If you grew up around a set of wrenches, you know nothing screams “MUSCLE CAR!” louder than a Chevelle SS454. And even though the Mopar camp does a pretty good job of representing brute force, and the blue oval boys had their fair share of big engine glory, terms like “LS5”, “big block” and “Super Sport” are probably some of the first sounds you remember hearing. Thankfully the significance of those terms only grows with time and education, making cars like this impressive LS5-equipped Chevelle all the more desirable. And presently, decked in classic white on black war paint, this award-winning Chevy is the product of an extensive, body-off restoration that fostered a return to factory glory and then some. If you’re looking to own one of the world’s most sought after muscle cars, this show stopping Super Sport is sorted, polished and ready to please!
Hailing from GM’s acclaimed Kansas City manufacturing facility, this stunning LS5 Super Sport is the beneficiary of a high quality, body-off restoration that’s so nice it schools factory survivors. After professional metalwork, which resulted in a straight and solid profile, the car’s panels were layered in correct Tuxedo Black basecoat, accented with Classic White rally stripes and sealed in a thick clearcoat shell. Once that clearcoat was allotted sufficient drying time, its surfaces were sanded and buffed into a ripple-free finish that’s literally as smooth as glass. And today, this top dog Chevelle sits as a spectacular piece of iconic American muscle that’s detailed to better-than-new standards.
Many enthusiasts believe the ’70 Chevelle introduced a host of excellent refinements that transformed the ‘good’ design of Chevrolet’s ’69 model into something ‘great’. At the front of this sinister coupe, a familiar crossbar grille hangs a prominent “SS” emblem between a small “CHEVELLE” script, four stainless-trimmed T3s and a fresh chrome bumper. Above that bumper, a functional cowl induction hood anchors rebuilt hide-a-way wipers between new glass, traditional lanyards and pristine stainless trim. At the base of that trim, bright “SS454” badges combine with straight wheel frames, traditional door handles and a flashy chrome mirror to add visual detail to the car’s liquid smooth profile. And at the back of that profile, a second chrome bumper centers a black Super Sport inlay between clear brake lights, a classy “Chevelle by Chevrolet” emblem and spotless stainless exhaust tips.
In 1970, if you wanted a top-of-the-line Chevelle, you had two options. You could order an LS6 car and put up with a moody, uncivilized big block that didn’t like running accessories. Or you could order an LS5 car and have a nicely optioned, well-rounded performer that stomped pretty much anything on the street. Either way you’d have an awesome ride, but the irony of the situation is: LS5 cars are actually RARER than LS6 cars! Rolling out of the factory with an impressive 360 horsepower and massive 500 lb./ft. of torque, this Chevelle’s correct LS5 454 is fully rebuilt and ready for show. At the top of the big engine, a functional cowl induction system forces wind into a single-snorkel air cleaner that’s cinched to a familiar Quadrajet carburetor. At the sides of that carburetor, mirror-like valve covers loom new Packard TV R Suppression cables above correct heads and fully restored exhaust manifolds. At the back of those manifolds, a traditional points distributor stands between a new wiper motor and fresh Delco Moraine brake booster. Opposite that booster, a shrouded radiator circulates water through new GM hoses and reproduction tower clamps. And at the side of those clamps, a fresh Delco Energizer jolts a newly rebuilt alternator. Naturally, the car’s Satin Black engine bay and Chevy Orange block are highlighted by a series of factory-accurate markings. And all of the engine’s belts, hardware and stainless lines are in the kind of excellent, showroom-fresh condition that ensures big points and great performance.
In case you’re wondering, the bottom of this Chevelle is just as clean and correctly restored as its straight body panels and pristine engine bay. The car’s rust-free floors are covered in slick Red Oxide. Its fully restored F41 heavy duty suspension, which includes thicker coils, heavy duty shocks, a larger diameter front sway bar, a standard rear sway bar, boxed rear control arms and upper rear cross braces, appears to be in better-than-new condition. Behind the big block, a rugged Muncie Rock Crusher twists power to a 12-bolt, posi-traction rear axle that’s built around familiar, 3.31 gears. At the sides of that drivetrain, a chambered, true-dual exhaust system funnels charred dinos through small resonators and spotless stainless tips. At the sides of that exhaust, power front disc and rear drum brakes combine with traditional power steering to provide modern handling ability. At the sides of those brakes, attractive Super Sport wheels spin great looking F70-14 Goodyear Polyglas Custom Wide Treads around clean, “SS” branded center caps. And while this Chevy’s specs sound pretty straight forward, the quality of its restoration is simply remarkable!
Featuring a host of new components, and decked in what is arguably one of the coolest colors offered for the 1970 model year, this Chevelle’s correctly restored GM code 787 Medium Red interior is both inviting and unique. Its slick bench seats are firm to the touch, showing no signs of detrimental wear and tear. In front of those seats, a crack-free dash hangs standard Super Sport gauges between a chrome rearview mirror and correct Delco radio. Below that dash, clean red carpet centers a chrome Muncie shifter between Fisher sills and thick, color-keyed floor mats. At the sides of that carpet, pick-free door panels align spotless stainless trim and prerequisite “SS” emblems on bright chrome handles and pliable red armrests. In front of the driver, a simple, “SS” branded steering wheel keeps everything pointed straight. And behind the passengers, a fully restored trunk anchors a full-size spare and correct jack assembly between a new mat and fresh decklid decals.
Naturally, this pristine Super Sport is the recipient of many distinguished awards. Here’s a detailed list of the plaques included with our sale:
* Show Class Outstanding Award from the 2013 Memphis Super Chevy Show
* Spinner Concours Silver Award from the 2010 Super Chevy Chevy/Vettefest
* Class Winner Award from the 2008 Memphis Super Chevy Show
* Car Show Editor’s Choice Award from the 2007 Tulsa Super Chevy Show
* Class Winner Award from the 2007 Tulsa Super Chevy Show
The sale of this awesome Chevy includes a stack of restoration receipts and a book of restoration photos.
At roughly half the cost and twice the fun of a numbers matching piece, this killer Chevelle is the total package! With a powerful 454, a tough Muncie Rock Crusher and a first class restoration, it’s a fully-sorted classic that virtually spells the term “bragging rights”. If you’re ready to add some fresh firepower to your automotive arsenal, don’t miss the chance to take home this storied Chevrolet legend!