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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1985 Astom Martin V8 Volante
We did the Scottsdale auction tour yesterday:

  • Russo and Steele for a press breakfast and a walkthrough.
  • Barrett-Jackson for lunch breakfast leftovers and some auction action.
  • Gooding, for OMG GRAIL CARZZZ part 1.
  • RM on a lark.  Credential sign up on site and OMG GRAIL CARZZZ part 2.
  • Bonhams, because it was on the way back to B-J.
  • Barrett-Jackson for lunch and some more auction action.

Drew Alcazar of R&S spoke about the segmentation of the auctions, and how each is a better fit for certain sellers, certain buyers, and certain cars.  (I would say that is true for certain media as well.) Lists?  Lists.
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