When you think of Chevrolet muscle cars, the Chevelle is definitely the among first that comes to your mind. It was produced between 1964 and 1977 and now it looks like the company may have plans to bring it back onto the market. Or at least this is what can gather from GM’s last move — its application for the "Chevelle" trademark on December 4, 2012 in the "Exterior badges for vehicles" category of Goods and Services.
Also, starting March 22, 2013, the application’s status changed to "Non-Final Action – Mailed," meaning that others can object to GM securing the mark, so that the company can move to finalize the registration of the mark.
This move, along with the new rules that no longer allow companies to trademark without solid proof that the name trademark will be used, makes us believe that we are soon going to see a new Chevelle added to Chevrolet’s lineup.
It is very possible that this trademark means a production version of the CODE 130R concept will arrive on the market sooner than expected. We’ll see.
Happy Monday, folks. To kick off the work week, we’re gonna pump a little adrenaline in you with this ultra-modern and super-powerful 1970 Chevelle. Sure, it’s not a Lamborghini , Maserati or Bugatti , but it sure impressed the hell out of the Big Muscle cast.
Mike Musto’s Big Muscle show features a pretty amazing muscle car, a 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle. This particular model is owned by Mark Bachman and is powered by a LS2 V-8 engine that delivers a total of 580 horsepower and 530 pound-feet of torque. Along with the new engine, this special Chevelle received a Global West suspension, a new set of billet wheels and a set of grip-heavy Wilwood brakes.
The body is draped in a rusty orange tone that looks a little shocking at first, but it definitely grows on you. Around the body, Bachman added small accents of chrome to the wheel-arch trim, front and rear bumpers, and grille. The balance of chrome is absolutely perfect when combined with the rusty-orange exterior.
Mark Bachman also installed a stunning interior with lots of leather, loads of grunt and just about every modern convenience you could ask for – navigation, A/C, rain-sensing wipers, etc. With all of these updates, the 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle has managed to blur the lines between old and new.
Watch the above video and you will learn a little more about what an amazing car the 1970 Chevelle is. Enjoy!
I am a huge fan of the Chevelle and it’s definitely my favorite muscle car, but there is a limit to my love, and that limit stops after the 1972 model year. Not only did the Chevelle get strangled by 1973 Emission regulations, but Chevy also gave the Chevelle a very poor redesign. Those two happenings were pretty much the death of the Chevelle and ultimately resulted in most of us not thinking of the Chevelle beyond its first and second generations.
So when we read about a third-gen Chevelle that has been modified and restored, we just have to have a look. Big Muscle gave us a great look at Sean Rich’s 1973 Chevelle Pro Touring and we received a nice surprise.
Under the hood is a bad-ass 350 cubic-inch V-8 that’s good for about 400 ponies, which is just enough to give this 4,000-pound sedan a little pop, but not enough to get you into trouble. It also boasts 17 x 9-inch Crager Soft-8 wheels on the front, wrapped in 285/40R17 tires and 17 x 10.5-inch Crager Soft-8 wheels on the rear with 315/35R17 tires. All of that extra meat helps this massive sled actually take corners with some confidence.
In addition, Rich installed 6-piston front calipers, but left the rear drum brakes. He also installed a Tremec T-56 transmission to toss those 400 ponies to the rear wheels.
What really sets this car off is its dark theme. It boasts a coat of perfectly laid dark grey paint and the rims are a very similar dark grey color. This allows the Chevelle to look good without adding too much focus on the awkward 1973 styling. It’s a far better choice of color than the bright yellow that Rich originally painted it, that’s for sure.
Check out the above video to see Big Muscle’s full piece on the car. It is definitely worth spending 12 minutes to watch.
Cloned classic cars are everywhere. Heck even my dad has a cloned 1966 Chevelle SS. There is one difference between my dad, along with most other cloners, and one Bobby Patton, they have no problem admitting that their vehicle is officially a clone.
Mr. Patton apparently purchased a 1965 Chevy Chevelle from a gentleman and figured out that there is one extremely rare model in 1965 that the average person wouldn’t recognize from a regular old Chevelle. This model is the 1965 Chevelle Z16 , which features a boxed frame, different engine stampings, special badges, different rear end, and the most obvious one, a unique VIN.
After tricking some car show judges into giving him a nice collection of trophies, Mr. Patton decided he was going to try and make a quick buck off of this clone by auctioning it off. Well, the problem is that he didn’t identify the vehicle as a clone, but as one of the few Z16s in the world, and was trying to get a cool $100K out of it.
The crack detective team at Chevelles.com sniffed out this fraud and began a conversation with the man that was auctioning the car. The conversations were not accusatory, but instead an attempt to help the guy realize that whoever sold him that car had tricked him. One of the folks talking to Mr. Patton pointed out numerous errors with the vehicle, including a homemade cowl VIN tag, incorrect speedometer, wrong engine stamping, wrong frame, and many other things.
Obviously, the guy kept pressing the issue and it took several days for him to come to his senses and pull the car from the auction site. That was a little too long, as someone reported him to the Ohio State Highway Patrol and they paid him a nice visit.
