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Chevrolet Chevelle 1973-1977
What ever happened to cars? Today it seems that most cars are designed to be massive filled with amenities that take away from the driving experience. While these new cars may represent the latest in technology, there is still something missing in these cars when compared with the simple thrills of cars that were made decades earlier. The 1970s were truly a time for classic automobiles that combined speed and style in an affordable package. Although there were many cars that were immensely popular at the time, one of the most acclaimed vehicles produced during this period was the Chevrolet Chevelle.
As one of Americaís oldest and most trusted automakers, Chevrolet has produced a number of classic vehicles that have managed to live a long life in the hearts of car lovers long after production has stopped. One of these cars has been the Chevrolet chevelle. The Chevy Chevelle was produced from 1964 to 1977 and is responsible for a number of highly sought after collectible cars. The car has managed to endure in popular memory and has inspired a number of people. These people include Pete and Same Loeffler who would found the popular alternative/hard-rock Band Chevelle, which was named after their fatherís favorite car. With their hard charging songs and wild spirit, the Band Chevelle typifies the spirit of the Chevrolet chevelle. The authors of such popular songs as Send the Pain Below, The Red, and The Clincher, the Band Chevelle has ironically managed to meet the same success as their automobile namesake.
The story of the Chevrolet Chevelle is really a story of two different cars. When it was first introduced in 1964, the Chevrolet Chevelle was designed to compete against popular muscle cars of their time like the Ford Fairlane. These early chevelle ss vehicles were the epitome of style of its time. With its flashy Malibu SS badge that was conveniently found on the carís rear quarter panel and powered by a V8 engine, these early chevelle cars were immensely popular. The 66 chevelle is particularly sought after in the car collector market, as it is the first high performance Chevelle SS 396, which would only be available until 1968. The 1967 chevelle included a limited run of vehicles that were designed in a strut back 2 door sport coupe style, which is also a highly desirable vehicle for people who canít get enough of the chevrolet chevelle.
During its initial run as a muscle car, the chevy chevelle produced a number of incredible automobiles that have made many people refer to them as the Classic Chevelle. The Classic Chevelle look can be found in highly popular cars like the 1970 chevelle, and the 1969 chevelle. The sporty but stylish vehicle was also bolstered by its popularity on the Nascar circuit. The chevelle was the perfect car for stock car racing and Nascar legends like mechanic Smokey Yunick and driver Curtis Turner were highly fond of the chevelle.
While many people view the initial 1964-1972 run of the chevelle to be the heyday of this popular vehicle, others will argue that it was the second generation of the Chevy Chevelle that really deserves to be called the Classic Chevelle period. Form 1973 to 1977, Chevy produced a highly popular line of a drastically redesigned chevy chavelle. This new generation of the Chevy Chavelle is fondly remembered for its domination in the NASCAR circuit.
There is a saying common among Nascar supporters that goes, ďwin on Sunday, sell on Monday.Ē That essentially means that if a car does well at Nascar races, it has proven that it is durable, powerful, and just a high quality product. From 1973 to 1977, the chevy chavelle was the most feared vehicle in the Nascar circuit. Its domination was so thorough that it forced Nascar to change a number of rules to help keep the competition more level. Racing legends like Dale Earnhardt, Junior Johnson, Janet Guthrie, and Darrell Waltrip helped build their considerable reputations by driving these Chevelles. The resounding success of the chevelle on the Nascar circuit helped establish Chevy as the leading automaker in Nascar circles. This reputation would be cemented when Chevrolet developed a new front nose in 1975, which many nascar lovers view as the precursor to the aerodynamic cars that are currently being used in the Nascar circuit.
While the 1973 to 1977 Chevy Chevelles were an undeniable success on the race track, the question remains whether it was suitable as a street vehicle. Chevrolet drastically redesigned the chevelle, turning it from a mid size muscle car into a versatile vehicle that was available as a 2 door coupe, a 2 door convertible, a 4 door sedan, and even as a 4 door station wagon. The biggest innovation that Chevy made with its Chevelle was adding a colonnade hardtop style that contained strong B pillars and a frameless door glass. Recognizing the advances made by the Pontiac Firebird and the Chevrolet Camaro, Chevy modeled the front suspension for the new Chavelles on those models.
With improved handling and powered by either a 250 I6 engine or a 454 V8 engine, the second generation of the Chevrolet Chevelle was a smashing success. Although many chevelle lovers were concerned with a sacrifice of its style, Chevrolet still emphasized the style that defines a Classic Chevelle. The 1973 to 1977 chevy chevelles featured swivel bucket seats and a power moon roof. The success of these chevelles even led to the development of a station wagon, which would be the genesis for future classic cars like the Chevrolet El Camino and the GMC Spirit.
As the best selling vehicle in General Motorís extensive line of automobiles, the chevy chevelle managed to be one of the cars that defined the late 1960s and 1970s. While GM would ultimately discontinue the Chevy Chevelle in 1977, the car has been the basis for such classic cars as the Chevrolet Malibu. A car that ruled the race tracks and the hearts of teenagers throughout the country, the chevelle is truly a special car. With cars continuing to morph in new and sometimes unfortunate ways, many people are trying to find those 1974 to 1977 Chevy Chevelles to bring back the rush of driving an amazing car!