Chevelle SS 396
BUILT 396 CI, 4-SPEED, CUSTOM INTERIOR, SHOW-QUALITY PAINT, 12 BOLT, 3K ON RESTO
This brutal 1969 Chevrolet Chevelle SS396 was built for just one thing, and it sure wasn't getting groceries. It brings a stout big block, fantastic color combination, and a strong-arm attitude to the table, and as a result it's pretty hard to resist.
You just can't go wrong with basic black, as they did on this slick Chevelle. No distracting SS stripes, no blacked-out trim, just a great paint job that lets the quality do the talking. Despite being done in the early 2000s, it's still nice enough to see your reflection without distortions, and on a black car there's just no place for bad bodywork to hide, you either get it right or you start all over. Although it's been a few years, the paint on this car can still proudly compete at just about any show you find. The flat hood is a welcome relief from all the cowl-induction units you usually see and it helps this car keep a somewhat low profile on the street. Although we don't have a build sheet to prove authentic SS396 pedigree from the factory, it carries correct SS gear, including the blacked-out grille and badge on the rear valence, and you just know guys are going to spot the '396' emblems and know something's up, but that's OK, this car doesn't have to worry about much on the street. The chrome is nicely done and has the right shine for a car approaching its 45th birthday and the vivid red taillight lenses seem even brighter on a black car like this.
You'd expect a basic black bucket seat interior in this sinister SS, but and they went one better by covering the stock seats with black and red leather. It's a little (OK, a lot) flashier than the original stuff, but the horizontal stitching looks OEM and there's a matching red bowtie emblem on the front seat backs. There's no center console, but on a car built for combat it's just dead weight, and once people see that Hurst cue ball sticking out of the transmission tunnel, they know this car is serious about performance. The original gauges have been augmented by a trio of Auto Meter auxiliary gauges underneath, and the dash pad is in excellent shape. An AM/FM radio with digital tuning slots neatly into the original radio's location and uses period-looking knobs to complete the illusion. The trunk is a bit nicer than stock, with full carpeting throughout that also helps control noise, making this SS a fine long-distance cruiser, too.
The big block under the hood has been rebuilt and punched out to 402 cubes along with a few extras to deliver an estimated 480 horsepower punch when you nail the throttle. If you can touch it, it's probably new, from the 4-barrel carburetor and aluminum intake, to the new distributor and MSD ignition, all of which have less than 3500 miles on them. A few splashes of chrome like the valve covers, air filter, and water pump neck give you something to look at whenever you pop the hood, and you can tell they spent extra time to get everything arranged just so to look its best. Underneath, it's very clean, with a slick-shifting 4-speed gearbox driving a 12-bolt rear, a fresh gas tank, and recent shocks all around. The exhaust system features long-tube headers, huge pipes, and Flowmaster mufflers for a great sound, and it rolls on classic chrome Rallys with 225/70/15 BFGoodrich radials.
Great Chevelles always combine performance and looks in one easy-to-love package, and this SS is proof. Call today!
- Engine Type
- Engine Size
- 396 V8
- Transmission Type
- Body Or Basic Color
- Body Style
- 3,450 (Unknown)
- Interior Or Basic Color
- Center Console