2020 Chevy Chevelle SS Model – 2020 Chevy Chevelle SS
If you grew up about archetypal beef cars, afresh you grew up audition a lot of burghal legends. Mostly about underrated horsepower.
Baby boomers and Gen Xers bought into these beef car belief like a cult. For boomers, it’s accessible to see why they would appetite to bethink about the abundant automotive performers of their youth. For Gen Xers, so abounding of them grew up in a achievement vacuum. For over a decade, it was difficult to buy a new car which fabricated over 200 horsepower. So if you were a boyhood from the mid-70s all the way up to backward 80s, you wouldn’t acquire actually apparent annihilation to battling the allegory of pre-gas crisis beef cars.
Still, car enthusiasts from earlier ancestors can be adamant creatures. Unwavering in their affirmation that asleep technology is the best technology.
Say what you will about millennials and Gen Z, but they acquire no illusions about their heroes. And they’re much, abundant added accommodating to acquire that as the years cycle on, cars are abandoned accepting better.
Sure, we may dribble and get all cornball over a Nissan Skyline or Toyota Supra from the 90s—the aforementioned way a boomer or Gen Xer would for a archetypal beef car. But it’s because we apperceive that those cars can animate up to their reputation. They acquire to. Lest they be skewered in the YouTube animadversion section.
Your boilerplate archetypal Camaro or Mustang, though? Sorry Cruise Night goers, but they’re usually all case and no bite.
Perhaps one of the best mythologized beef cars, alfresco of annihilation cutting a Cobra or HEMI badge, is a big block, backward archetypal Chevrolet Chevelle SS. Like this one.
Nobody’s dad doesn’t like a 396-powered 1971 Chevelle SS. They were told their absolute activity that this was a affiliate of beef car ability and one of the fastest cars ever. Period.
(Go ahead, ask your dad what he thinks of a 1971 Chevelle SS. I’ll wait.)
And to be fair, it’s not as if the Chevelle hasn’t had its fair allotment of access on adolescent generations. Movies like Fast and Furious, John Wick, Drive, and Faster acquire helped accumulate the fable of the Chevelle SS alive.
Hell alike comedies like Dazed and Confused and Talladega Nights will accomplish you accept in the Chevelle SS as achievement legend.
If I’m honest, amid the access of my elders and pop culture, I too had bought into the fable of a Chevelle SS. It’s actually been one of my dream cars aback afore I could drive.
So aback Scott Vickers at Summit Ford, the gentlemen who owns this 1970 Boss 302 and this amazing beef car barn let me apperceive that he would anon be abacus a 1971 Chevelle SS to his collection, I jumped at the befalling to analysis it out.
This accurate 1971 Chevelle SS 396 is a chiral 4-speed car. As god intended.
It was originally accumulated in Oshawa, Ontario, and was delivered to the banker with all the trim and accessories you would acquire accepted to acquisition on an SS-optioned car.
Since then, the car has undergone a actually accurate apology (and alike comes with a adhesive abounding of acquirement records, the aboriginal owner’s chiral and apology photos, should you accede purchasing the car).
There are a few choices, however, in this car’s apology that feel actual bearing specific. I wouldn’t go so far as to alarm them “tasteless”. They’re added so aloof dated. Things which abide abandoned for the army at Good Guys car shows. Things which you hopefully wouldn’t bolt anyone beneath 35 accomplishing to their car.
What do I mean? Take the paint. The orange is arresting and a colour admixture you don’t generally see on Chevelles. However, it’s a 3-stage brownish fade. Which is absorbing from a abstruse standpoint, but aloof looks and feels like some old-school hot rod BS. It’s article Chip Foose admirers would anticipate is cool.
This old-school mentality continues to the trim beneath the hood, which is accessory in chrome. Again, article abandoned for the Cruise Night crowd. The autogenous additionally has two tachometers. For some reason.
Anyway, one could (and I would) altercate that none of that actually affairs because the anatomy curve beneath all that acrylic are immaculate, and the agent actuality smothered by all that chrome is a fire-breathing 396 big block V8.
You don’t so abundant apprehend a big block Chevy motor as do you feel it. A 396 motor at abandoned is like addition arena a bang boom into the centre of your chest while putting your ear up adjoin a bass amp with the reverb angry all the way up.
This car sounds like Death From Above 1979. Loud. Powerful. Terrifying. Fun. Lots of Bass. Lots of Reverb.
And really, I acquire to say, that’ the primary address of this car. It looks badass. It sounds badass. And it makes you feel like a badass.
Scott jokingly refers to this as his John Wick car. And I actually get it.
This car will actually win you over with its covering brazier seats, atramentous hurst shifter, cowl consecration awning scoop, and that admirable aroma of gasoline as you call the tires with every accessory shift.
It’s really, actually adamantine to not like this car.
Is it fast? It feels actually fast. Jab the burke and you’ll be hit by an access of noise. Your anatomy will be inundated with abounding torques. You will account abundant abandon as you force elastic to accommodated pavement. But all that abandon doesn’t necessarily construe to absolute speed. It’s no slouch. But I wouldn’t apprehend to win any annoyance contest against, say, a avant-garde Camaro SS.
The air cleaner claims “300 horsepower”, but I anticipate there may be some accuracy to that’ underrated horsepower’ thing. My base dyno says afterpiece to 400 horsepower.
Does it stop? Kinda. Good abundant for the street. Although you may accomplish those old-school poligrip tires scream as abundant endlessly the car as you do demography off.
Does it turn? There’s as abundant anatomy cycle as you would expect, but again, you’re not affairs this car for a alley course. The aforementioned way you wouldn’t run a chase in a covering jacket.
Do you acquire to accession your articulation to acquire a chat in the car? Not really. It’s decidedly adequate and the fit and accomplishment is far above what you’d apprehend from an old American car. It’s accessible to see why Chevrolet awash so abounding Malibus and Chevelles aback in the day.
Is it fun? One actor percent, yes. Above aloof activity like an activity hero abaft the wheel, this car will accomplish you beam ear to ear like a absolute idiot. It’s a complete laugh. And that’s about the accomplished acclaim a car can receive.
Currently, Summit has this car listed for auction for $47,500. Which makes it a austere application over a new Camaro SS, Challenger R/T, or Mustang GT.
If it were my money… I’d be actively tempted. Sure, it may not be as fast as any of those cars on paper. Anniversary of them would apparently augment you your affection in a annoyance race. But I’ve apprenticed anniversary of those newer cars, I don’t apperceive if any of them bear the aforementioned affectionate of joy as this Chevelle. And I would absolutely say that not one of them acquire the personality of this car.
Is it a achievement fable for the ages? No. Sorry, dads.
But it is timelessly cool. And fun. And for that alone, it’s aces of dream car status.