Chevrolet Chevelle SS 396 Convertible
By the time 1970 rolled around, the muscle car wars were at their height, and Chevrolet’s Chevelle SS 396 had been the company’s warhorse since 1966. At last GM relented and engines over 400 cubic inches were installed in the A-body series without COPO special orders. Two new LS5 and LS6 454 cubic inch models were launched, but the familiar SS 396 package RPO 25 was bought by an overwhelming 53,599 customers – a mix of coupes, convertibles and El Caminos.
The Chevelle was revised for 1970 with a more sculptured look and four headlights now smoothed-in alongside the grille. The RPO Z25 Super Sport package added $445.55, or 31% more than the cost of 1969’s Chevelle SS, but the base 325 hp engine was replaced by the 350 hp L34. The 396 cubic inch L34 big-block generated 350 horsepower and could power the car 0-60 in 8.1 seconds and a quarter mile in 15.5 seconds at 90.42 mph.
The SS 396 now came standard with F41 sports suspension, which included front and rear sway bars and stiffer springs. Buyers got power front disc brakes, F70 belted tires on 14 x 7, five-spoke SS wheels, chrome wheel openings and dual exhaust chrome tips. Black-out panels front and back were capped with SS emblems.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in June of 2010 at the Town and Country Resort & Convention Center, San Diego, California.
350 bhp, 396 cu. in. V8 engine, automatic transmission, independent front suspension, four-link rear suspension, unequal-length upper and lower control arms, coil springs and anti-roll bar, power disc brakes. Wheelbase: 112".
Source: RM Auctions
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