1970 Chevelle SS: Muscle cars in Detail #1


Dale McIntosh


Find all the details on the storied 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS, including the 396- and 454-ci big-block engines, from the pages of this comprehensive book.

After the General Motors displacement ban ended for the 1970 model year, Chevrolet put new skin on the Chevelle and a new powerplant under the hood: the vaunted LS6 454 with 450 hp. Today, the 1970 Chevelle SS 454 is viewed as one of the most iconic automobiles ever produced on American soil. SS 396 and 454 Chevelles command a premium at auction and are one of the most coveted muscle cars ever produced.

The Chevrolet Chevelle undoubtedly has one of the largest followings of any of Detroit’s muscle cars. It was a chassis for the Everyman, offered in Malibu and Chevelle form with four-door sedans, station wagons, two-door SS performance models, and even truck-style beds available. It was the midsize Chevy chassis for all purposes. For many years, until 1970, it existed among midsize offerings as a fairly capable machine.

Each volume in the In Detail series provides an introduction and historical overview, an explanation of the design and concepts involved in creating the car, a look at marketing and promotion, and an in-depth study of all hardware and available options, as well as an examination of where the car is on the market today. Also included are paint and option codes, VIN and build tag decoders, as well as production numbers.