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post #61 of 101 (permalink) Old Jun 27th, 19, 9:03 PM
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66, 70 has highest value only because of 454.
‘70 SS has the highest value, 454 or not
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68 and mine has a 454
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Re: This debate came up today... What year is the best looking?

I love my 69 but 70 is my favorite. And as far as the best looking year, I think it has a lot to do with how the car is set up. I've seen some not so good looking 70's and 69's. Some guys like there cars lowered to the ground. Not my thing. I like the classic muscle car look.
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1970 and then 1966

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Re: This debate came up today... What year is the best looking?

I don't understand why '68s see, to get no love compared to '69s. I kind of like the '68 Dash with the unique knobs, the vent windows, and the taillights compared to '69. Of course the '69 has some nice features too (grill, smaller marker lights, etc).

I can't vote... I like 'em all. If I had to pick my least favorite year, I'd say the "bookend" years. To me, '65 > '64, and '71 > '72. I wouldn't turn down any 64-72 though.
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Re: This debate came up today... What year is the best looking?

I'm partial to 1972. This was the first car I bought new. So my vote is 1971 & 1972 style Chevelle.
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Re: This debate came up today... What year is the best looking?

Seems that no one mentioned the 1974 Malibu Classic!
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post #69 of 101 (permalink) Old Jun 28th, 19, 1:47 AM
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Re: This debate came up today... What year is the best looking?

It's very hard to pick a favorite for me. I've owned 67-70 Chevelle's. I'd say for me I like the 68/69 body style the best, and the tail lights on the 68 best out of those two. I currently have a BB 69 Chevelle, lotta fun to drive. Not an SS but factory 396 and four in the floor
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post #70 of 101 (permalink) Old Jun 28th, 19, 2:17 AM
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Re: This debate came up today... What year is the best looking?

If someone is going to convince me how good looking the 68 and 69's are, someone needs to explain what's going on here. (Note circled areas). Were these cars supposed to all have the trim in these spots? Did most cars have the trim and most people removed it?
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Re: This debate came up today... What year is the best looking?

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I'd say 67, but I like 66 Interior 2 tone seats better, and then 68. The 64,65 just seem so much older, in everything GM except maybe the Riviera. And after 68 the plastics really started kicking in. Now I agree that a 70 approaching in the rear view mirror is about as intimidating as it gets, but for the pure classic feel, 68 and older.
OK, I'm also going to go way the hell out on a limb here but while my first post is exactly how I feel, I have to include this.
I also am a huge fan of the 1976 Chevelle Laguna. That is the end of the era, and I was 12 when they were hitting the streets. To me bigger was better, and yeah, slow as a stone with smog motors, A body... I know, but I love that style on them. 1976 started the square sealed beams in some cars, and that was the end of an era for the whole classic look. The only thing good about the G-Body Malibu was they didn't call it a Chevelle. (but the El Caminos were still cool!)
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Re: This debate came up today... What year is the best looking?

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If someone is going to convince me how good looking the 68 and 69's are, someone needs to explain what's going on here. (Note circled areas). Were these cars supposed to all have the trim in these spots? Did most cars have the trim and most people removed it?
It depends on the body style. For 1968, SS cars have the angled headlight side trim, which extends all the way to the rear bumper. Malibus and Concours have the same headlight side trim, extending only to the front of the rear wheel well. The ONLY side trim on the 300 Deluxe is the wide ribbed trim on the rocker panels under the doors between the wheel wells. The plain-Jane 300 style has NO side trim whatsoever. Not sure about the 1969 cars since I've never owned one..

And yes, many people leave some or all of it off when repainting a car. That's where the confusion starts.
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Seems that no one mentioned the 1974 Malibu Classic!
I like 'em!

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I also am a huge fan of the 1976 Chevelle Laguna. That is the end of the era, and I was 12 when they were hitting the streets. To me bigger was better, and yeah, slow as a stone with smog motors, A body... I know, but I love that style on them.
Slow in stock form, but if you've ever driven a 73-77, they do drive a lot nicer than the 64-72 cars.
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Re: This debate came up today... What year is the best looking?

Let's look at this a different way.

Some events of 1969.
1. Chevrolet offers the beautiful and stylish 69 Chevelle.
2. The United states puts a the first human being on the surface of the Moon with Apollo 11.
3. The Legendary Woodstock music festival takes place in New York state.

Some events of 1970
1. Chevrolet restyles the 1970 Chevelle.
2. The United States attempts to return to the moon with Apollo 13 but fails.
3. The Beatles call it quits and perhaps the greatest guitarist of all time, Jim Hendrix dies from an overdose.
Maybe the Beatles and Hendrix were just depressed that it was no longer 1969.
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