1967 Chevrolet Chevelle SS396 - $49,900
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This one appears to retain all its original sheetmetal, floors and quarters included, and when it was restored a few years ago, they spent the time and effort to make it look right.

There was a time when the Model A Ford was one of the cornerstones of the hobby, but with times changing, I would argue that cars like this 1967 Chevrolet Chevelle SS396 are the foundation of today's collector car hobby. They resonate with a lot of collectors because they were ubiquitous back in the '60s—you had one, your buddy had one, the guy up the street had one. There are memories indelibly tied to these cars, memories that were about fun and speed and cheap gas. It's partially why these cars have skyrocketed in value recently, but the other part is that they're just great cars. Sized right so they're comfortable and practical for the guy with a family, powerful enough to be a ton of fun to drive, and just beautiful to look at. Take a moment to examine this Chevelle carefully—that's one gorgeous car!

Pedigrees also matter and this car gets everything right: matching numbers L35 396 cubic inch V8 with 32 horsepower, a fantastic color combination that'll stand out among all the red, blue, and black Chevelles out there, and a 4-speed gearbox that's not only fun to row, but absolutely bulletproof. In 1967, code Y was Butternut Yellow—a handsome color with a somewhat lackluster name. No matter, because that's this car's original color and if you're going to put an iron fist in a velvet glove, why not a yellow one to make it a little less obvious? The taut, clean lines of Chevrolet's A-body were revised in 1966 and in 1967, they probably reached their peak with just the right combination of trim, stripes, and those cool taillights out back. This one appears to retain all its original sheetmetal, floors and quarters included, and when it was restored a few years ago, they spent the time and effort to make it look right. There are no signs of sloppy workmanship, the gaps line up neatly (not too perfectly, but rather just about how the factory would have done it), and there's a fantastic shine to the paint, which is two-stage urethane. There are none of the usual modifications, no stripes and no cowl-induction hood, so the clean, chiseled shape of the Chevelle does all the talking. Those cool chrome inserts on the hood are arguably better looking than any aftermarket hood ever could be and the blacked-out tail panel sends a warning to anyone foolish enough to give this Chevelle a go on the street. The black vinyl top is in excellent condition with no signs of trouble underneath, although it does somewhat mute the wonderful "flying buttress" C-pillars that make these cars so special.

The Chevelles retained plenty of chrome, don't worry. The bumpers are in great condition with a shine that's just about right for a production car. I mentioned the hood inserts, and there's a correct SS grille up front. A simple black stripe along the rockers emphasizes the length of the Chevelle (this was technically a mid-sized car in 1967), and the stainless trim around the windows has been buffed to a high shine that matches the chrome. Correct 'Super Sport' emblems, as well as the 'SS 396' badge on the rear end, complete the high performance look.

The black bucket seat interior is simply beautifully done, with correct seat covers, new carpets, and lots of shiny trim. The ornate bucket seats look far more upscale than the Chevelle's original sticker price would indicate and yes, they were optional even on the SS. The dashboard repeated Chevy's then-current theme, a wide band of brushed stainless with the primary gauges in a slot ahead of the driver, and from the factory, this one only covered the basics of speed and fuel level. Today, there are aftermarket dials under the dash monitoring voltage, temperature, and oil pressure, as well as a "knee knocker" Sun tachometer. It has also been upgraded with an AM/FM/cassette stereo in the original AM radio's slot, and they even hooked it up so that the factory power antenna on the rear deck motors up and down when you turn it on and off. The lovely center console houses one of the coolest clocks we've ever seen, and while it's not operational at the moment, it's still great that it's intact and not replaced by some aftermarket piece. That long chrome shifter manages a Muncie M20 4-speed manual gearbox and we're pretty sure that once you slide behind the wheel, it'll feel very familiar indeed. New carpets, a nice-fitting headliner, and a blemish-free dash pad all make it feel plush, not basic. There's likely a lot of sound-deadening material behind the scenes, because this is one of the most solid-feeling A-bodies we've ever driven. The back seat looks completely unused and the trunk is correctly outfitted with spatter paint, a reproduction mat, and a full-sized spare on a matching Rally wheel.

If you wanted an SS in 1967, the only way it came is with a 396 cubic inch big block. This car is powered by its original, numbers-matching L35 that was rated at 325 horsepower, which is still a pretty stout piece. We're guessing there's a bit more on tap now thanks to a big Holley double pumper and an Edelbrock Performer intake manifold, but neither upgrade detracts from the big block experience. It was rebuilt to stock specs a few years ago, and that means torque—lots of effortless, mountainous torque! The 396 yanks the Chevelle forward with ease, regardless of which gear you're in, and never seems to stress itself. This one starts easily, idles well, and has great street manners, which comes thanks to a lot of tuning and tweaking after it was all together. It's also nicely dressed with correct Chevy Orange paint, chrome valve covers, and an open-element air cleaner with reproduction decals (nice that they didn't try to fake a bigger horsepower motor). Correct GM-stamped hoses help with the factory look, and with a weekends' worth of tweaking, it could probably be ready for shows. Power steering and power brakes are part of the package, making this a car that's very user-friendly and a lot of fun to drive.

Underneath, it's clean and straight, with no signs of rust or previous rust repairs. The floors are super clean, the Muncie 4-speed was rebuilt and tucked back into place, and the original cast iron exhaust manifolds feed a recent Flowmaster dual exhaust system that sounds awesome. The car obviously spent its life someplace warm because even the pinch weld on the rockers is laser straight and crisply rendered. Fresh KYB Gas-A-Just shocks at all four corners make this big cruiser right smoothly and there are new bushings for the front sway bar. Out back, there's a new gas tank and the factory 12-bolt rear end is full of 3.55 gears, a nice combination between acceleration and easy cruising. It's also wearing fresh 15-inch Rally wheels with trim rings and fat 235/75/15 redline radials that look great and handle well.

These are popular cars and it's easy to see why. This one gets big points for its matching-numbers engine, 4-speed transmission, and totally sorted road manners. If you like the subtlety of Butternut Yellow, this beautiful big block Chevelle should be right up your alley. Call today!

Vehicle: 1967 Chevrolet Chevelle SS396
Price: $49,900
Stock Number: 114074
Mileage: 58,434
VIN: 138177A170782
Engine: 396 cubic inch L35 V8
Transmission: 4-speed manual
Gear Ratio: 3.55
Wheelbase: 115 inches
Wheels: 15-inch Rally wheels
Tires: 235/75/15 redline radial
Exterior Color: Butternut Yellow
Interior Color: Black vinyl
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