The Chevelle was produced from 1964 to 1977 in three Generations and came in many body styles, many variations, and a lot of available options. On Chevrolet mid-size “A” body platform it made Chevelle a strong contender in the muscle car market. This line was without a doubt one of the biggest success stories for G.M. and Chevrolet.
The ’64 and ’65 Chevelles came with a Malibu badge on the rear quarter panel with a hard top and a convertible at first. There was also an “SS” package available on the more luxurious Malibu version.
The “SS” option came with emblems and full disc wheel covers while the inside is well appointed with bucket seats and floor console for models fully equipped with the Muncie aluminum four speed manual or Powerglide two speed automatic but not with the basic three speed manual transmission. The dash of the Malibu ‘SS” option came with four gauges in a cluster and also offered a dash mounted tach as a further option. The basic models have a very simple warning light system instead. The optional engine is the 283 cu in with a four barrel putting out 220 hp – at least for the first six months. Just to keep up to the competition in mid-’64 the Chevelle had an optional 327 cu in V8 on the market in two versions both with a four barrel in a choice of 250 or 300 hp (224 kW).
The engine options were okay in ’64 but people wanted more muscle in their cars and so Chevy, aiming to please, added a RPO (regular production option) 327 V8 putting out 350 hp. For the folks with more modest ambitions the Chevelle did offer more conservative engines.
In 1965 with the “Z-16” equipped Malibu SS 396 big block V8 the power crowd also has a new little faster option available. Chevy had a problem producing enough posi trac rear ends to handle the 396 engines there were only 201 of them produced but only 75 still existing with the Malibu “Z-16” option package. There are many that have tried to fake the Z-16 because of its six figure value in today’s market but there is a shortage of the original equipment and trim to re manufacture it. The Malibu hood emblem was dropped at the end of 1965.
In 1966 the body, on the same frame was completely modified and the Chevelle SS 396 became its own series of sport coupes and convertible models with a thicker stabilizer bar in front, springs with a higher rating, and re-calibrated shocks mounted on a stronger reinforced frame. The body was Identical to the Malibu with a little different trim, simulated hood scoops, and red line tires with three different power options on the engine. The 396 motor was available producing either 325 hp, 360 hp, or the highest performer at 375 hp. The SS396 existed as a model for ’66 through to ’68 and then in ’69 it reverted back to an option pack. A special body styled “strut back” two door sport coupe was available only for the ’66 and ’67 models years.
Canadian models kept the” Malibu SS” badges for two more years but their U.S. counterparts were identical Chevelles only differing in lacking the badge trim, domed hood, and a blacked out grill while the northern cousins grill is chrome. Canada did offer a slightly different package with the Malibu sports option which has bucket seats, a center console, full wheel covers, and ribbed rocker covers.
The "B"body full sized 1967 Plymouth Belvedere is available as a sedan, hardtop or convertible with two doors or a station wagon and hardtop version with four doors are also on the options sheet. The engines include six V8's with the 427 cu in (7.0 L) Hemi at the top of the list. The engine is bolted to a three speed standard or a three speed automatic transmission. This was the vehicle of choice for the Los Angeles Police Department in '67.
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Smokey Yunick Parts Are Under the Hood of This 15,000-Mile Unrestored 1969 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28
Guy Carpenter was a 19-year-old car nut back in 1967. He read all the car magazines he could afford, was a big racing fan, and spent a lot of his free time hanging out at the local Chevy dealership, Wheeler Chevrolet. Everyone who worked there knew that the kid loved cars and really knew his Chevrolets.
Carpenter told the salesmen that he was saving up to buy something way better than a used car. He wanted a 1969Corvette with a 427 engine, Chevrolet’s ultimate high-performance car....
Chevy II to Chevrolet Nova second Generation 1966-1967
Many changes occur in’66 for the Chevy II with the car being more angular, the grill bolder, slightly humped rear fenders, a slight angle to the rear end, with a semi-fastback roof line. The car also has vertically lined up tail lights with a set of single headlights in front now mounted in the grill. The entry level offer is the Chevy II, the next step up is the 100, while the 400 is the uptown version. The top offer, in sport coupe only, is The Nova SS and comes with a 194 cu in (3.18 L) inline six although any Chevy II engine could be ordered for the SS. Bright aluminum deck cover, wide rocker panels, special wheel covers (identical to the Malibu), Super Sport script on the quarter panels, SS badging on the grill as well as on the side panels distinguish it as the top of the line. The SS package also includes the Strato bucket seats and a tachometer is an available option. The car is still called a Chevy II but all the markings now read Super Sport and Nova SS.
