The Chevelle was Chevy’s mid-size model, and its SS (Super Sport) version became one of the most popular muscle cars of all time. Here are a few Chevelles that we’ve run across recently.
1964 Chevelle SS
Introduced in 1964, the Chevrolet Chevelle was originally available with 283- and 327-cid small-block V-8s with up to 300 bhp. This ’64 sports a Chevy 355 small block.
In 1965, a Z16 option was installed in in 201 Chevelles, which added a 375 bhp, 396 cid big-block engine, and things took off from there.
In 1966, Chevy spun off the Chevelle SS 396 a separate model, and they sold more than 72,000 cars that year alone. A new standard V-8 made even the base 1966 Chevrolet Chevelle a genuine big-block muscle machine, like the one pictured here.
The 1967 Chevrolet Chevelle was again improved with better tires, available front disc brakes, and a new transmission.
Thanks to great new sheet metal design and affordable pricing, the 1968 Chevelle SS 396 became America’s most-popular muscle car.
The 1969 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 396 brought midsize Chevy muscle to an unprecedented array of body styles. The COPO models, which stood for “Central Office Production Order” helped create some immortal muscle cars, including the 1969 Chevrolet Chevelle COPO 427.
In 1970, Chevelle SS power peaked with the 450-bhp LS6 version of the 454-cid V-8. The 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 454 packing the LS6 V-8 was among the quickest muscle cars ever.