
horsepower was up, way up. The horsepower ranged from 350 to 450 horsepower from the 402 and 454 powerplants. With the LS6 454 engine, the vehicle could race from zero-to-sixty in just over 6 seconds. The quarter mile could be reached in 13.7 seconds.
See your Chevrolet dealer. He’ll show you that everything about the Chevelle looks good.
Whether you wanted your Chevelle SS 454 LS6 to pop or be more on the “sleeper” side, Chevy offered many factory options to make your muscle car’s personality match your own! Of course, there was nothing really sleeper about the LS6 muscle car, but minor changes in appearance options made each and every car unique.