Arguably, the Chevelle is one of the most popular Muscle Cars of all time. Ok, don’t leave if you aren’t a Chevy guy, stay with me. I have owned some Chevelles and Chevelle based El Caminos and loved everyone of them. I am not sure why there isn’t one in the garage right now.
After reading Muscle Car Color History Chevelle 1964-1972 by Mike Mueller and published by Motorbooks, I may just have to start looking for one. If you are into Chevelles or just want to know more about them, this book is for you.
It contains a lot of beautiful photos of Chevelles as well as a wealth of technical information and diagrams. The history of how the car came about is also interesting, especially if you weren’t around when this was all going on.
Today, we don’t think of a 1964 Chevelle and a 1955 Chevrolet being very similar but back in the day that was not the case. Consider this:
- 1955 Bel Air Sport Coupe Wheelbase was 115 inches; on the 1964 Chevelle Sport Coupe it was 115 inches.
- The Bel Air was 195.6 inches long; and the Chevelle Sport Coupe was 193.9 inches.
- The Bel Air was 74.0 inches wide and weighed 3,195lb; where as the Chevelle Sport Coupe was 74.6 inches wide and weighed 3,390lb.
- The Chevelle was only 54.5 inches tall; a full 7.6 inches lower. Now if you take a 55 Chevy, lower it and chop the top its about the same!
If you are not into Chevelles, you need to read this book. Why? Because it is full of statistics and horsepower numbers so you can go do your research on your own Hemi or Boss 429 car and bench race with your Chevy buddies. We will get to those books in the future, but for now check out the Chevelles.
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About the Author: I grew up and lived in Iowa for nearly 40 years before moving to Southern California. The time there was very rewarding but the urge for a slower pace moved us to Tennessee a few years ago and we love it. I have been into cars since I was old enough to remember. I don't have a brand loyalty although I do prefer American Muscle. As long as it has four wheels on it I get excited. Few men are lucky enough to be able to share their passion for cars with the woman they love. Fortunately, my wife Katriana is also a gear head and many of our activities revolve around the cars. When they don't we are usually out with our miniature donkeys. You can see more about that part of our lives at http://www.LegendaryFarms.com.