Chevelle Super Sport
Frame Off Restored Chevelle SS Convertible 396 V8 TH400
- 396 cubic inch L35 V8 which produces 325 horsepower
- Turbo-Hydramatic 400 3-speed automatic transmission
- Power steering
- Power front disc and rear drum brakes
- Frame-off rotisserie restoration that was completed this year
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. The challenge then, was for the customer to pick a car which optimized every aspect of that variety while not being too unlivable or boring. And whoever rebuilt this paint shop fresh 1969 Chevelle Super Sport probably came as close as you can to having it all. First, the car's drop top roof optimizes sunny summer afternoons. Secondly, its powerful big block L35 V8 is tame enough to cruise on the highway, yet strong enough to own the stoplight. And finally, its ominous Tuxedo Black on red color combination is one of the best looking paint schemes to ever adorn any Chevrolet. And when you add those desirable traits to a fresh frame-off restoration that has barely ever seen daylight, you get one incredible muscle car. If you're in the market for a top notch example of one of the best all-around Chevrolets ever produced, your next classic is ready and waiting here at RK Motors Charlotte!
Although this slick Chevelle's cowl tag says it originally wore an attractive coat of GM code 57 Fathom Green, there won't be many guys who argue its sinister GM code 10 Tuxedo Black urethane isn't a big improvement. And to their credit, the restorers did more than just spray fresh paint, they got the body straight, the gaps exact, and the panels flat and wave-free. Of course, one quick look tells us this convertible's 2012 restoration WAS more than just the 'deal of the week' treatment. And in fact, careful examination reveals a frame-off nut and bolt rebuild during which no expense was spared to restore every square inch of the car's sculpted metal to better-than-new condition. Fortunately, the previous owner saw no reason to take any liberties with the car's factory sheetmetal; and if any of that sheetmetal was replaced, the work is virtually invisible. Today, this top notch Super Sport is a solid and tight muscle car which combines the best aspects of big block Chevrolet performance with the kind of gratuitous fun and old school style that only a classic drop top can provide.
Widely regarded as some of the most underrated work to ever leave a GM design studio, the 1969 Chevelle wears a distinctly sculpted body with tapered front fenders, a rounded beltline and Chevrolet's hallmark long-hood/short-deck profile. At the front of that profile, four clear headlights flank a traditional black Super Sport grille which centers a prominent “SS 396” emblem between laser straight bars and a fresh chrome bumper. At the top of that grille a showroom fresh “Chevelle by Chevrolet” script, which perfectly complements chrome SS-exclusive hood louvers, occupies the driver's side of the car's header panel. Behind that header emblem, like-new glass is cleared by fresh stainless wipers, framed by new stainless trim and capped by a vinyl top that's complete with a glass rear window. At the base of that glass, a correct chrome mirror and traditional chrome door handles combine with correct “SS396” fender emblems and dent-free stainless wheel well trim to give the car a nice, finished appearance. And at the back of the profile, deluxe Super Sport tail lights hang between a second “Chevelle by Chevrolet” emblem, two spotless exhaust tips and a traditional black decklid cove which centers a fourth “SS396” emblem above a second body-width chrome bumper.
If you walked into your local Chevrolet dealer in 1969 and said you wanted a Chevelle with a great combination of power and livability, chances are you'd receive an engine just like the 396 cubic inch L35 V8 you see here. Wearing a correct 3955272 casting number, this impressive mill utilizes a nodular iron crankshaft, hydraulic lifters, oval port closed chamber heads, and two-bolt main caps to turn stout 10.25 to 1 compression into a nice, round 325 horsepower. At the top of that big block, wind is forced through a correctly decaled, open element air filter into a familiar Quadrajet 4-barrel carburetor and a traditional cast iron intake manifold. At the sides of that intake, mirror-like valve covers, which are complete with a pre-requisite Tonawanda sticker, loom modern Taylor performance plug wires above fully restored exhaust manifolds. And at the back of that intake, a fresh points distributor rides beside a new wiper motor, a fresh brake booster and a fully rebuilt master cylinder. Cooling is provided by a correct radiator that rides in front of a correctly shrouded seven blade fan. And spark is supplied by a reproduction Delco Energizer battery. Naturally the car's satin black engine bay, from its correctly painted Chevy block to its showroom fresh decals, is fully detailed and ready for show. And all belts, hardware and stainless lines are in the kind of excellent, showroom fresh condition that ensures both big points and great performance.
Underneath this Chevelle, 'better-than-new' is the prevalent theme with freshly restored floors hanging over a spotless, highly detailed chassis. Behind the stout big block, a smooth shifting Turbo-Hydramatic 400 3-speed transmission sends power to a familiar 12 bolt Posi-traction rear end that's equipped with easy driving gears. Holding that killer drivetrain off the ground is a fully rebuilt double A-arm front and four link rear suspension which features fresh coils, new KYB shocks and a larger diameter front sway bar. And providing greatly improved turns and modern car stops is factory optioned power steering and correct, fully rebuilt power front disc and power rear drum brakes. At the center of the car, restored manifolds dump spent gases into an aluminized true dual exhaust system which is complete with deep rumbling factory replacement mufflers. At the corners of the car, correctly painted 14 inch Super Sport wheels spin vintage looking G70-14 Firestone Wide Oval tires around pristine trim rings and correct “SS” branded center caps. And naturally, the bottom of this Chevelle is pristine in every way with every square inch of its fully restored hardware completely detailed to both show and go!
The great thing about a black car is the sheer amount of contrast its paint applies to literally any other pigment in the spectrum. And by their very nature, red interiors are spectacular as long as the vinyl used is rich, brilliant and consistent from one component to another. This Chevelle's freshly rebuilt front bucket and rear bench seats show no virtually wear at all and blend seamlessly with the car's new red carpet and fresh rubber floor mats. In front of those seats, a traditional black instrument panel hangs a trio of rebuilt gauges next to a correct Delco radio and a chrome button for the car's power top. Between those seats, an ornate, black and red console frames a chrome horseshoe shifter in pristine stainless trim. And at the sides of those seats, fade-free red door panels center new chrome handles and fresh “SS396” badges between pliable armrests and bright chrome accents. In front of the driver, a satin finished GM Rally wheel spins a color-keyed rim around a traditional red, white and blue Chevrolet horn button. And behind the cockpit, a pristine, red convertible cowl buttons down over a fully restored trunk which includes a correct mat, a full-size spare tire, a correct bumper jack and correct decklid decals.
Recently we've seen a lot of excellent Chevelles come through our RK Motors Charlotte showroom; and while they're all super nice cars, nothing beats the experience of cruising a pristine convertible! This awesome 1969 Super Sport is an iconic car which wraps one of the hottest powertrains ever produced in a first rate restoration and a highly desirable color combination. If you're looking for a fantastic cruiser that sounds great and has plenty of power, we have your car!