Streetside Classics-Dallas/Fort Worth
5400 Sandshell Dr
Fort Worth, TX
Fort Worth, TX
You'd think that at some people might get a little tired of seeing Chevelle SS coupes, but the fact is, these are flat-out AWESOME cars in almost every way, and almost every muscle car lover in the world wants one. There's a reason they sell so quickly, and this 1972 Chevrolet Chevelle SS Tribute, with its sweet running small block and killer color combination, is an excellent example of why.
The great thing about Chevelles is that they evolved, so each year looked a little different from the year before, but the intrinsic goodness of the car never varied. Personally, I prefer the single-headlight front-end of the '71-'72 models over the quad headlight '70s, and this car has all the right pieces to make it a crowd-pleaser at the next cruise night. It wears a period-correct coat of Dark Blue Metallic paint, which was a rather rare color and in our opinion an upgrade over the factory code 65 Orange Flame, and it combines with bodywork that's certainly strong enough to wear a shade that dark without any excuses. Sure, it has signs of use and age once you get up close, but at this competitive price point, this driver-grade is bound to impress because it still shows well. It also wears proper white SS stripes on the hood and deck lid, and when combined with the black vinyl top, the overall look of the car is toned down just enough to look like a serious classic. The blacked and chrome SS grille looks fantastic and the shiny bright pieces like the bumper and fender trim add some contrast. Hood pins, a cowl induction hood, SS badges, tinted windows, and two big exhaust pipes out back do their part to ensure that nobody mistakes this for your average grocery-getter.
The interior was done right, too, complete with modern-looking front buckets and a sculpted rear bench that are all wrapped in high-end, durable vinyl, and a no-nonsense look that suggests this sucker was built for combat. Like the exterior, the trim is nicely done and looks solid, with tight-fitting seat covers, stock-looking door panels at the flanks, and plush black carpets below. It shows some wear inside but there's no need to address it anytime soon, mostly because this GM vinyl wears like granite, but also because someone has been careful enough with it that it's still very presentable overall. A modern JVC AM/FM/CD/AUX stereo head unit lives in the original slot in the dash, and it was obviously made for this application because there was no major surgery required to get it to fit in the dash. The factory gauges are still place but cover only the basics, so an auxiliary tachometer was strapped to the tilt column, and a trio of secondary units lives under the dash to keep an eye on the engine's vitals. A sporty Grant steering wheel was installed atop the tilt column, and it matches the look and feel of the aftermarket Hurst floor shifter that's topped with an 8-ball knob and manages the automatic transmission below. Out back, the trunk tells the story of the car's overall condition with solid floors and plenty of room to accommodate for most travel plans.
Moving the metal is a very lively 307 small block V8 under the hood, with plenty of pop up and down the throttle. It features some smart upgrades like a Holley 4-barrel carburetor and Edelbrock intake manifold to really let the small block breathe. A few chrome and polished pieces dress the engine bay, including the tall chrome air cleaner and finned valve covers that really pop against the satin inner fenders and matching firewall. An aluminum radiator keeps the engine nice and cool, a billet pulley system runs all the components, and a set of long-tube headers feed into a throaty Flowmaster dual exhaust system that sounds terrific. The driving experience is improved tremendously thanks to power steering and power front disc brakes, along with a suspension that features tubular A-Arms and upgraded shocks up front, and a big sway bar out back. A TH350 3-speed automatic transmission powers a 10-bolt rear, which also features a set of new coilover shocks to upgrade the handling. The chassis is clean and solid, the dual exhaust system sounds right, and flashy Race Star Industries wheels wearing staggered 215/65/15 front and 295/50/15 rear BFGoodrich white-letter radials finish the killer look.
So while you'd think that everyone who wants a Chevelle already has one, that's just not the case. With all the right looks and bulletproof mechanicals, this is a Chevelle that can truly be enjoyed every day. Call today!
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