The legendary muscle car, perhaps the best model of the Chevrolet empire, was on the assembly line from 1964 to 1977, originally created as a competitor to the Ford Fairlane.
Initially, this model was created to compete with Ford Fairlane as evidenced by many similarities between them. Later, this model became the basis for the Chevrolet Monte Carlo, introduced into production in 1970. The 60-70s was an era of great muscle cars all automobile enthusiasts recall with a grasp. It was a careless period when no one thought about air pollution and fuel economy. The engines of those years were a completely different story. А huge atmospheric V8 engines with great power and traction and the amazing sound were a fairy tale! Today, such vehicles are rare which makes them even more exclusive, as most of them are in their homeland – the United States. The first vehicles of this model were equipped with 4638 cm3 and a four-chamber carburetor engine – a fantastic number for those years. Two transmission modifications were available – a four-speed manual or a two-speed automatic.
Chevelle’s second generation was released in 1968 and was produced until 1972. It is noteworthy that almost every year some changes were made to their design – both in the exterior and in the technical characteristics. The featured 1970 model belonged to the second generation which came out sportier with impressive finishes compared with previous years’ releases. All in all, the 1970 model was a bold fulfillment of the desires of hardcore racing fans. It was a high-performing and incredibly powerful vehicle that any fan would definitely want. In addition, the vehicle was affordable and reliable, which made it very popular in the 1970s. Even with tough competition from legendary rivals like the Buick GSx, when it came to pricing and overall specs, Chevelle easily won that race as well. For the 1970 model year engine choices varied from a standard 155 hp six-cylinder and 200 hp 307-cubic-inch V 8. That same year, Chevellmodificationifiaction with the Turbo-Jet package included 350 hp, and custom suspension, although 375 bhp was also available. However, the most powerful engines were SS 454 with a volume of 7.4 l. This hefty beast developed a maximum power of 450 hp at 5600 rpm.
The 1970 model stood out with its simple design. The manufacturer also offered eight color options for the interior. In comparison, the Buick GSx was equipped with a 455 cubic-inch V8 engine and produced up to 360 hp with and 510 lb-ft of torque, and the Pontiac GTO with a 455 cubic-inch V8 engine, which offered the same performance as the GSx, were noticeably inferior to the Chevelle. So Chevelle was winning the power and performance race.
Externally, restyling was manifested in more angular body panels. The versions offered were sports coupe, Sport Sedan, convertible, sedan in a 4-door body, Super Sport – in modifications of the Sport Coupe Malibu (2-door), and convertible. In 1970, the hardtop, convertible, and sedan improved sheet metal quality, giving the cases more Coca-Cola bottle style. This model year also introduced new options such as power door locks and wiper control. Notably, in 1970 the production also expanded to GM’s Arlington assembly plant in Arlington, Texas (where Chevelles were assembled alongside their corporate counterparts, in this case, the Oldsmobile Cutlass).
Fast & Furious, 2009
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A 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle was one of Dominic Toretto’s main vehicles in the Fast & Furious movie, 2009. This mighty car served Vin Diesel’s character faithfully for a good half of the movie. At first, the vehicle appeared red. But upon returning to his hometown, Dominic modernized and repainted this vehicle. The automobile appeared in an iconic racing scene when Toretto was vying with Brian O’Conner and other street racers for the right to work for Arturo Braga.
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