1971 Chevrolet Chevelle SS: America’s sporty darling

1971 Chevrolet Chevelle SS: America’s sporty darling

Engine V8 Horsepower 123 kW / 167 PS / 165 hp (SAE net) / 4000Torque 380 Nm / 280 ft-lb / 2400 Engine Location Front Drive Type RWD Weight 3165 lbs | 1435.62 kg Transmission 4-speed manual

A worthy representative of the popular muscle car class, the Chevelle SS was one of Chevy’s most powerful and coolest vehicles ever produced. It remained so until the clouds in the form of new “environmental regulations “thickened”, slowing down its victorious march.

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Almost all fans of high-speed driving, and particularly, muscle cars, knew what a Camaro was. However, few people knew that the Chevrolet’s Chevelle Super Sport was much more powerful than the well-known Camaro. It was a mid-range vehicle produced by General Motors between 1964 and 1977. Without a doubt, this vehicle was the most successful, the last of the most powerful Chevrolet automobiles. The Super Sport attracted buyers with brute force, low price, and pleasing design. Yes, there were a lot of powerful automobiles at that time, but this was one of the few that immediately hit the soul. The 1971 release was unique: several thousand of these  Chevelles were produced. Today, it is hard to find it in perfect condition, but those that enter the market cost at least $40,000. There were several versions, but the most powerful of all engines was the 454 version.

The origins

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This legendary muscle car, which was on the assembly line from 1964 to 1977, was perhaps the best model of the Chevrolet company. Originally, the automobile was created to compete with the Ford Fairlane. At first, the company planned to make an automobile based on a compact Chevy II with a monocoque body, but then the designers decided to use the new GM A-body platform, made for the Buick Skylark and Oldsmobile Cutlass. As a result, Chevrolet Chevelle received a separate frame with a wheelbase of 115 “(2921 mm) and suspension of all wheels on springs, as in the brand’s full-size vehicles. This model also laid the foundation for the Monte Carlo model, introduced in 1970. In 1965, a new V-shaped eight-cylinder engine was offered, and since 1966 the line has been replenished with the high-performance Super Sport 396 model. The vehicle was based on the previous model. In 1968, the model underwent another restyling: it acquired unusual conical wing shapes and a rounded body, and it was also possible to style the door panels under a tree and fit the interior with vinyl, which was fashionable at that time. This year, Chevrolet produced about 6 million Super Sport coupes and only 2,000 convertibles. In 1971, an environmental crisis began, so Chevelle models began to install engines with a lower compression ratio, which caused their power to drop.

The 1971 model year

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1971 became the year of restyling without changing the shape of the body panels. The new design of the front part included single round headlights in rectangular cells, a convex grille of two horizontal halves, and double marker lights at the ends of the front fenders, combined with turn signals. At the rear twin, round lights were built into the bumper. The Super Sport package included a black grille, sport wheels, tires, and a bulbous hood, but could be upgraded for an extra charge with an air duct at the base of the windshield, external hood latches, and double stripes on the hood and trunk. 1971 was a fatal year for powerful muscle cars, as the US government required all automakers to reduce the compression ratio of their engines to switch to gasoline with a lower octane rating. As a result, the gross power of all Chevelle engines decreased by 5 hp. The exception was the 7.4-liter V8 454, available only in the SS package. SS was powered by a 5.7-liter V8 350, a 6.6-liter V8 402, and a 7.4-liter V8 454, and the corresponding modifications were designated as SS 350, SS 396 (instead of SS 402), and SS 454. They were offered a 4-speed manual or 3-speed automatic Turbo Hydra-Matic transmission. In the middle of 1971, in response to higher insurance premiums, the company introduced a cheaper alternative to the SS modification – the “Heavy Chevy” package. Available with any V8 except the V8 454, it was a basic 2-door hardtop with minimal trim and a solid front sofa.

Did you know?

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The red 1971 Chevrolet Chevelle SS  was one of the iconic muscle cars used by the characters Milton (Nicolas Cage) and Piper (Amber Heard) in the 2011 movie “Drive Angry”. Milton and Piper drove the red-black-striped automobile of 1971 release to the complete victory over the main villain Jonah King (Billy Burke) and his gang.

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1971 Chevrolet Chevelle SS: America’s sporty darling

Engine V8 Horsepower 123 kW / 167 PS / 165 hp (SAE net) / 4000Torque 380 Nm / 280 ft-lb / 2400 Engine Location Front Drive Type RWD Weight 3165 lbs | 1435.62 kg Transmission 4-speed manual

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