Bold School: 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS

Ah, the 1970 Chevelle SS.  Name any field of human endeavor: boxing, football, music, whatever. Chances are, there’s an endless debate raging among its fans over who is the greatest of all time. Frazier or Ali? Peyton Manning or Tom Brady? Beethoven or Mozart? These kinds of discussions can get heated at times, but they express the passion that’s ignited by the fans and lovers of that endeavor.  The muscle car world is no different. If the 1970 Chevelle with the SS 454 package wasn’t the fastest production muscle car ever built, then it certainly came close. The obscenely large engine came with components like four-bolt main bearings, heavy-duty connecting rods, oversized exhaust valves, a solid lifter camshaft, and nodular iron bearing caps. It topped out at close to 500 horses, went from 0 to 60 in under 5.5 seconds, and did the standing quarter mile in 13.81 seconds at 103.8 MPH. Compression ratio was an insane 11:25:1. Stick it on a runway and jet passengers might try to board it. PHOTOS: See more of the 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS That’s not to say that the optional 396 Chevy big-block wasn’t a hell of an engine in its own right. 0 to 60 in 5.8 seconds is nothing to sneeze at. It’s a bit of automotive trivia that the 396 engine was actually 402 cubic inches. With its 325 horses and Holley four-barrel, it finished the quarter mile in 14.41 seconds at 97.35 MPH, and that was with the stock automatic tranny. PHOTOS: See more of the 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS396 The ’70 Chevelle SS was a great looking car, in both its hardtop and convertible versions. It had a bold front with dual headlights and black and silver grille. Depending on the package you ordered, a new one would set you back between $3,100 and $3,500 in 1970 dollars.

Bold School: 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS

One thing is for sure– Detroit will never turn out another piece of steel like this one. The writers at Car Life magazine seemed to sense this. “It's fair to say that the Supercar as we know it may have gone as far as it's going." They wrote in their article about the ’70 Chevelle SS. Sadly, they were right. THE BASICS Make: Chevrolet Model: Chevelle Year: 1970 Engine: 6.5L V8 Horsepower: 325 - 375 Car Type: Classic, Muscle Car

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