Chevrolet Chevelle Malibu SS 396/360 Sport Coupe

Closely following the rare Z16 of 1965, the Super Sport sub-series was only available with big-block power for 1966. Based on the Malibu hardtop and convertible, the SS 396 combined sculpted “coke bottle” styling with a long options list and purposeful Super Sport appearance features, resulting in one of the most desirable and enduring Chevrolet muscle cars of the 1960s.

For 1966, the 396 “Turbo-Jet” V8 was available in two levels, with the base RPO L35 unit producing 325 hp. For those seeking more performance, the optional L34 V8 generated 360 hp with the benefit of a strengthened block, a larger carburetor and a higher-lift, longer-duration hydraulic camshaft.

While 15-second quarter-mile times were recorded in period road tests of the L34 Chevelle with the small bias-ply tires of the era, it was easily transformed into a serious drag strip contender with slicks, headers and basic tuning. However, the SS 396 offered more than straight-line performance with higher-rate coil springs and a 15/16-inch front stabilizer bar.

This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in June of 2010, at the Town and Country Resort & Convention Center, San Diego, California.

This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in June of 2010 at the Town and Country Resort & Convention Center, San Diego, California.

360 hp, 396 cu. in. RPO L34 V8 engine, single four-barrel carburetor, Muncie four-speed manual transmission, independent front suspension with unequal-length A-arms, coil springs and stabilizer bar, four-link rear suspension with coil springs, four-wheel hydraulic brakes. Wheelbase: 115"

Source: RM Auctions
Photo Credit: Copyright Darin Schnabel

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