Muscle Car Book Review: Chevelle 1964-1972
This is another Mike Mueller book published by Motorbooks. I also is an older book having been first published in 1993.
The Table of Contents is:
- Chapter 1: Introduction; Bow-Tie Bloodlines
- Chapter 2: 1964; Plugging the Gap
- Chapter 3: 1965; From A to Z
- Chapter 4: 1966-1967; Big-Block or No Block
- Chapter 5: 1968-1969; The Long and Sort of It
- Chapter 6: 1970; Fit To Be Tied
- Chapter 7: 1971-1972 End of the Road
Arguably, the Chevelle is one of the most popular Muscle Cars of all time. 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.
I bet you never think Chevelle when you think of NASCAR. Well listen to what the book has to say about the famous Smokey Yunick and his infamous black and gold Chevelle.
“Although Chevrolet was supposedly “out of racing,” that didn’t stop the legendary smokey Yunick from building a 1966 Chevelle for NASCAR competition. Created with a little help through Chevrolet Engineering’s “back door,” his #13 Chevelle appeared at the 1967 Daytona 500 and promptly won the pole. Called a “beautifully handcrafted 15/16-scale model of the genuine article” by Hod Rod’s Eric Dahlquist, Yunick’s Chevelle had the competition and NASCAR officials up in arms–and for good reason. That the tech inspector’s stock body form template wouldn’t fit Yunick’s downsized sheet metal was just the tip of the rule-bending iceberg. Yunick’s return to Daytona 500 in 1968 with an even more radical 1966 Chevelle only brought about a more dedicated attempt to thwart his efforts–his second #13 Chevelle was banned from Daytona and never raced a lap.”
If you don’t think Chevelle and NASCAR I bet you don’t think 1955 Chevy and Chevelle either. Well, this book points out that a 1964 Chevelle and a 1955 Chevrolet are very similar and may be the reason for the Chevelle’s popularity. 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!
Mueller even does a good job of covering the Yenko Chevelle. The one pictured here is one of ninety-nine 1969 Yenko Chevelles sold that year.
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.