Chevelle Super Sport
Documented Numbers Matching Chevelle SS Convertible 396
The first questions we usually get on Chevrolet SS vehicles is; "Is it a real SS?" Unlike many Chevys with ambiguous numbers from the factory, with this 1967 Chevelle, we can answer without hesitation that it is, indeed, a real code 138 SS car. That means that there's a 13867 in both the VIN and on the trim tag, proof that this one rolled out of the factory with SS gear and a 396 under the hood. This one also carries the original build sheet from under the rear seat, further cementing this cars position as a documented, investment grade Super Sport.
But wait, it gets better. This car was discovered in 2003 after 25 years of dry storage, and was remarkably well preserved, including all the sheetmetal and floors. In fact, most of the original paint was still clinging to the body with no signs of rot, damage, or previous repairs. The following two years were spent on a no-expenses-spared restoration to concours quality, and this car has already won at some of the highest levels possible. The paint is rare and unusual code m Royal Plum, although the trim tag calls for Sierra Fawn. After you see the results of the first-class paint job, you won't complain at all. Working from all-original panels means that fit and alignment can be exacting, and you don't have to waste time getting the new stuff to line up with the original pieces. That leaves more resources to dedicate to more mundane tasks like block sanding, which is the key to a show-stopping paint job such as this. The stunning finish on this car could only be achieved by using modern urethanes, and the way it glows in the sunlight is something that only existed in designers imaginations back in 67. When the guys who built this car dreamed, this is what the car looked like.
Chrome and stainless has been entirely refinished, from the beautifully restored front and rear bumpers, to the unique SS grille, to the cool cast inserts in the hood that look like they should do something other than look cool. The unique SS tail panel is faultless satin black, framed by a set of the nicest tail lights I've ever seen on one of these cars. Correct Super Sport and CHEVELLE badges have been installed in the correct places, and the 396 crossed flag emblems on the front fenders are no lie. Fresh tinted glass throughout the car is the only way to ensure that everything is at the same uniformly high level.
For you numbers guys out there, the engine is a correct code ED 396/325 4-barrel V8 for a 3- or 4-speed manual transmission. Professionally rebuilt, it runs smoothly and powerfully, and has none of the issues you'd normally expect from a car that sees limited highway use. No Chevy engine ever looked this good coming out of the factory doors, and the finish is as shiny as the exterior of most production cars of the era. Chrome valve covers were standard equipment on the SS 396 engines across the board, and it adds a nice bit of flash to match the air cleaner lid. Power steering and power brakes make this car a pleasure to drive at any speed, and all the details like hoses and clamps have been properly installed. There's not a single bolt that isn't correct, no wires that are out of place, and the original cowl tag remains fastened by its original rivets as a testament to how clean and well-preserved this car really was.
It is just as crisply detailed underneath, but if you're expecting body-colored floors and a ton of over-restored brightwork, you might be disappointed. However, if you're a specialist, you'll probably appreciate how accurately done this car is. The transmission is a correct Muncie M21 4-speed manual driving a 12-bolt full of 3.45 gears on a Posi. Satin black is the order of the day, but the finish is uniform and crisply defined, leaving no doubt as to the care used in the construction of this car. The power brakes have been rebuilt, the suspension is all-new with correct spiral shocks, and the correct cadmium plated bolts have been used where appropriate. A fresh Gardener reproduction exhaust system looks and sounds like it would have in 1967, with a healthy rumble that doesn't get out of hand. Beautiful Rally wheels wear correct F70-14 Firestone Wide Oval redline tires as original.
That glittering white bucket seat interior is 100% new and is dazzling next to the Royal Plum paint. The seats are so brilliant that you need sunglasses to look at them, but the black carpets and dash control the white overload nicely. The optional center console is beautifully restored with a clock front and center and a correct shifter with a polished knob as original. The dash has been refinished and the markings are crisp and clear, probably better than new. There's a tachometer discreetly tucked into the left corner of the dash, which is probably a good idea with the rip-snorting 396 under the hood and a 4-speed by your side. Door panels, carpets, and even the glove box liner are all new components that show zero wear. A white vinyl convertible top finishes the car off, and is so tight and well-fitted that you're tempted to tap on it just to be sure there's no metal underneath.
This car has already won some big awards, including first place in the 1966-67 original restored class at the 2006 ACES Northeast Regional show, where it also won the Crystal Class award. Since it was completed it has been stored in a climate controlled environment and driven just 163 miles. Documentation includes an original owner's manual, a convertible top operator's manual, and the aforementioned build sheet from under the back seat (and still completely legible). There's also a complete restoration album showing the entire project start to finish, and it's clear that this is an exceptional car.
Correct, documented, with a high-dollar restoration you won't find much to complain about on this car. It's simply stunning in person, and while the color isn't the original finish for this car, you'll forget that tidbit the instant the crowd forms around it when you park at a show. Immaculately detailed and thoroughly documented, this is a car built to compete and you can show it with confidence. It's also a ball to drive, but that's a decision you'll have to make yourself after you get it home. That big block is going to be hard to resist once you experience the torque running through the 4-speed, and there's nothing quite like a powerful 60s convertible to make you feel like a kid again. Go price a frame-off restoration, then give this one another look it will only get better. Call today!
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