Part of the General Motors A-Body platform, the Chevelle was one of
Chevrolet's most successful nameplates. Body styles include coupes,
sedans, convertibles and station wagons. Super Sport versions were
produced through the 1973 model year.
Ford released the mid-sized Fairlane in 1963, to which Chevrolet
responded with the 1964 Chevelle based on a new A platform design.
Riding on a 115-inch wheelbase, the new Chevelle was similar in
size, simplicity, and concept to the standard-sized 1955-1957
Chevrolet models. The Chevelle was the U.S. auto industry's only
all-new car for 1964 and was positioned to fill the gap between the
small Chevy II and the full-sized Chevrolet models. Introduced in
August 1963 by "Bunkie" Knudsen, the Chevelle filled the gap for
Chevrolet with sales of 338,286 for the year.
Originally conceived as an upsizing of the Chevy II with a unibody
platform which originated with the XP-726 program, GM's "senior
compact" A-platform used a body-on-frame construction using a
suspension setup similar to its full sized automobiles with a 4
link rear suspension.
The Chevelle Super Sport, or SS represented Chevrolet's entry into
the muscle car battle. Early 1964 and 1965 Chevelles had a Malibu
SS badge on the rear quarter panel.
The Chevelle SS396 became a series of its own in 1966 with
series/style numbers 13817 and 13867. The performance engines
available included three, 396 CID V8s - the standard, rated at 325
HP, an optional 360 HP, and an optional 375 HP. The SS396 series
lasted from 1966 through 1968 before being relegated to an option
package in 1969. The 1966 and 1967 model years were the only two
years of the 'strut back' 2-door sport coupe with its own style
1966 saw a complete restyle of the Chevelle on the previous frame
that included smooth contours, a broad new grille and bumper
treatment, and curved side windows. Bulging rear fender lines and a
"flying buttress" roofline tunneled into the "C" pillar were
highlights of the '66 hardtops. The new body reflected the "Coke
bottle" body shape that became the fad for American cars in the
The 1967 models received a facelift. Large wraparound taillamps
went into a new rear end with standard backup lights. "What you'll
see inside," claimed the sales brochure for the 1967 Chevelle,
"will probably bring on a severe compulsion to go driving." Front
disc brakes were available on all models, and a new dual master
cylinder brake system incorporated a warning light. Chevrolet also
added 14" wheels and a three speed automatic transmission to their
line of transmissions. New safety equipment became standard,
including a collapsible steering column. The SS396 continued as its
own series with both sport coupe and convertible body styles. The
375-horsepower 396-cubic-inch V8 was dropped from the options list
until late in the model year and returned with 612 being sold.
Seven transmissions were available: two manual three-speeds, two
manual four-speeds, an overdrive three-speed, and two automatics.
The manual-shift feature of the Turbo Hydra-Matic transmission was
featured. Options included Superlift air shock absorbers,
Strato-ease headrests, and special instrumentation.
This NUMBERS MATCHING 1967 Chevelle SS396 is extremely rare and has
been completely restored to its original glory. Finished in
beautiful Sierra Fawn with Black Vinyl Top and gold interior. This
SS396 is completely original and stock with its 325HP V8 and Turbo
400 Hydramatic Transmission. With Original Console with clock,
Bucket Seats, Floor Shifter, Power Brakes, Power Steering, SS Wheel
Covers, Red Line Tires, this amazing example has been restored by
Ron Krause and is a show winner receiving scores of 984 and 996 out
Many original parts were used in this ground-up restoration
including the original California Emissions Smog Pump. Built at the
Fremont, California plant, this Chevelle is a documented 3 owner
car and may be the earliest production number in existence with its
011 serial number.
Featured in Chevy Times Magazine, you will be hard pressed to find
another Chevelle SS396 restored to this level. With its ownership
history, low production California production date, this is one of
the rarest and unique SS396 in existence.
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