The Definitive Chevelle SS Guide 1964-1972: Facts, Figures and Features of Chevrolet's Legendary Muscle Car

CarTech Inc
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Chevelles have always carried a certain aura about them. As Chevrolet's entry into the mid-sized muscle car market, they provided high sales numbers across many platforms as Chevrolet won the manufacturers crown six of nine years from 1964 to 1972. At the tip of the Chevrolet sales spear resided the Chevelle SS.

Beginning in 1969, the Chevelle SS was no longer its own model and was relegated to being an option package. Hence, it can become difficult to determine if a 1969–1972 model was ordered from the factory with Super Sport equipment. Author and noted Chevelle expert Dale McIntosh discusses each model in a year-by-year format, providing correct information on what was and wasn't part of the Malibu SS, SS396, and SS-optioned Chevelle. Crucial to this is a firm understanding of plant-by-plant variances along with mid-year changes that he has identified to make your Chevelle SS factory correct.

Rarely does a book offer this much hard data in an easy and concise read. You will be confident that your Chevelle SS is as original as possible.

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Dale McIntosh became a Chevelle enthusiast when he purchased his first black/black 1967 SS396 in the fall of 1967. In the 1990s, Dale created a website, Team67.com, that morphed into ChevelleStuff.net; it is a resource for Chevelle information. Dale is a leading expert in the Chevelle community on cars ranging from 1964 through 1972. He has also authored 1970 Chevelle SS: Muscle Cars In Detail #1 and Chevelle 1964-1972 Data and ID Guide

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CarTech Inc
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Published on
Feb 15, 2018
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192
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ISBN
9781613253656
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English
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Transportation / Automotive / History
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