Chevy II in the 100 version is the only model with the four cylinder but it could be upgraded to a 194 cu in (3.8 L) inline six, or a 230 cu in (3.8 L) inline six. The V8 engines available in 1966 are a 283 cu in developing 275 hp (205 kW), a 327 cu in (5.36 L), or the new Turbo-Fire 327 putting out 350 hp (260 kW) and coupled to the close ratio geared four speed transmission turning the Chevy II into a formidable muscle car. The Powerglide transmission is an option but not for the 350 engine.
Very few changes happened in the 1967 models on the bodies but a cross hatch pattern fills the trim panel on the deck lid of the Nova versions and the basic Chevy II lacks many of the chrome features on the other models. Safety upgrades are made to the interiors of all the Chevy II line including impact absorbing steering column, safety steering wheel, recessed instrument panel knobs, front shoulder harnesses, padded interior items such as armrests and the sun visors. The hardtop Nova SS does get a new black accented anodized aluminum grill and this year sports wheel covers borrowed from the Impala lineup.
Power train options are the 194 cu in (3.8L) inline six, a new 250 cu in (4.1 L) inline six, and the 283 cu in (4.64 L) V8. The most power full option is a 327 cu in (5.36 L) V8 developing 275 hp (205 kW). The Nova SS coupe have a console mounted transmission with a choice of the four speed standard or the Powerglide automatic with the other models all getting a column mounted shift. The sales dropped for the 1967 model year with the six cylinder versions by far the most popular choices and only 8% of the total Chevy II models sold in 1967 are the Nova SS equipped with the V8 engines.
Corvette Stingray 1967 Plus the L88 Option (’67-’69)
The Corvette Stingray in 1967 was the last of Gen 2 and the most refined of the line. It had a less bulky, more streamlined look than the previous models of the generation. This version carried a unique set of five small louvers on each front fender instead of three with the big-block bulge in the hood now a scoop for ’67. This car not only was the most powerful Corvette ever made but was also the most desirable.
A bargain price for a small-block ’67 would be anything under $40,000 U.S., but you'll probably have a few repair bills to go along with that. As for any more coveted model, the sky is the limit for price.
Exterior refinements included a single backup light mounted above the license plate, slotted six-inch Rally rims with beauty rings, and the lug nuts were unseen behind a chromed cover.
For the interior, Chevy upgraded the upholstery slightly, but moved the hand brake from under the dash and mounted it between the front buckets. If you ordered the convertible with the removable hardtop, you could also option a black vinyl snap-on cover for the passenger compartment.
The 427-cubic-inch came with solid lifters and tri-power-three, Holley two-barrel carburetors mounted on the intake, delivering 400 bhp, but fuel injection, also offered as an option, put out 435 bhp for the last time until ’82. There were also two V8 small-block 327 engine offerings in ’67, and the basic transmission was a three-speed, but there were several Muncie four-speed options, as well as a variety of gear ratios available for them.
There were 22,940 units produced in ’67, but only 20 of those were sold with the L88 engine code option, which bolted to the Muncie M-22 “rock crusher” four-speed manual transmission. The Sunray DX L88 was the hands-down winner of 12 Hours of Sebring in ’67. The L88 wasn’t an option for normal street use, partly for weight reduction but also to discourage casual buyers. The buyer had to buy an RPO C48, without a heater, air conditioning, and radio available. Chevrolet mandated that if you ordered an L88, you also had to purchase other optional performance equipment, including the G81 posi-traction rearend and the K61 transistorized ignition system. This high-compression option ran only on 103-octane racing fuel, with a warning sticker advising that on the console.
The L88 steering was an unassisted recirculating ball type with the F41 heavy-duty suspension. The front was double wishbone with triple-link transverse leaf springs in the rear and J56 front/rear disc brakes with power assist. High-performance goodies included were one very large Holley four-barrel, lightweight heads, forged crankshaft, bigger ports, 12.5:1 compression in the firing chamber, hottest camshaft available, with a small diameter flywheel and an extra large aluminum radiator.
Chevrolet rated this engine conservatively at 430 bhp at 4600 rpm, but the true rating was reputed to be closer to 560 or 600 bhp (447.4 kW) at 6400 rpm, and it develops 550 lbs.-ft. (745.7 N-m) of torque at 4000 rpm. This is the most powerful engine ever under a Corvette hood with a top speed of 194 mph (312.2 km/h).