1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 396
Survivor 4 Speed
1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 396
- One Owner Example with 32k Miles
- All Original - Not Restored
- Autumn Gold with Black Vinyl Roof and Black Cloth Seats
- 396 V8 350hp L34
- 4 Speed Manual and Posi
- Cowl Induction Hood
- Original Price Sheet
- Ordered New at Max Hoffman Chevrolet of Grabill, Indiana
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Heacock Classics: “In the hierarchy of the street, circa 1970, there were the Big Dogs and then there was everyone else.”
HorsepowerMemories,com: “ Ask just about any muscle car aficionado his favorite muscle cars and chances are, the 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS ranks high on that list. In fact, many Chevrolet enthusiasts and collectors consider this car to be the marque's zenith in terms of performance, styling, and horsepower. The Chevrolet Chevelle SS sported several new styling cues for 1970. The car's modern design featured a new grille, hood, front bumper, and front fenders. Changes out back included new rear styling and taillights and backup lights integrated into the rear bumper. The interior featured a new instrument panel along with a new instrument cluster and controls. It was a new car for a new decade with aggressive styling to match its wicked attitude.”
And where these cars stand as classics? Put simply: “The past is gone. The future may never see a car like this. It is one of the brutes, and all it needs is a way of staying in contact with terra firma.” - Steve Kelly, Hot Rod Magazine, May 1970
The 1970 Chevelle SS 396 offered here is a classic-classic: A one-owner, unrestored, all-original example with just 32,448 miles on its odometer. This is a historic, Chevrolet-performance, muscle-car-legend survivor. The car is extremely well-documented including the original factory “scheduled price sheet,” original owner's manual, and period photographs of the car and its owner family. Delivered new at Max Hoffman Chevrolet of Grabill, Indiana, the car's factory list featured a number of highly desirable options: Positraction rear axle (G80), 4-speed manual transmission (M20), cowl-induction hood (ZL2), and SS 396 Equipment (Z25).
The exterior Autumn Gold metallic paint shows beautifully, and the black vinyl top is flawless. All sheet metal is free of dings, dents, or other damage. (To best assess the quality of the paint and trim finishes, be sure to view the close-up photographs of the car in the accompanying gallery.) The twin black stripes (with surrounding, thin black outline stripes) flow across the high-rise hood and rear deck in the manner of the classic, late-Sixties Z28 cars. All factory badging is present and correct: The front grille wears the performance-identifier “SS” in its center, with a small “Chevelle” badge below. The trunk wears the correct “Chevelle” script badge with a lower-bumper-insert “SS” badge; “SS 396” fender emblems are in place. The original chrome bumpers have been beautifully maintained, as indeed has the brightwork across the rest of the Chevelle, including window trim, side mirrors, door handles, and the rear bumper hosting the four taillights. Lighting lenses and cabin glass are clear and perfectly free of cracks or other damage. Factory, 5-spoke styled steel wheels with “SS” center caps (all in excellent condition) are mounted with Firestone® Wide Oval raised-white-letter tires.
The black-themed interior remains virtually 100% stock and original (only a column-mounted Sun®8000-rpm tachometer has been added, much as it might have been back in the day). Door trim and roll-up windows are completely as-delivered-new. The seat upholstery is black vinyl with textured, vertically pleated cloth inserts (with small metal trim pieces) front and back, with no wear indications at all. The 2-spoke, “SS”-branded, woodgrain-trimmed sport steering wheel frames the stock black dashboard and instrument cluster. The factory AM radio remains mounted. Black cabin carpeting is in place. The car's trunk includes the full-size original spare tire; trunk surfaces are pristine. As with the rest of the car, nothing has been restored inside, it's all original and correct.
Opening the cowl hood reveals the legendary 396-cubic-inch V8 in the center of a clean and properly laid-out engine bay. Topped by a rubber-gasketed, open-sided air cleaner (routing air from the cowl-induction hood) properly wearing its original “396” crossed-flags label, the engine and its component surfaces are all correct and very clean. The engine block is Chevrolet-orange, the brake components are zinc-finished, and chrome valve covers are mounted. Viewed from below, the chassis is clean, complete, and undamaged. The stock dual-exhaust system is a focal point.
While the more than 155 high-definition photographs and the short walk-around-and-startup video available on the GarageKeptMotors website showcase this '70 Chevelle SS 396 in detail from every angle, including from below, we expect and encourage in-person inspections at our Grand Rapids, Michigan showroom. Please call to arrange an appointment in advance as our showroom is not open to the public. And feel free to get in touch anytime by phone or email if you have questions.
In concluding its write-up, HorsepowerMemories noted: “Reviewers that drove this car when it was introduced knew it was special, and that its time was short. Words like 'supercar' and 'earth mover' were used to describe its indomitable performance and bravado.” The truth is, those descriptions are still accurate today.