For Chevrolet, 1970 was the peak of the muscle car era, with Super Sport versions being offered on five different models. The Camaro, Nova, Monte Carlo and El Camino all could be bought with the big high-performance engines, sporty appearance packages, heavy-duty suspensions and so on, but none captured the essence of a pure muscle car better than the Chevelle SS. It was offered with multiple versions of the established 396, but for those who wanted even more, the newly introduce 454 was the only way to go.
This 1970 Chevelle SS came from the factory with the 360hp LS5 version of the 454, backed by an M21 4-speed Muncie transmission and 12-bolt posi-traction rear end. It underwent a nut-and-bolt, frame-off restoration, refinishing it in its original and highly desirable color of Cranberry Red with black SS stipes. The interior was restored to original in Ivory vinyl and features original factory options like tachometer and gauges, air conditioning, sport steering wheel, Delco AM radio and bucket seats. Additionally, it has power disc brakes, power steering, cowl induction package, Rally wheels and correct Goodyear Polyglas tires. It features a correct 454 engine, with less than 100 miles on a rebuild, along with the original transmission and rear end.
With a very high-level restoration on such a rare example of American muscle, it doesn’t get more iconic than this 1970 Chevelle SS 454.
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Large-format book will weigh more than 65 pounds
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