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Car Spot: 1970 Chevelle SS

Classic 70’s muscle car

Even though new EPA emissions rules were just around the corner, car companies still managed to make fun cars like this weeks car spot, a 1970 Chevelle SS. The name “chevelle” has been speculated as influenced by the gazelle and Chevrolet combined, as a smaller sedan to the Impala. Doing 0-60 in 4.4 seconds it earned its name.

This SS 396 Chevelle included a 350 horsepower Turbo-Jet 396 V8, special suspension, “power dome” hood, black-accented grille, resilient rear-bumper insert, and wide-oval tires on sport wheels.

“You can make our tough one even tougher,” the brochure explained, by adding Cowl Induction. Step on the gas, and a scoop opened “to shoot an extra breath of cool air into the engine air intake….like second wind to a distance runner.” I heard this car before I saw it come in the parking lot where I work. Friends know that when I hear the rumble of a big V8 engine I have little interest in whatever else is going on. You know, like the shiny bright object:)

While the 454 is worth more than the 396, $130,000 according to Hagerty in Concours condition, these hold their own. Concours condition is $96, 100. Excellent, $82,800, Good, $66,000 and Fair, $50,000. Judging by the looks of this one with the great shape it’s in I’m thinking at least Excellent. And with just 49,826 produced, values are trending up.

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to check back again next week for another one of my car spots along with some history. Have a great weekend.

Car Spot: 1969 Firebird Convertible

A better buy than its Camaro cousin?

So which is better, the Camaro or the Firebird? You’d get great arguments for both of them. The owner of this 1969 Firebird convertible would certainly argue for his ride. This one is cherry and I’ve seen it here before at the golf course that I work at during the summer months.

The first generation Firebird had the same Coke bottle styling shared as, the Camaro but the Firebird’s bumpers were integrated into the design of the front end, a Pontiac trend. The Firebird’s rear slit taillights were inspired by the 1966–1967 Pontiac GTO.

This body style was not the Pontiac pep’s first choice. They had been working on a two-seat sports car based on the Banshee concept but you know GM. Don’t mess with the Corvette, it’s our king, so this was what they ended up with. Not too shabby though.

While this is clearly a V8, I’m not sure which. It could have been the 350 with either a two- or four-bbl carb, 265/325 hp, or the 400 four-bbl, 330 hp.

What’s it worth? If it has the 350 in it, according to Hagerty, $15,000 for one in Fair condition all the way up to $67,000 in Concours. If it has the larger 400, its value bumps up to $20,000 in Fair condition all the way up to $95,000 in Concours. But how can you put a price on having the top down on a warm Summer day, especially here in Wisconsin where the season is so short.

Be sure to check back next Friday for another car spot along with a little bit of history. Have a great weekend.

Chasing Classic Cars: 1969 Camaro SS

Participant in the Woodward Dream Cruise

Hagerty_ss_cameroI have to put this on my bucket list, going to the Woodward Dream Cruise held every year in August. Born in 1995, it’s a celebration of Detroit’s golden age and all things automotive. As many as 40,000 muscle cars, classics and customs line Woodward Avenue each August, with 1.5 million spectators there to watch.

One of the cars there was a 1969 Camaro SS owned by Hagerty’s who took the car as a basket case and turned it into this gem.