1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS: Hiding in Plain Sight


This is Patrick Nichols, a charming fella from Tennessee. Behind him is a 1970 Chevelle. Not like Brian’s from high school – this one wasn’t built for grandma.
The good news: it is an L78, which means it has a Muncie M21 4 speed and a 12-bolt, 4:10:1 Positraction differential to turn the output of its 396 big-block V8 with “aluminum low-rise intake, solid-lifter cam, 11.0:1 compression, square-port heads, and a Holley 780-cfm carb” into blazing speed. Basically, as built, it was the best Chevelle ever. It’s one of about 2,144.

The good and or bad news depending on your feelings on barn finds: this car was sitting in a storage lot for 33 years or so. But, it was in Fresno. There’s oxidation – it’s now the main color, but it is a surface decoration, not a death sentence. And, unlike forgotten cars in Phoenix, the rubber bits are old, but not reduced to powder by the unrelenting sun and heat.

The origin story for this find is here. The future of this car, whether a restoration or “as found” starts here. It sells Thursday, January 19. You can bid by phone if you’re not in Scottsdale swimming in auctions like us.

[Ed.: Too late. It sold for a hammer price of $27,000 (plus fees and buyer’s premium)].

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1970-73 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am

We’d guessing 1970 because of the  400 c.i.d. engine.  Per wiki, the 1971-73 T/As had a 455. My second cousin Shirley drove one of those 455s. However, we’re skeptical of the “T/A 6.6” on the shaker. It should say “400.” But, they came in white or blue.  We’re also a little leery of the screaming chicken.  That came on-line for 1973.  I guess the verdict is “frankenbird.”  It’s still sexy as hell.

1970-73 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am
Not technically correct but gorgeous.

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