In the popular film series The Fast and the Furious, one of the most recognizable and iconic cars is the 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS driven by Dominic Toretto. That particular Chevelle came from an era that is widely considered to have been the Golden Age of American Muscle, a time when General Motors was resolute on capturing the market share of drivers who wanted to burn rubber on their way out of the car lot. The Chevelle was in production from 1964 to 1977; here are the top three models from that halcyon time of American automobile manufacturing.
1970 Chevelle SS 454
The “SS” in this gorgeous car stands for Super Sport. This Chevelle was an aggressive move by General Motors to compete against the powerful Chrysler cars powered by the big-block Hemi engines and the lightning-fast Cobra Jet Ford Mustangs that could be purchased right from the factory. The 1970 Chevelle SS was ready for drag racing as soon as it rolled out of the assembly line thanks to the LS6 7.4L V8 engine, which delivered 450 hp and 500 ft-lbs of torque at the amazing compression rate of 11:25:1. An even faster version of the Chevelle SS was manufactured a year earlier. The specific purpose was to deliver them to car racing legend Don Yenko, who tuned the stock Chevy into a monster Yenko Super Car. Today, the car is valued at more than $2 million by collectors of classic and exotic vehicles.
1964 Malibu SS 327
The initial Chevelle run by General Motors consisted of the first generation Chevy Malibu, a very elegant car powered by a small-block engine originally found in the high-performance Corvette. The 1964 Malibu SS formally introduced the Super Sport package to drivers who were not keen on entering tuner culture in order to build their own hot rods; the first Malibu was powered by a 327 cubic inch L76 engine that produced 365 hp in a car built with a lightweight chassis, which would easily satisfy anyone’s need for speed.
1965 Malibu SS 396
Only 200 of these models were rolled out; they were mostly sold to celebrities and big names in the racing circuit as their personal cars.
The idea was to introduce the 396 cubic-inch Z16 engine, which cranked out 375 hp and would serve as the blueprint for the next generation of American muscle cars.
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