|1969 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 396|
Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Random Car Wednesday: 1969 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 396
On paper, muscle cars are impractical. You take giant motors wedged into otherwise normal cars, and couple them with handling that tends to leave a lot to be desired. They're loud, they burn through gas at an unbelievable rate, and creature comforts are rarely a priority. And yet, in actuality, it's all of those things that make them so enjoyable. You've a got a massive amount of horsepower under your right foot, and in knowing that you forget about any shortcomings. These cars are ridiculous, but driving one will make you smile for days. Look at today's RCW, a 1969 Chevelle SS 396. The Chevelle was Chevrolet's primary platform, available as a sedan, coupe, station wagon, or the El Camino. The SS package turned the otherwise demure two-door into a potent street machine. The SS 396 was the most powerful SS model in Chevrolet's lineup in 1969. Depending on the exact engine variant used, performance ranged from 350 to 375 horsepower. Whereas the smaller Camaro was aimed at the Mustang and Dart, the Chevelle SS competed with Ford's Torino GT and Dodge's Coronet Super Bee. This particular car is extremely good-looking. The black paint is mildly sinister, and the bigger wheels and tires are very sporting. It's a well-preserved yet drivable machine. Plus, I bet it does an awesome burnout.
Posted by James Craig