Streetside Classics-Dallas/Fort Worth
5400 Sandshell Dr
Fort Worth, TX
Fort Worth, Texas
This brutal 1969 Chevrolet Chevelle SS396 was built for just one thing, and it sure wasn't getting groceries. It brings a stout matching-numbers big block, fantastic color combination, and a strong-arm attitude to the table, and as a result it's pretty hard to resist.
You just can't go wrong with Lemans Blue, as they did on this slick Chevelle. Clean, bright, elegant yet sporting, and just a great paint job that lets the quality do the talking. Despite being done several years ago, it's still nice enough to see your reflection without distortions, and on a car like this, there's just no place for bad bodywork to hide; you either get it right or you start all over. The stock hood is a welcome relief from all the cowl-induction units you usually see and it helps this car keep a somewhat low profile on the street. It also carries correct SS gear, including the blacked-out grille and badge on the rear valence, and you just know guys are going to spot the '396' emblems and know something's up, but that's OK, this car doesn't have to worry about much on the street. It's also got correct white stripes running along the flanks, and they're well done, too. The chrome is brightly polished and has the right shine for a car approaching its 45th birthday and the vivid red taillight lenses seem even brighter on a blue car like this.
You'd expect a basic black bucket seat interior in this sinister SS, but they went one better by going with Parchment. It's a little (OK, a lot) flashier than black, but they appear to be either an older restoration or even entirely original, and that speaks volumes about the care this car has received over the years. The original gauges are in excellent shape and include the optional tachometer and auxiliary gauges built into the dash, and the pad up top is in excellent shape. An AM/FM/cassette radio with digital tuning slots neatly into the original radio's location and uses period-looking knobs to complete the illusion. It also has factory A/C, which remains fully functional, as well as a center console with the famous horseshoe shifter. The trunk is bare, so you know it's in good shape and hasn't lived in a rust belt state.
The 396 cubic inch V8 big block under the hood is the original engine to the car and the JE suffix code means 396/350HP. It has been rebuilt and fitted with a Holley Avenger electronic fuel injection system that really adds a punch when you nail the throttle. (Yes, the original intake and carb go with the car.) Thanks to that EFI, it starts instantly and idles well even when cold, and the smooth flow of power is rather impressive. A few splashes of chrome like the valve covers, air filter, and water pump neck give you something to look at whenever you pop the hood, and you can tell they spent extra time to get everything arranged just so to look its best, although you could detail it and take it up a notch or two. Underneath, it's very clean and original, with a slick-shifting TH400 3-speed automatic transmission driving a 12-bolt rear, a fresh gas tank, and recent shocks all around. The exhaust system features Flowmaster mufflers for a great sound, and it rolls on classic SS wheels with 225/70/14 white-letter radials.
Great Chevelles always combine performance and looks in one easy-to-love package, and this matching-numbers SS396 is proof. Call today!
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