Black
Black
540 V8
5 Speed Manual
  • Frame off restoration
  • 540cid V8 / 650hp
  • Tremec 3550 5-speed manual
  • Ford 9-inch / 4.30 gears
  • Fully upgraded suspension
  • Wilwood four-wheel discs
  • 18-inch Intro Kingsman wheels

Whenever the terms “big block” and “Chevelle” come together, a good time is pretty much guaranteed. From factory screamers like the sought-after LS5 and LS6 cars to full on racers, the A-body is a proven platform for making even the wildest performance dreams come true. Regardless if your dreams take place on a drag strip, autocross course or a manicured show field, this amazing 1970 Chevelle has what it takes to send you home with a trophy. Fresh out of an extensive restoration, this mid-size features a potent 650hp big block, a suspension comprised of some of the best pieces available and a look that makes the car's intentions clear from the first glance. If you've been looking for a head-turning muscle car with an intense hatred for back tires, stop your search here.

This sinister Chevelle left the Arlington, Texas assembly line with a V8, black bucket seat interior and glossy black paint. The car can still be summed up using those terms but it would be an injustice not to delve into the details. For starters, the paintwork is genuinely impressive. It takes a lot of patience to make black paint look good and this car wears it like a pro, offering deep clear reflections from practically any angle. Just above the beltline, a thick silver stripe adds depth to a part of the body usually lost within monochromatic paint. That stripe is matched on the hood, giving it a look reminiscent of the Stinger-style hoods found on various generations of Corvette. Look closely and you'll find the details are in place as well. Panel gaps are tight and even all around and the doors open and close with minimal effort.

Between 1968 and 1972, Chevrolet did a lot of tweaking on the Chevelle. While each of those years has its finer points, the '70 is arguably the most popular. A big part of that appeal comes from the front end which is easily recognized thanks to its combination of dual headlights and crossbar grille. Below, a clean chrome bumper makes room for parking lights and a license plate mount. Above the grille, chrome hood pins secure the factory-style cowl hood in place. Over forty years later, watching the flapper door open can still put a smile on the face of just about any car guy. Aside from the bright wheel well moldings and chrome door handles, the side profile features next to no ornamentation – only a sea of black and silver. Above the silver, fresh glass surrounded by clean trim furthers the car's cleanly appearance. Out back, a second chrome bumper integrates the stock taillights and familiar black bumper pad complete with “SS” badging.

Few cars fit the “muscle car” description better than a Chevelle so, when it comes to building one, there better be some power on tap. This A-body doesn't disappoint, offering 540 cubic inches of V8 good for roughly 650hp and 650lb ft of torque. The core is a Dart “Big M” block dressed in a coat of Chevy orange. Dart Pro I aluminum heads sit on either side, framing a high-rise intake topped with a Holley four-barrel carburetor. The front of the engine spins a Weiand Team G water pump between the alternator and power steering pump while cooling is provided by a massive Artic Chill aluminum radiator that offers mounting space for the dual electric fan setup. Turn the key and the big block roars to life before settling into an aggressive rumble, amplified by headers connected to a true dual exhaust system with Pypes mufflers. It's not a bad engine to look at either. The satin air cleaner cover and polished aluminum valve covers combine with pieces like the polished hood hinges and Wilwood master cylinder to create a performance oriented bay that doesn't skimp on visual appeal.

Put this Chevelle on a lift and overall build quality truly comes into focus. Rock solid floor pans covered in satin black paint create the perfect backdrop for a chassis optimized with parts from some of the best names in the business. In the center, a Tremec 3550 five-speed manual transmission makes quick work of shifting before channeling power back to a bulletproof 9-inch differential packed with 4.30 gears. The suspension is just as capable as the drivetrain thanks to a long list of upgrades. Up front, Detroit Speed tubular control arms and drop spindles pair with QA1 shocks and an upgraded sway bar for a tight front end ready for anything the road throws at it. Out back, stout Global West lower control arms pair with Hotchkis adjustable uppers, stiff springs and another pair of QA1's to keep the rear end planted. In the corners, the Wilwood four-wheel disc brakes are a welcome addition as is the power steering setup. At the corners, a set of Intro Kingmans in sizes 18x8 and 18x10 fill the wheel wells with style, wrapped in fresh Continental Extreme Contact tires.

Between the doors, the original charm remains intact thanks to a restored black interior. Bucket seats with headrests provide the perfect place to enjoy the view from, divided by a pristine factory console that makes room for a Hurst shifter and some bonus storage space. From the driver seat, the square stock dash hosts the familiar trio of speedometer, tachometer and clock. Smaller factory gauges keep an eye on fuel, temperature and amperage while two digital Autometer gauges monitor water temperature and oil pressure from beneath the dash. In the center, climate controls and a FM radio fill in the space above the shifter while a three-spoke steering wheel connects driver to car. At either side, immaculate door panels continue the square shape of the dash, offering window cranks, armrests and “SS” badging that carries the performance theme inside. From the carpet up, every surface presents well, bringing all the classic lines of a stock interior to this modern pavement pounder. Behind the rear seat, the trunk is equally nice with black carpet and tastefully finished side panels.

Overall, this '70 Chevelle is a homerun. The build quality is beyond reproach and the pieces used could probably fund a few years at an Ivy League college. With 650hp on tap, a slick-shifting five-speed transmission and a suspension capable of using every bit of that power, you'll run out of gas and tire tread long before the smile on your face wears off. If that sounds like a good way to spend your weekends, act quickly. This one won't be here long.

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