1967 Chevrolet Chevelle SS396
Like the Tri-Five Chevys that came before it, the Chevelle is one
of those cars GM aced right out of the gate and continued to
perfect. Eventually, the marque became one of the strongest brands
in automotive history; and at one point, with a full list of body
styles, options, trim grades, color combinations, and engines which
ranged from mild to outrageous, literally embodied the 'custom
built' nature that defines the muscle car era.
Over the past few years, we've certainly seen some nice Chevelle
SS396's come through our Hallowed Halls. This example will have you
singing the blues as it is all buttoned up with a rebuilt engine,
new clutch, rebuilt suspension and carpet. It is sporting a 396ci
V8 and has a Quadrajet to feed it copious amounts of gas. The paint
is good, and the interior has been refreshed. Turn the key and make
some smoke and noise and impress your Chevy friends and make your
Ford enemies frown!
As we gaze into the Marina blue metal covered exterior our eyes
skim past some uneven gaps, new perfect trimmings in chrome and
stainless, especially the new front bumper, door handles, new
correct badges, dual headlights, a bumped hood with new louvers,
and clear spot free windows. The sheet metal and paint present with
some inclusions, inconsistent application, and evidence of body
filler seen on all of the lower body panels. That aside, I love the
back design of this car with its flying buttress B pillars framing
the rear glass and melting into the trunk lid with wrap around rear
quarter taillights, and SS and 396 badging with a horizontal black
band just above the bumper, emphasizing the "wide trac" look. A
redo of the 14-inch deep dish rally wheels which now have shiny
beauty rings rings and centers, all wrapped in blackwall radial
rubber finishes off the combination well.
Swing the black vinyl covered door frame open to the interior, and
what do you now have? The interior! Yes, it's snappy, yes, it's
sexy, yes, it's like new with its smooth low back black vinyl
buckets trimmed with chromed edging. Give the back of the car
permission to place a bench that stretches from side to side for
some extra passengers to enjoy your driving, and mimic the buckets,
and you are in...1967 heaven. Racing through the buckets is a black
vinyl molded center console complete with a Hurst shifter. This
console, ending upfront and looking at that original dash with
black padded top overhanging a black strip of applique that runs
underneath from door top door. Directly in the midst of this level
in front of the driver is the original instrument cluster level.
The Panasonic AM/FM radio is in the center and button for the
passenger glove box in front of the passenger seat all finished
with a faux wood look. Then level 4 where we note a large black
metal painted panel with 5 rows of controls from vent to outlets to
heat to defrost to fan speed to just plain fresh air. Then the
basement if you will with a hanging trio of volts, oil pressure and
water temp aftermarket gauges....bring on the oohs and aaaaahs!
Also note a factory steering wheel, in good condition with its
chrome horn ring. New black carpet in clean condition floods these
floors and above a nicely tightened black vinyl headliner is all
Underneath the dual vented, chrome louvered hood is a
period-correct but not original, rebuilt 396ci V8. Well done and
complete with orange painted block, an aluminum intake manifold, a
new 4-barrel Quadrajet carb atop, and chrome dress ups for the
valve covers and air cleaner assembly. On the back is a
non-original Muncie M20 4-speed manual transmission sporting a new
clutch disc and in the way back is a 12-bolt rear that has 3.31
posi gears. This engine bay has just recently been repainted and
detailed, and it looks just fab!
Very well preserved and restored with nicely painted black frame
and flooring with only minor surface rust peeking through. Our
consignor states that new full floors have been installed along
with new trunk panels. Power drum brakes are on all 4 corners, and
we note new motor mounts as well as a new transmission mount. For
the front suspension, an independent coil spring is the style with
new control arms and coil springs and on the rear is a 4 link with
new coil springs. Dual exhaust leads down from the bottom of the
leak free engine and snakes it's way rearward with a pair of
Flowmaster mufflers on board.
Started right up and ran like a 1967 Chevelle SS396ci V8 4 bbl
should. Good braking, smooth shifting, and decent cornering, it can
get a little happy on the back if you get too goosey with the boot.
A few frowns were noted on our drive, the horn didn't blow, the
wipers didn't wipe, the heater blower didn't blow, the radio
wouldn't belt out any tunes on either the AM or FM band, and the
brake lights didn't light up upon deceleration.
Overall, a nice example of the Chevelle in SS396 trim with a few
mechanical and cosmetic frowns but still a wicked fast driver. A
like new interior along with redone flooring and trunk, new
suspension components and a rebuilt big block V8. Now occupying our
East Mallway and ready to run circles around your competition.
17-2 Door Hardtop Sport Coupe
B-Baltimore, MD Assy Plant
167584-Sequential Unit Number
04A-1st Week April Build
ST 67 13817-1967 Malibu SS396
BDY BAL6240-Baltimore Body #
TR 763-Black Imitation Leather Buckets
PNT FF-Marina Blue
Classic Auto Mall is a 336,000-square foot classic and special
interest automobile showroom, featuring over 650 vehicles for sale
with showroom space for up to 1,000 vehicles. Also, a 400 vehicle
barn find collection is on display.
This vehicle is located in our showroom in Morgantown,
Pennsylvania, conveniently located just 1-hour west of Philadelphia
on the I-76 Pennsylvania Turnpike. The website is
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