Modeled by the slick coke bottle styling of the time, the 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS remains one of the most aesthetically stunning cars to date. Not only does it look good, it also puts other muscle cars to shame, in terms of power. A fun fact about this Chevy is that it is one of the last muscle car models before emission limits were brought on by the government, making engines less powerful. New safety standards forced automakers to make bumpers from sturdier and heavier metals, further reducing performance. That was, in itself, a great setback to the muscle car industry at the time.
On the other hand, this 1970 Chevelle SS was powered by the 450 horsepower SS 454 engine, which was more rocket than it was car, capable of reaching speeds as high as 142 mph. Although this might not seem crazy fast in comparison to today’s standards, the fact of the matter is that this car is almost 50 years old with a V8 engine, one that was originally developed for aircraft. Keeping that in mind, and the fact that the car weighs a ton, is clear proof of just how remarkable this Chevy really was and is, and that is why this is truly the ultimate king of muscle cars.
The 1970 Chevelle SS comes with either an automatic or four speed transmission, which results in not that much of a difference in speed. Naturally, in skilled hands, the four speed transmission should always prevail between the two. However, the automatic one has much more in the way of convenience and the front seat looks less cluttered without a gear stick as well. There is something to say for both models, but at the end of the day the owner knows what he/she likes best. In any case, four speed or automatic, this car is one of the rarest and most sought after in the world. No sane car collector would think twice simply because of the kind of transmission it has.
Originally featuring a bench seat, there was the option of bucket seats soon after, either seat being a viable option. It also has amazingly sturdy upholstery and carpeting, and it would be no surprise if you found a 1970 Chevy that was not in mint condition on the outside, but still retained its original interior. Of course, 50 years is a long time, and that might be too much to ask for. Whether it’s the car’s paint, parts, or body damage, one some things will have to be fixed, changed, repainted, and yes, even replaced.
Being a limited edition vehicle, the number of 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle cars produced is under 50,000 units, while the Super Sport 454 option package models are less than 9,000. That makes a perfectly preserved 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS very rare, and even more valuable. It’s something that every car enthusiast can appreciate and what every car collection needs. You have to consider how many of those Chevy’s are long gone or simply past saving. Let’s just hope whoever has them takes good care of them, so they can stay around for a long time!