Streetside Classics-Dallas/Fort Worth
5400 Sandshell Dr
Fort Worth, TX
Fort Worth, TX
People always ask me, "Anonymous copy-writer, what's your favorite muscle car?" Well, if I had the chance to personally pick one example from our current inventory, then you're probably looking at it. This stealthy Granada Gold 1967 Chevrolet Chevelle SS396 is a real code 138 SS 4-speed sport coupe, and it packs a burly, numbers-matching 396 L34 V8, borderline show-quality paint, and a gorgeous bucket-seat interior. Frame-off restored back to 100% factory specs, this potent A-body holds the distinction of loads of original provenance, including the certified kind that verify the 92,807 mileage as accurate. With that verified pedigree, an open-checkbook restoration that was faithful to the original design, and a ton of style, it's easy to see why I'm not the only one that has this 1967 Chevelle SS at the top of their wish list.
Code G Granada Gold is this car's original color, and combined with the big block under the hood, it's likely that the original owner was more concerned about keeping a low profile than making a statement. Frame-off restored to a very high standard in 2004, this SS hardtop is simply dazzling in person, with super-straight bodywork that emphasizes the Chevelle's long rear quarters and unique C-pillar treatment. Gaps are excellent all around, and the paint is worlds better than even the best finish available in 1967, with a shine so deep you can almost swim in it. Sure, it's been driven and shown a little since the restoration was completed 17 years ago, but it's also been babied and treated like a member of the family, and thanks to a low-ownership group that understood how special this car really is, the restoration has held up incredibly well. You'd really have to look close to find imperfections, and even then we're talking about very minor stuff. All the correct SS details are there, too, including the blacked-out tail panel, fluted taillights, and the trick hood with simulated vents that were a Chevy trademark for years. The bright chrome SS grille and endcap chrome bumpers set a high brightwork standard with a whole lot of glitz and glamour, all the stainless was polished to match, and factory badges and emblems were reinstalled in the original locations during the build. There's a black decal stripe running along the lower edges of the bodywork, offering just enough contrast to really make the gold-colored paint really pop, and the black vinyl top was replaced during the restoration and is in excellent shape as well adding a touch of sophistication to this dignified street brawler.
The code 784-B gold bucket seats were restored to original condition as well, with fresh foam and seat covers that replicate the original patterns exactly. The slick center console houses a chrome shifter for the Muncie 4-speed manual gearbox underneath, as well as the optional factory clock, which is a cool little detail. All the original gauges are intact and fully functional, with super crisp, bright restored faces and augmented by a small, cleverly-mounted tachometer off to the left side where it's useful, but not a dominant part of the SS dcor. The gold carpets show the only wear inside, albeit fairly minor as well, while the matching door panels and taut headliner above give it a showroom fresh look inside. An aftermarket A/C system has been installed with modern R134a refrigerant, which is always pretty cool in a big block bruiser like this. There's even an original Delco AM/FM radio in the dash, although it will need an upgrade (hopefully the next owner will be clever enough to stow it away in the glove compartment while preserving the stock unit in its original place) if you're looking to add tunes to the big block V8 soundtrack. In the trunk, you'll find a full-sized spare tire assembly with jack, and the bare floor was painted with spatter finish to show off just how solid this Chevelle really is.
Restored in 2004, the numbers-matching 396 L34 V8 runs just as beautifully as it looks inside the finished engine bay. Although the factory rated the L34 at 350 horsepower, performance suggests there might be even more on tap. Using an original 4-barrel carburetor atop a factory intake manifold, it fires up with a snarl, and idles in a way that lets you know there's big horsepower on tap. Externally, however, it looks ready for show, with Chevy Orange paint on the block, chrome factory valve covers, and proper decals on the open-element air cleaner. The Muncie M21 4-speed manual shifts perfectly and spins a 12-bolt rear end that's packed with fairly tall, highway friendly gears that are perfect for long journeys. The chassis is super clean and highly detailed and features a stainless dual exhaust system with stock-style chambered mufflers that sounds awesome. Power steering and power brakes improve the car's road manners, and a closer look at the suspension reveals that everything was attended to, so this Chevelle dr
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