Part of the General Motors A-Body platform, the Chevelle was one of Chevrolet's most successful nameplates. Body styles include coupes, sedans, convertibles and station wagons. Super Sport versions were produced through the 1973 model year.
Ford released the mid-sized Fairlane in 1963, to which Chevrolet responded with the 1964 Chevelle based on a new A platform design. Riding on a 115-inch wheelbase, the new Chevelle was similar in size, simplicity, and concept to the standard-sized 1955-1957 Chevrolet models. The Chevelle was the U.S. auto industry's only all-new car for 1964 and was positioned to fill the gap between the small Chevy II and the full-sized Chevrolet models. Introduced in August 1963 by "Bunkie" Knudsen, the Chevelle filled the gap for Chevrolet with sales of 338,286 for the year.
Originally conceived as an upsizing of the Chevy II with a unibody platform which originated with the XP-726 program, GM's "senior compact" A-platform used a body-on-frame construction using a suspension setup similar to its full sized automobiles with a 4 link rear suspension.
The Chevelle Super Sport, or SS represented Chevrolet's entry into the muscle car battle. Early 1964 and 1965 Chevelles had a Malibu SS badge on the rear quarter panel.
The Chevelle SS396 became a series of its own in 1966 with series/style numbers 13817 and 13867. The performance engines available included three, 396 CID V8s – the standard, rated at 325 HP, an optional 360 HP, and an optional 375 HP. The SS396 series lasted from 1966 through 1968 before being relegated to an option package in 1969. The 1966 and 1967 model years were the only two years of the 'strut back' 2-door sport coupe with its own style number.
1966 saw a complete restyle of the Chevelle on the previous frame that included smooth contours, a broad new grille and bumper treatment, and curved side windows. Bulging rear fender lines and a "flying buttress" roofline tunneled into the "C" pillar were highlights of the '66 hardtops. The new body reflected the "Coke bottle" body shape that became the fad for American cars in the mid-1960s.
The 1967 models received a facelift. Large wraparound taillamps went into a new rear end with standard backup lights. "What you'll see inside," claimed the sales brochure for the 1967 Chevelle, "will probably bring on a severe compulsion to go driving." Front disc brakes were available on all models, and a new dual master cylinder brake system incorporated a warning light. Chevrolet also added 14" wheels and a three speed automatic transmission to their line of transmissions. New safety equipment became standard, including a collapsible steering column. The SS396 continued as its own series with both sport coupe and convertible body styles. The 375-horsepower 396-cubic-inch V8 was dropped from the options list until late in the model year and returned with 612 being sold. Seven transmissions were available: two manual three-speeds, two manual four-speeds, an overdrive three-speed, and two automatics. The manual-shift feature of the Turbo Hydra-Matic transmission was featured. Options included Superlift air shock absorbers, Strato-ease headrests, and special instrumentation.
This NUMBERS MATCHING 1967 Chevelle SS396 is extremely rare and has been completely restored to its original glory. Finished in beautiful Sierra Fawn with Black Vinyl Top and gold interior. This SS396 is completely original and stock with its 325HP V8 and Turbo 400 Hydramatic Transmission. With Original Console with clock, Bucket Seats, Floor Shifter, Power Brakes, Power Steering, SS Wheel Covers, Red Line Tires, this amazing example has been restored by Ron Krause and is a show winner receiving scores of 984 and 996 out of 1,000.
Many original parts were used in this ground-up restoration including the original California Emissions Smog Pump. Built at the Fremont, California plant, this Chevelle is a documented 3 owner car and may be the earliest production number in existence with its 011 serial number.
Featured in Chevy Times Magazine, you will be hard pressed to find another Chevelle SS396 restored to this level. With its ownership history, low production California production date, this is one of the rarest and unique SS396 in existence.
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