• Rare example of a true muscle car legend
• Stunning factory triple black livery; outstanding restoration
• Very well-equipped with features and options
• Original LS5 four-speed car now featuring date-coded LS6
• Documented with factory Build Sheet
454 cid V-8 engine, single Holley 780 CFM four-barrel carburetor, 450 HP, Muncie four-speed manual transmission, independent front suspension with unequal-length upper and lower control arms, coil springs and anti-roll bar, four-link rear suspension with 12-bolt rear-end housing, and vacuum-assisted front disc and rear drum hydraulic brakes; wheelbase: 112"
A huge sales success from introduction for 1964, Chevrolet’s new A-Body intermediate models delivered a rare combination of clean, attractive styling, extensive options, useful passenger space, and sheer value. Capable of accommodating most every available Chevy power plant from economical inline sixes to small-block V-8s and eventually Chevy’s hot Mark IV big-block engine from 1965, the Chevelle offered virtually something for everyone. Immediately modified for drag racing, NASCAR ovals, and clandestine street races, the new mid-size Chevy immediately gained a formidable reputation that continues stronger than ever today.
A major redesign for 1968 brought a sportier new look with a shorter wheelbase and long-hood, short-deck styling with tapered fenders and a rounded beltline. The Chevelle and its upscale Malibu series were available in virtually every conceivable body style, including convertibles, coupes, hardtop coupes, sedans, and station wagons, plus the El Camino pickup. This ‘Second Generation” style continued through 1972 and stands as the most popular today. The Chevelle was revised for 1970 with a more sculptured look and four headlights now smoothed-in alongside the grille. The SS 396 now came standard with F41 sports suspension, which included front and rear sway bars and stiffer springs. Buyers got power front disc brakes, F70 belted tires on 14x7 five-spoke SS wheels, chrome wheel openings and dual exhaust with chrome tips. Black-out panels, front and back, were capped with bold ‘SS’ emblems.
By 1970, the GM brass finally allowed engines over 400 cubic-inches without the fleet-oriented COPO (Corporate Office Production Order) channel required in the midsize A-Bodies, making the new 454 big-block engines now available in 360-horsepower RPO LS5 and 450 horsepower RPO LS6 tune levels. For street performance, the LS5 was ideal. Sporting a maintenance-free hydraulic cam and belting out 360 rated ponies with a stump-pulling torque output of 500 pounds-feet, the LS5 perfectly combined performance and ease of maintenance. The all-out LS6 brought 450 horsepower and enough grunt to draw Hot Rod magazine editors to dub the car “Earth Mover.” Comparable to Chrysler’s feared Hemi cars, the LS6 Chevelle was most famously and successfully campaigned by Tommy Kling and Ralph Truppi’s Truppi-King Competition shop out of New Jersey. Driven by hotshoe Ray Allen, their lone LS6 Chevelle SS 454 convertible took on and shut down Chrysler’s mighty armada of factory-backed drag racers and took all the marbles in NHRA Super Stock in 1970 and continued to dominate in 1971. The Chevelle was popular and virtually unbeatable on the street as well, with its legacy remaining stronger than ever today.
This extremely rare factory-built triple black 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle Malibu SS 454 Convertible is an outstanding find. An original 360-horsepower, LS5-specification four-speed car, it is beautifully restored and presently powered by an authentic date-coded LS6 454 V-8 engine delivering 450 factory-rated horsepower and even more performance than when the car was delivered new. In addition to being a rare original SS 454 convertible, it is highly optioned and equipped with the aforementioned Muncie four-speed manual transmission, plus Strato-bucket seats, floor console, AM-FM radio, Comfort-Grip steering wheel, tilt steering wheel, power steering, ZL2 Cowl Induction, white Rally stripes, and a power convertible top. Correct scripts, emblems, trim, and five-spoke “SS” wheels mounting F70-14 Goodyear Polyglas tires. The trunk compartment of this truly outstanding SS 454 Convertible is equally impressive, being fully and correctly restored and presented, completely outfitted with a proper trunk mat, mounted spare tire, jack, and roadside tools. Factory-correct decals, markings, and stencils are found throughout the car. An outstanding restored example in extremely rare triple black livery, featuring LS6 power, a four-speed, and many desirable options, this 1970 Chevelle SS 454 is a top-notch example of pure American muscle in open-air convertible form.
1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 454 Convertible