Chevrolet, a brand that epitomized American automotive excellence during the 1960s, left an indelible mark on the nation's car culture. The 1966 Chevrolet Chevelle stands as a testament to this era, embodying the essence of American spirit through its unadorned and robust design. Unveiled to the public, it became an instant classic, a symbol of grit and inherent power. The 1966 Chevelle Malibu SS 396 presented here is no ordinary classic; it has undergone an extensive restoration with a touch of modern performance enhancements, making it a truly unique machine. With a mere 320 miles showing on the odometer, this Chevelle has been reimagined and is now poised to find a new home.
The exterior of this Chevelle exudes the classic charm of its era, resplendent in a striking marine blue finish. Its bold and unapologetic design, characterized by sharp, angular lines, commands attention wherever it roams. Notable exterior features include a Supersport hood, energy suspension mount body kit, and a complete glass kit. Billet Specialties Mag-GH wheels adorn both front and rear, accentuating the car's strong presence. The owner's meticulous approach extends to the bodywork, which has been subjected to a thorough process, including cleaning and phosphate treatment, multiple coats of Featherfill primer, base coat application, and meticulous hand-sanding and buffing, resulting in an impeccable finish. The interior of this Chevelle exudes a tasteful blend of original aesthetics and modern convenience. The seats, reportedly original, maintain their authentic charm, while original or OEM handles, fittings, door panels, and trim have been thoughtfully retained. The cabin boasts a Vintage Air heating and ventilation system, Dakota digital VHX gauges, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. The black interior, with its meticulous attention to detail, creates an ambiance that is both captivating and inviting.
Under the hood resides a formidable 396ci V8 engine, derived from an original Chevrolet 396 but subjected to a comprehensive rebuild. With an overbore resulting in a displacement of 414ci and a redline of 6,500rpm, this powerplant is a marvel of modern performance engineering. Meticulously assembled with new components, re-machined surfaces, and precision-balanced crankshaft, it exudes both power and reliability. Complementing this formidable engine is a Holley Terminator EFI system and a manual transmission - a fully-rebuilt Muncie four-speed with a Hurst shifter. The car's enhanced chassis and suspension, featuring tubular control arms, sway bars, a Borgeson polished steering joint, an Ididit tilt steering column, and Shwartz Performance front and rear suspension on a powder-coated chassis, ensure that this Chevelle delivers its performance with confidence and precision.
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