The featured 1967 Chevrolet Chevelle is a great example of what automotive purists believe restored muscle cars should preserve a specific era in history. We all know, there’s no better way to ruin a perfectly good classic than stripping it clean, cutting it up and whipping it up and down a track. However, when pro-street cars are customized with a clear vision and distinct purpose it only serves to enhance their appeal to enthusiasts who would’ve never given factory metal a second look.
After all, how could any red-blooded car guy not love a great mix of timeless virtues and exceptional performance? This 1967 Chevelle is a dedicated showpiece that was a solid hardtop and, $150K later, turned out to be a spectacular yellow jaw dropper.
The beneficiary of a professional, rotisserie restoration that was completed by Russ’s Rod Shop in Pickens, South Carolina, this slick Chevy coupe features a seamless custom appearance that’s highlighted by an immaculate coat of mirror-like paint. Just take one look down the sides of this Chevelle’s rock-solid body and it becomes obvious that great care was taken to ensure every panel is aligned to better-than-factory fit.
Step closer to the car’s custom DuPont finish and check out its straight and ripple-free surfaces which are a product of both rust-free sheetmetal and high quality prep work. Grab the car’s well-adjusted hood and feel how smoothly it closes to provide an excellent fit which is set off by precise gaps and a glossy clearcoat shell. Now, step back and watch it all add up to one very appealing hot rod that’s built to exacting specifications and features a great combination of skilled workmanship and first-rate detailing. Read more!
Unlike most quarter-mile warriors this Chevelle isn’t entirely devoid of stainless, ornamentation or trim. But the baubles and bolt-ons were definitely kept to a minimum in order to showcase the body’s awesome ‘coke bottle’ profile and intimidating street presence. Up front, a stainless Super Sport grille hangs a bright “SS 396″ emblem and modern, tri-bar headlights above a slick chrome bumper and small amber parking lamps.
At the top of the car, a traditional cowl induction hood leads fresh greenhouse glass that’s anchored by color-keyed wiper deletes, framed by like-new border trim and capped by body-matched drip rails. At the sides of the car, traditional GM door handles and chrome bowtie mirrors combine with custom silver stripes and clean stainless pipes to add a little flash to a sea of yellow basecoat. And out back, a clean, stainless-trimmed valence is centered between chrome-trimmed tail lights, small reverse lamps and a second chrome bumper.
The Chevrolet division has always represented performance to a virtual army of car guys. But unlike their luxuriously smooth Impala brethren, Chevelles manifest that performance as raw attitude and brute force. Lift the hood of this sinister track monster and you’ll find 502 cubic inches of GM Performance Parts V8 that makes killer power and elicits immediate stares.
The big engine’s growl originates when wind whips from a highly polished air cleaner into a coated Holley carburetor that’s juiced by F.A.S.T fuel components. That resulting air/fuel mixture makes its way from an aluminum Chevrolet intake to aluminum GM Performance Parts heads that are topped with a slick pair of polished and ball-milled valve covers. Once the juice hits those heads, a familiar MSD 6AL ignition system sends fire through loomed GM Performance Parts plug wires to big cylinders that are combusted via aluminum pistons, shot peened connecting rods and a high quality forged crankshaft.
Timing for those explosions is provided by a hydraulic roller camshaft that’s dialed into a traditional HEI distributor. Cooling for that fire comes courtesy of a big aluminum radiator that’s sandwiched between two large puller fans and a small, chrome overflow tank. Fluid for that cooling system is provided by an Edelbrock water pump that, along with a polished alternator and a polished AC compressor, is spun by an aesthetically pleasing Billet Specialties Tru Trac system.
And the spent gases created by that process exit through a slick pair of ceramic coated Hedman Hedders. The new mill is exceptionally impressive, centering its iron block between chrome brake hardware, polished power steering components and an electric vacuum pump. The block’s familiar black hue contrasts well against the smoothed engine bay’s bright DuPont paint. And details like a polished water tube and a braided linkage cover convey an acute sense of detail.
Back in 1967, the standard form of power transfer on showroom-new Chevelles was a tough Muncie 4-speed. Today, almost 50 years of constantly improving technology has wrought much more advanced pieces like this coupe’s heavy duty Richmond 6-speed. That top notch gear grinder twists power from a Ram hydraulic clutch to a custom-fabricated nine inch rear end that’s stuffed with 4.11 gears, a Detroit Locker differential and Strange axle shafts.
That world class drivetrain is suspended by a fully rebuilt chassis that’s fitted with tubular control arms, Flaming River power steering and a Chris Alston’s Chassisworks back half that includes a beefy sway bar and adjustable coil over shocks. The car’s stops come courtesy of a heavy duty Power Master brake system that’s complete with large drilled and slotted rotors. The big engine’s exhaust rolls from the aforementioned Hedman shorty Hedders into aluminized, true-dual pipes that are equipped with electronic dumps and aggressive, dual-chamber Flowmaster mufflers.
And putting the power to the pavement is a meaty set of 26×8.00R15 and 29×15.00R15 Mickey Thompson Sportsmans which rotate around slick Billet Specialties wheels. The bottom of this shiny Chevy is over-restored to the same high standards as its solid exterior panels and clean engine compartment. And all the right finishing components, like a new stainless fuel tank, small wheel tubs, a sturdy driveshaft hoop and a tubular transmission crossmember, are present and accounted for.
Inside this evil A-Body you’ll find a tight, technological and clean cockpit that was installed by Pro-Street Interiors of Blairsville, Georgia. The four bucket seats, two power units and two manual units, have been covered in color-keyed leather that’s as comfortable as it is durable. At the front of those seats, a custom dash hangs a sweet set of Auto Meter Carbon Fiber Ultra Lite gauges between a thick leather pad and controls for the car’s Vintage Air climate system.
At the base of that dash, a full-length console anchors a leather-booted Long shifter between a remote-controlled Kenwood eXcelon head unit, two cup holders, four power window switches and a custom rear waterfall. Beneath that console, premium carpet props color-keyed and “Chevelle” branded floor mats between painted sill plates and large kick panel speakers. At the sides of that carpet, custom door panels frame full-length armrests and small, billet handles in slick stainless trim. Above those panels, a custom headliner leads the eye past a Chris Alston’s Chassisworks roll cage to a custom package tray. In front of the driver, a polished tilt steering column spins a bowtie-branded Banjo wheel inside a leather-wrapped rim. And behind the passengers, a fully upholstered trunk conceals a large Memphis Audio Power Reference amplifier.
With its incredible motor, lust-worthy body and super cool interior, this Chevelle is the very definition of “muscle car”. And its professional build, which combines stunning design with no-limits performance, represents first class showmanship at its very finest.