Nothing says high performance like a bright red 1969 Chevelle SS, and when you add a big block to the mix, the result is a car that will make you grin like an escaped convict every time you drive it. There''s no question that if you''re going to restore a Chevelle, you may as well go all-out and add the SS upgrades that improve performance and looks. This particular hardtop features super straight sheetmetal that takes no liberties with the original design; it even still has a stock hood and it''s nice to see one without the ubiquitous stripes. The ''69s featured clean styling and a forward-looking stance that makes them look fast just sitting still, and the brilliant red paint certainly emphasizes that impression. Beautifully done, the paint is about a mile deep and shines the way only modern technology can, and with just a modicum of care, it will look this good for years to come. A proper SS grille has been fitted up front and SS396 badges are on the flanks and tail panel to complete the illusion. Chrome and other bright pieces have been polished up before being reinstalled, and it''s all quite neatly done. A lovely black interior anchored by matching carpets is the perfect choice, especially if you intend to spend a lot of time behind the wheel. Beautifully restored with correct new seat covers and door panels, it looks fresh and extremely tidy. The honesty of this car with its original bench seat and column shifter means that they were focusing on the important stuff, you know, the things that make it go faster. All the gauges are in good shape with clear lenses and bright markings, and the original radio has been upgraded to a digital AM/FM unit that still looks right in the 1969 dashboard. This car also came from the factory with air conditioning, which is now backed by modern components under the skin and R134a refrigerant for easy maintenance. In that sea of black upholstery, the new woodgrained steering wheel stands out, adding a touch of warmth to the otherwise all-business interior. Once glance in the trunk will also reassure you that this is a straight, clean car. With 396 cubic inches under the hood, performance is obviously impressive. The big V8 was fully rebuilt just 150 miles ago and beautifully detailed. The open-element air cleaner funnels the air, while an Edelbrock intake and a 4-barrel carburetor handle the rest. Proper Chevy Orange paint was used on the block and heads, with bright custom aluminum valve covers spelling out ''Heartbeat in Chevy script give it a mild custom look. Power steering and power front disc brakes are always nice to have on your big block cruiser, as is the TH400 3-speed automatic transmission that makes performance as easy as planting your right foot. Underneath, there''s a fresh dual exhaust system with ceramic-coated long-tube Hedman headers and throaty Flowmaster mufflers, plus a 10-bolt rear end with 3.31 gears inside. Handsome 15-inch Torque Thrust style wheels are a timeless addition, and wear 225/70/15 Kumho radials. A slick Chevelle doesn''t have to be expensive to be fun, and this big block SS has all the right parts. Call today! This vehicle is located in our Charlotte showroom. For more information, please call (704) 598-2130 or toll free (866) 542-8392.