Marina Blue
Ivory
454 LS5 V8
3 Speed Automatic

If you watched the recent Scottsdale auctions, you already know that duplicating big-name muscle cars is big business. Last year, we featured a stunning black cherry 1970 Chevelle LS5 convertible that was about the most beautifully executed clone we’d ever seen, and it sold for $75K substantial sum to a very happy enthusiast.

But in reality, nothing compares to the real deal, especially when you’re talking about high-end investment-grade cars like this 1970 Chevelle SS convertible. Yes, it is a real SS, a real LS5 car, and has been authenticated by none other than Jerry MacNeish of Camaro High Performance. It packs a date-code correct engine and transmission, and has been highly detailed for show. Only 4574 LS5s were built in 1970, and of those, only a fraction were convertibles, making this a very rare piece indeed.

The cowl tag decodes properly, and it is the original trim tag:

ST70  1970 model year13667  Malibu convertibleB180116 Baltimore05B  Build date (second week of May, 1970)Paint code 28-B (Fathom Blue with black convertible top)Trim code 791 (Ivory bucket seat interior)

One of the more popular colors in 1970, Fathom Blue is a deep, rich metallic blue that looks spectacular on the smooth flanks of this Chevelle, and it’s also one of the most desirable colors today. Beautifully applied over first-rate bodywork using two-stage urethane, this car is show-ready today with nothing else needed. White SS stripes tie in perfectly with the Ivory interior and give it a traditional Chevelle performance look. Look at the way the panels line up and how even the gaps are all around—it’s rare to find this in a 41-year-old convertible, especially one that has been armed with a thumping big block its entire life. The cowl induction hood is fully functional, and the stripes have been embedded under the clear as is customary these days in high-end restorations. And it has all been wet sanded and buffed to a mirror-like shine.

Chrome, including the bumpers, hood pins, and badges, are all spectacular with no issues. The rear bumper features correct SS inserts, and the parking light and taillight lenses are fresh reproductions. There’s a lot of stainless trim on these cars as well, from the windshield surround to the wheel arches, and it has all been professionally straightened and polished until it matched the chrome’s brilliance. Glass is new all around, including the rear window on the snug-fitting convertible top.

The engine is a date-code correct replacement LS5 big block. It features a T0424CVQ assembly date, and it is a correct 454-360 horsepower V8 engine. The block number is 3963512, casting date D20-70. The engine block deck has been machined and sanded with sanding marks to make it appear original, which is crucial for points judging at the highest levels. Details are accurate throughout, from the hoses and clamps, to the Delco battery, to the freshly plated master cylinder and power brake booster. Chrome valve covers were part of the LS5 package, and combined with the bright Chevy Orange engine block and heads, the motor itself really pops inside this engine bay. Other details, colors, and markings are authentic, too. And in case you’re wondering, yes, it runs even better than it looks. Twist the key and it fires to life with a rumbling idle that tells you this is no ordinary grocery-getter Malibu, and the LS5 seems to have endless reserves of torque out on the open road.

This particular LS5 is backed by a durable M40 Turbo 400 3-speed automatic transmission, #413, with a 70-CR-1928 tag on right side of transmission. Like the engine, it’s correct for the car and extra steps have been taken to make it as authentic as possible for judging at the highest levels. Out back, a familiar Chevy 12-bolt rear packing 3.31 gears and a Posi unit transmits the power to the pavement. It sports a CCW0423B1 assembly date, with casting number 3969278NF on the pumpkin itself. The rest of the chassis is just as accurate, with satin black floors that show no signs of rust or previous damage. Correct shocks live at all four corners, with spiral shocks out back. An authentic dual exhaust system has been installed, correct down to the chrome tips under the rear bumper, and you’ll be delighted to see reproduction stickers and tags used throughout the chassis. 14-inch SS wheels wear reproduction F70-14 Goodyear Polyglas bias-ply tires, so this Chevelle rides and handles just as it would have when it was new.

Inside, you’ll find one of the most spectacular interiors we’ve seen in a long time. The Ivory looks simply amazing against the Fathom Blue paint, and is a much better choice than basic black, especially for a convertible that is going to spend a lot of time out in the sun. This is, of course, an original bucket seat car, and the interior has been fully restored to stock specifications. The seat-covers and foam are new, door panels are refreshed, and the dash pad has been replaced. Running down the center of it all is a full-length console with GM’s great-looking horseshoe shifter. The gauges look restored, with crisp faces and good chrome on the surrounds. New black carpets match the beautifully fitted black convertible top, which fits so snugly that there are no wrinkles or sags to be found. When it is folded, a new matching Ivory boot covers the top stack for a finished look. And in the trunk, spatter finish paint is protected by a correct trunk mat, matching spare tire, along with a complete jack assembly.

This is also a nicely documented car that includes items like the original owner’s manual and warranty booklet, as well as the original Protect-O-Plate which indicates that this car was sold new at Tom Gassett United Chevrolet, Inc., 495 Shrewsbury Street, Worcester, MA on September 27, 1970, likely making it among the last 1970 Chevelles sold before the 1971s started rolling out.

In today’s world of collector cars, it’s important to be careful with what you’re buying. The true investment-grade cars are those with documented proof that they are what they appear to be, and the best cars to own are those that have been correctly and authentically restored. This Chevelle is all that, being a real LS5 wearing its factory-issued colors, and carefully restored using date-code correct pieces. Oh, and it’s also beautifully finished and detailed to a level that will compete for trophies at any show. High-quality convertible Chevelles like this don’t come along often—look at our sold inventory and you’ll see only a handful, and none with this car’s pedigree. Then compare prices, and you’ll see that this one is a bargain. Call now!

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