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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Camaro Z/28: It Overheats at 80

at least according to Car and Driver magazine back in the day. (We’re searching for the reference-  it was NOT the April ’80 issue.) It wasn’t bad enough that the cars were sapped of all power due to hamhanded efforts* to meet EPA numbers.

*who doesn’t remember fondly the belt drive air pumps? How to decrease particulates per volume of air? Make less soot or better yet, add more air! PHYSICS!

The flipside of the equation is how to get the most go per pound and per dollar. Why use a THM400 – a bulletproof transmission if there ever was one – when a THM 200 will fit. Three speeds is three speeds, right? In the later second generation Camaros, the idea seemed to be “if the speed limit is 55 mph, why give it cooling for 120?”

Just add tape and some fake scoops!  – Roger in marketing.

Camaro Z/28
Looks fast/goes fast. What’s the difference? – Eric Stratton

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