Amazing what the right set of wheels can do for a car, right? This 1967 Chevrolet Chevelle is pretty stock, but with the lowered stance and shiny rolling stock, it takes on a whole new persona that totally gets all the attention. Big block V8 power with a manual gearbox certainly helps, but only if you’re the lucky guy who gets to take it home at night.
Classic colors never look wrong on a Chevy of any kind, and the handsome burgundy paint on this one is pretty close to the original Madeira Maroon on the 1967 color chart. These mid-year Chevelles look especially sleek with their long, lean, unadorned bodywork and there's just no way to make them look bad. It was repainted a few years ago and looks awesome for the local cruise nights and heading down the street, and you certainly won’t be ashamed to roll it out front for a full detail job next Saturday. Up close, there are a few blemishes, as you’d expect, but nothing major that detracts from the overall presentation. It’s nice to see a stock hood on a vintage Chevelle, and it certainly has the right indicators for performance, ranging from the SS grille to the crossed-flag emblems on the front fenders that warn potential predators that there’s a nasty surprise waiting for them. No stripes, no vinyl roof, no add-ons, just a clean, sleek Chevelle that looks fast just sitting still. The trim is in good order, including the bumpers and much of the stainless detail work, so it shines when you pull it out of the garage and the windows have a dark tint that adds a sinister attitude that works rather well.
Bucket seats, a console, and a 4-speed all mean this car was built for speed as much as style, and you know we like our muscle cars with a 4-speed sticking out of the center console like an industrial-strength horsepower lever. Original gauges cover speed and fuel level, but with a car like this, you know that’s not sufficient, so a set of Moon Eyes auxiliary gauges went under the dash in the usual place and the factory clock still does its thing in the middle of the console. Nice black upholstery looks like it was installed a few years ago, so there's some wear and evidence of use, but a little TLC will fix things right up. The aftermarket AM/FM/cassette radio is offline, so a more modern replacement there would be a good idea, but otherwise it's ready to cruise.
The thumping 454 cubic inch V8 provides enough punch to make this car extremely entertaining on the street. With all the usual goodies, from an Edelbrock intake and Holley carb to the long-tube headers, it will make you forget about your desire for more power. It’s also nicely finished, with correct Chevy Orange paint and just enough chrome to show off. Power steering is always welcome on a car with a giant chunk of iron over the front axle and front disc brakes are always a good idea on something with this much go power. The underside has been cleaned up and doesn’t show any major signs of previous damage, and the dual exhaust with Flowmaster mufflers certainly knows how to get attention. And as I mentioned, those shiny chrome wheels and fat 215/45/17 front and 255/40/17 rear performance radials set it all off perfectly.
Clean turn-key Chevelles are getting harder to find all the time, and if you’re looking to just get in and start having fun, this one represents a very attractive way to do it. Call today!