This is American muscle done right. First off, we absolutely love the Cortez Silver and Black SS stripe color combination on this dialed-in Chevelle. Professionally built to a solid driver-quality finish, the sleek metallic paint always looks right on the A-body and you can see from our photos how it highlights the dramatic body lines that are obscured with some of the more ordinary colors we see on these cars.
Much of the black bucket seat interior was replaced or restored during the restoration and the work was expertly completed to a nice standard, resulting in a sporty cabin that’s all-day comfortable. Buckets in an SS are the only way to fly, and you’ll find it’s easy to get comfortable behind the thick-rimmed SS steering wheel. Plush black carpets are the correct pile and thickness and insulate the cabin from the outside world, while the matching SS door panels and taut black headliner pull everything together nicely.
It fires easily and rumbles like it’s making a threat at idle, and you can be sure that there’s big torque everywhere on the tach. A giant radiator keeps it cool without much effort, and thanks to the built TH400 43-speed automatic transmission and stall convertor, it’s still a relatively civilized cruiser at speed. The undercarriage isn’t detailed for show but the hardware is clean and about what you’d expect on a Chevelle of this caliber, including the throaty 3-inch custom dual exhaust with electric cut-outs, and a heavy-duty 12-bolt rear end hanging on boxed control arms.