Please take a good look at this 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS396 because it's an exceptional car. Not only was it restored to its original Autumn Gold-over-Gold color combination – a rare sight in times like these when everyone wants a black, or red, or silver Chevelle – but it also boasts its numbers-matching 396 V8, TH400, and even the original 12-bolt rear end. It's not often we see 1970 Chevelles restored back to stock, as everyone seems to think they can improve upon the original design (they're usually wrong). However, rarer still do we find an example that's been so well-cared for and still carries its entire original drivetrain. And with choice options like power steering and power front disc brakes, and good provenance like a factory build sheet, it's easy to see why this '70 Chevelle is so special indeed.
Code 58 Autumn Gold has never looked as good as it does on the world-famous, iconic Coke-bottle styling of the 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle. Even though it was a fairly common color on the Chevelles/Monte Carlos/El Caminos back in the day, it's all the rage to paint those cars red, black, and silver these days, so many of these immensely cool original shades are often forgotten. Thankfully the owners of this highly original Chevelle were conscientious enough to leave well enough alone when it came to factory specs because Autumn Gold is such a great color that looks sporty yet sophisticated, and timeless despite its long tenure as a GM paint option. The contrast of the subtle hue with brutal black SS stripes on what is arguably the pinnacle of muscle car evolution makes for one heck of an appealing package. Years ago, the paint was done to a show-quality level – stripped to bare metal and reportedly finished with six layers of Gold, four coats of black stripes, and four coats of clear – and that hard work has paid off because it's still holding up today. It's obvious this car always had great gaps and straight sheet metal, and because the paintwork was laid down the right way, the curb appeal is off-the-charts. With that being said, it's not without imperfections today – a couple of bubbles and some other miscellaneous blemishes here and there – but overall, this Chevelle still looks great, far better than you'd expect from a 20+-year-old restoration. That's the direct result of excellent care, light use, and dry storage every time it was parked, meaning this 1970 Chevelle is a turn-key, driver-grade solid example. All the chrome and stainless trim shine bright, including the big bumpers fore and aft, the SS grille, and the wheel arch molding, adding another layer of bling to the glossy presentation.
As far as we can tell, the interior is also almost entirely original, or at the very least, was restored to stock specs many moons ago. Regardless, the cabin certainly has that 'survivor' look and feel, and for such an original car, that's perfectly fine in our book. Contrary to popular belief, many SS models were equipped with bench seats, and these sport Medium Gold River cloth/vinyl hides have held up exceptionally well considering their age. Sure, there are some wear marks in the high-traffic areas, but all the surfaces are still well-padded, in handsome shape, and supremely comfortable. The door panels show age with the typical patina discoloration that old GM vinyl shows after decades of prolonged use, the headliner has a few holes, and the carpet looks a bit faded. However, everything is there and still serviceable, and a cosmetic refresh wouldn't be that hard to embark on. Remarkably, the dash pad is free of any cracks or significant bowing, which tells us this Chevelle was never left out in the sun for long stretches, and even the original SS steering wheel is still in place. Those are SS-spec gauges beyond it, and even though the lenses are a tad cloudy, they're operational. A trio of auxiliary units was added underneath to help keep a closer eye on the big block. The only aftermarket additions are floormats and an AM/FM/Cassette player. It joins a modest options list that includes a working heater/defrost unit, seatbelts fore and aft, and factory-tinted glass. Out back, the trunk is original and honest (in keeping with the theme of the entire car), and it houses what is very likely the original bias-ply spare tire and jack set.
The engine is the original, numbers-matching L34 396/350HP V8, and according to a previous owner, it was rebuilt by legendary GM builder Doug Myers. Although we may not have the paperwork to back-up that claim, we've little reason to second-guess it. The owner drove it into our showroom from several hundred miles away without issue. The engine bay looks 100% stock, down to the Chevy Orange paint on the block and intake, the polished valve covers, and chrome air cleaner, and other than the upgraded Edelbrock 4-barrel carburetor and signs of maintenance throughout, it's like looking through a time capsule back to 1970. The numbers TH400 3-speed automatic shifts smoothly, spinning the original 3.31-geared 12-bolt posi-traction rear end, and the F41 performance suspension handles all that power with great aplomb. Power front disc brakes and power steering vastly improve the driving experience, and the upgraded Pypes dual exhaust system strikes the perfect note for the big block. 14-inch SS wheels are the ideal endcaps wrapped in 225/60/14 front and 245/60/14 rear BFG radials.
Frame-up restored and featuring loads of original equipment. This numbers-matching '70 Chevelle perfectly balances a pedigreed classic and driver-ready cruiser. Call today!