Black Cherry Metallic
White
454 V8
3 Speed Automatic

You can tell just from how this car sits that it isn't a garden-variety Chevelle. It's not radical, and I don't even know that I would go so far as to call it a resto-mod, but it definitely has a swagger. Powered by an LS5 big block and finished in heartbreaking Black Cherry metallic paint with a gorgeous black and white interior, there are few more attractive Chevelles anywhere.

With just over 1600 miles since a comprehensive frame-off restoration, you know this car is nice. We have photos of the restoration showing it on the rotisserie being finished top and bottom, and yes, it's every bit as nice as it looks in photos. The 1970 Chevelle is arguably the most attractive of the breed, with wonderful proportions and rounded fenders that seem to hug the wheels and tires on this car. Black Cherry is one of those colors that seem to bring out the best aspects of the Chevelles shape, from the crease that runs from front to back, to the slightly flared fender openings, to the pointed trunk lid everything is on display. Fortunately, the workmanship was excellent, and this is a tight-fitting car that seals up properly and doesn't squeak and rattle itself to pieces as you head down the road. Adding white SS stripes delivers the perfect contrast, reminding you that there's a lot of horsepower underneath.

The chrome bumpers are lovely, with the proper black SS strip in back, and the blacked-out SS grille up front is fresh. SS454 badges on the flanks give ample warning to would-be racers at the stop light, just in case the cars predatory exhaust rumble didn't tip them off. The cowl induction hood is fully functional, and wears new badging, which, combined with the hood pins gives it a very race-ready look (which was exactly the point in 1970). All the stainless has either been polished or replaced, including the wheel well moldings and the glass looks so nice I have to believe it's new.

While it often gets lost in the shadow of the other big block offered in 1970, the LS5 is actually less common and much friendlier on the street. With pump-gas-friendly compression, hydraulic lifters, and almost as much torque, it's an engine that pulls the Chevelle around effortlessly and will definitely surprise guys in other cars who aren't paying attention. Fully rebuilt and beautifully detailed, the engine runs like a watch with great highway manners and a lopey idle that hammers out the exhaust like the beat of a blacksmiths hammer. The engine looks fantastic in the satin black engine bay, glowing in its fresh Chevy Orange paint and showing off with a set of bright chrome valve covers. The restorer obviously invested a lot of effort in correct finishes and colors, and the result is an engine bay that looks better than new in every way. All the hoses are new, including the A/C lines (which has been converted to R134a refrigerant), correct hose clamps were used on the coolant lines, and an authentic heater control valve. Power steering and brakes are part of the LS5’s option list, too, making this car a pleasure to drive anywhere, anytime.

With a TH400 3-speed automatic and a 12-bolt Posi with 3.31 gears, it's a superlative cruiser. The entire chassis was stripped and refinished from bare steel, and correct colors and materials have been used wherever possible. The floors are clean because they're brand new, the suspension has been rebuilt with lowering springs to give it that crouching stance, and the power front disc brakes are fresh. A new dual exhaust system with a pair of performance mufflers gives it an incredible sound and terminates in a pair of chrome tips under the rear bumper. That lowered stance is responsible for some scuffs on the front cross member, but otherwise the chassis is excellent. Rolling stock is composed of lovely 17-inch polished Torque Thrust wheels wearing 245/45/17 performance radials.

I can imagine no better interior choice than white buckets with black dash and carpets for this car. The white is dazzling when you open the door, but once your eyes adjust, you'll find a luxury-laden drivers compartment that belies the thumping big block under the hood. We've already mentioned the factory A/C that has been upgraded to modern specs, but look closer and you'll see things like a center console with that oh-so-cool horseshoe shifter, power windows, power locks, and a tilt steering column. A correct round-face gauge cluster includes a tachometer and a clock, and the markings are so crisp that I think the gauges look better than new. Correct SS badges adorn the steering wheel and door panels and the original radio still lives in the dash, which I like. So often on a car like this, the originals get tossed in favor of a modern head unit. Everything is new and professionally fitted, and the trunk is finished with a new mat, full-sized spare tire and jack assembly.

As I mentioned earlier, we have a complete file on the restoration that includes photos of the entire process, and you can see that no shortcuts were taken with this killer Chevelle.

If you love the 1970 Chevelle (and who doesn't?), but are maybe looking for something that isn't just like everyone else's, this is the car for you. Only the wheels, tires, and springs have been changed, but it transforms the entire cars appearance, and when parked next to a stock Chevelle this is the one that draws people's eyes. With stunning execution, an incredible paint job, and that eye-popping interior, ID hate to be the guy forced to park next to this Black Cherry coupe at the next cruise night. And with tons of options, it's a comfortable cruiser that is a pleasure to drive, yet has enough power to dispatch all but the hairiest of competitors. I don't know about you, but I think I've just found a new favorite Chevelle. Call today!

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