He claimed to have purchased the car that way, but the cops found out from the original owner that the car was badged, titled, and sold as a Chevelle 327SS, not a Z16 . A long story short, now his car is impounded and he is serving two years of probation. Who would have known cloning a car could cause such issues?
The Chevelle was one of the most impressive models offered by Chevrolet in the 1964 through 1977 model years, and although there have been rumors circulating about a possible revival, nothing ever really happened to encourage that rumor to be more. That is, until now. According to Jalopnik, Chevrolet will be offering a "surprise concept" next week at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show that will preview the return of the historic Chevelle.
According to their source, Jalopnik says that this concept will be a "retro-styled compact-ish car" translated into a concept that is "smaller than a mid-size sedan but bigger than a toaster." Great, we’re glad they cleared that up. It also seems as though Chevrolet has trademarked the "Chicane" name so it is very possible that the concept will come bearing that name when it lands in the Motor City.
Let’s just hope this rumor does hold water because after two years of Chevelle revival nonsense, we’re about due for some concrete information, and maybe we’ll get just that next week in Detroit. Stay tuned!
The early 60s all the way up to the 70s was a golden age for the American automotive industry if only for the simple fact that muscle cars were growing not just in number, but in overall stature. The muscle car arms race of the that time yielded plenty of options for customers looking for more power and metal-twisting torque from these vehicles. And the models only grew in popularity as more and more people began clamoring for the biggest, baddest, and most powerful machines.
The general appeal these muscle cars offered to the growing American car culture of the time was the opportunity to own powerful cars that could be used for drag racing while also keeping costs at bay. At that time, a number of brands began developing their own models, including legendary names like the Ford Mustang , the Chevrolet Camaro , the Plymouth Barracuda, the Pontiac Trans-Am , and the Dodge Charger , to name a few.
While the golden age of American muscle was limited to parts of these two decades, the industry has enjoyed a renaissance of sorts in recent years. It’s not going to compare to the 60s or the 70s, but as proven by customer clamoring, the culture of American muscle cars is far from bearing its last legs.
To pay tribute to the time where muscle was king of the road - and the drag strip - we have compiled a list of the 10 most memorable muscle cars of the golden age.
The Chevelle was one of the most successful nameplates in Chevrolet’s history. It was produced from 1964 to 1977 in three different generations and four distinct body styles: Coupe, Sedan, Convertible, and Station Wagon. With 34 years of Chevelle-less history, it was only a matter of time before someone thought it was a good idea to bring back the Chevelle in some sort of revival vehicle.
This blast from the past comes to us as the Chevrolet "Corvelle" and was put together by an unknown builder that thought it would be a great idea to combine the chassis from a 1968 Chevelle and just about everything else from a 2007 Corvette . Only 15% of the Chevelle was left when the Corvette’s components were added in and the end result is a seamless construction of two Chevrolet icons.
The Chevrolet Corvelle will be put up for auction by RK Motors for $109,900. It is painted in the same LeMans Blue that was available on the ’68 Chevelle and the ’07 Corvette. Power will comes from a 6.0 liter LS2 V8 engine that delivers 400 HP and 400 lb-ft of torque mated to a 6-speed manual transmission.
Hit the jump to read more about the Chevrolet Corvelle Convertible.
Built by Route 66 Motorsports, this 1970 Chevelle SS is the third in a series of specially enhanced muscle cars developed for American Heroes. The car will be auctioned at Barrett-Jackson on June 26, with all the proceeds going to the Armed Forces Foundation.
Starting with a donated 1970 Chevelle, Route 66 added a new suspension, a new brake system, an LSA intercooled and supercharged engine mated to a TCI Automotive 6x 6-speed 4L80E transmission, a K&N air filtration system, Autorad radiator system, Lucas Oil Products synthetic lubricants, Edelbrock LS package of headers, exhaust, and motor mounts.
National Parts Depot supplied all the replacement body panels to allow Route 66 Motorsports’ artisans to paint this car with PPG Industries black. Additional exterior trim parts were supplied by National Parts Depot, along with taillight and exterior accent components from Fesser Built. Route 66 Parts also supplied additional exterior parts while the final finish was treated to the full array of Route 66 Exotic Coatings wax products for superior gloss and protection.
This is the third year Project American Heroes is used to raise funds for the Armed Forces Foundation. The first one raised a total of $130,000 and the second raised $500,000.
In 1978 Chevrolet droped the production of the Chevelle and replace it with the Malibu. In 2009 the Chvelle will be launched again and will be based on the Chevrolet SS (Super Sport) Concept that was unveiled at the 2003 North American International Auto Show that was intended to be a modern version of past SS vehicles, such as the Camaro and Chevelle.
The Chevrolet Chevelle debuted for the 1964 model year as a mid-size automobile from Chevrolet. It was basically a smaller version of the Impala. It was produced throughout the remainder of the 1960s and 1970s and was one of General Motors’ most successful models. Chevelle models ranged from economical family cars to powerful coupes and convertibles. The Malibu was at first the top trim level of the Chevelle line, and it replaced the Chevelle name entirely after 1977.