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post #31 of 45 (permalink) Old May 8th, 20, 9:50 PM Thread Starter
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Re: Rarest 'Velles, For Curiosity

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So, this may not fully meet your criteria for rare, but my 70 Chevelle SS396 has some rarity to it. Most notably is the paint scheme- it is a true two tone car (D99) with a white (10) paint top, and gold (55) lower section, and stripes are white. Ive talked to the Chevrolet Heritage Center and they do not seem to have detailed numbers on exactly how many cars were built with various options, but they could tell me that less than 4% of 1970 Chevelles were built with a two-tone paint scheme. Ive had my car for 45 yrs now and I have seen only one like it, that is specifically with white and gold two tone. Ive seen a few other two-tones but not many at all. And in going to shows with it, people regularly tell me theyve never seen another one. Many people ask if it was originally a vinyl top and I can affirmatively say no since Ive had it for so long and I have the orig build sheets. Also, it is highly optioned. While not the red and black version seen in so many of the ads, it is a very nice and sharp looking car that Ive been proud to own. It is nice to have something a bit different.
This is what I was really asking for. Not that any of the rest of the comments are wrong, no sir. It is great to read about all of them. I can truly say, I have never seen your paint scheme anywhere either.

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My car was 1 of 12 built with the M22 Rock Crusher transmission. It also had the L78 engine and 3.73 posi rearend with metallic brakes... But the drivetrain (except the rearend) was LONG GONE by the time I got the car in the mid-80's... It was "ridden hard and put away wet." I did find paperwork/documentation for the car, but that was back when I was a teen and didn't know or care much, especially since it was gutted and thrashed... I had some older "Corvette" guys help me decipher those papers, but back then, none of those guys knew how rare the M22 was in a Chevelle. However, over the course of 30+ years of moving, and my mother moving too (where much of my stuff was stored), I have not seen the paperwork since...

I am rebuilding it with a look of the original, or what I'd like to think it was (maybe Day-Two), like a factory race car adding things like heater delete and radio block-off panels, not installing the console, adding a cowl plenum air cleaner, etc) and some modern safety upgrades (dual master cylinder and radial tires) Its just gonna be a fun driver... I hope... When I got it, there was no heater or radio, but no factory block off plates either, just a sheet of aluminum on the firewall and where the heater control went (with lights and toggles), fiberglass buckets, no console, but I can see where the console brackets were chiseled from the floor...


My car was originally delivered (according to the NCRS documents) to a dealership in Pacifica California, just south of San Francisco. This was the closest Chevrolet dealership to the famous Half Moon Bay drag strip, so I like to think it was ordered purposely for duty at the racetrack... And I am rebuilding it with that in mind... I was even thinking that I have trophies from Half Moon Bay (my dad raced there for fun), but the plaques read "Tri-Counties Dragstrip" or something similar ( it was the name of the organization that owned the track)



My parents special ordered a '76 or 77 Malibu Classic wagon with buckets and a console. The order got kicked back once, but the dealership got the zone manager to push it through...

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Re: Rarest 'Velles, For Curiosity

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My car was 1 of 12 built with the M22 Rock Crusher transmission. It also had the L78 engine and 3.73 posi rearend with metallic brakes... But the drivetrain (except the rearend) was LONG GONE by the time I got the car in the mid-80's... It was "ridden hard and put away wet." I did find paperwork/documentation for the car, but that was back when I was a teen and didn't know or care much, especially since it was gutted and thrashed... I had some older "Corvette" guys help me decipher those papers, but back then, none of those guys knew how rare the M22 was in a Chevelle. However, over the course of 30+ years of moving, and my mother moving too (where much of my stuff was stored), I have not seen the paperwork since...

I am rebuilding it with a look of the original, or what I'd like to think it was (maybe Day-Two), like a factory race car adding things like heater delete and radio block-off panels, not installing the console, adding a cowl plenum air cleaner, etc) and some modern safety upgrades (dual master cylinder and radial tires) Its just gonna be a fun driver... I hope... When I got it, there was no heater or radio, but no factory block off plates either, just a sheet of aluminum on the firewall and where the heater control went (with lights and toggles), fiberglass buckets, no console, but I can see where the console brackets were chiseled from the floor...


My car was originally delivered (according to the NCRS documents) to a dealership in Pacifica California, just south of San Francisco. This was the closest Chevrolet dealership to the famous Half Moon Bay drag strip, so I like to think it was ordered purposely for duty at the racetrack... And I am rebuilding it with that in mind... I was even thinking that I have trophies from Half Moon Bay (my dad raced there for fun), but the plaques read "Tri-Counties Dragstrip" or something similar ( it was the name of the organization that owned the track)



My parents special ordered a '76 or 77 Malibu Classic wagon with buckets and a console. The order got kicked back once, but the dealership got the zone manager to push it through...
I like that you are going for the stripped-down racer theme, as it likely was was envisioned when your '66 was ordered. M22s in '66 Chevelles, that without question is a rarity. The cowl plenum intake sounds totally in sync with the intended purpose.

As for the swivel buckets in a G-3 wagon, it was a factory option on 1974 through 1976 Chevelle wagons (Malibu Classic 74-76, even base Malibu 74-75). Quite rare I'd say.

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How about a 67 Malibu Sport Sedan (4-dr hardtop) with a 327 and FACTORY 4-speed? I've got one of those!
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My car was 1 of 12 built with the M22 Rock Crusher transmission. It also had the L78 engine and 3.73 posi rearend with metallic brakes... But the drivetrain (except the rearend) was LONG GONE by the time I got the car in the mid-80's... It was "ridden hard and put away wet." I did find paperwork/documentation for the car, but that was back when I was a teen and didn't know or care much, especially since it was gutted and thrashed... I had some older "Corvette" guys help me decipher those papers, but back then, none of those guys knew how rare the M22 was in a Chevelle. However, over the course of 30+ years of moving, and my mother moving too (where much of my stuff was stored), I have not seen the paperwork since...

I am rebuilding it with a look of the original, or what I'd like to think it was (maybe Day-Two), like a factory race car adding things like heater delete and radio block-off panels, not installing the console, adding a cowl plenum air cleaner, etc) and some modern safety upgrades (dual master cylinder and radial tires) Its just gonna be a fun driver... I hope... When I got it, there was no heater or radio, but no factory block off plates either, just a sheet of aluminum on the firewall and where the heater control went (with lights and toggles), fiberglass buckets, no console, but I can see where the console brackets were chiseled from the floor...


My car was originally delivered (according to the NCRS documents) to a dealership in Pacifica California, just south of San Francisco. This was the closest Chevrolet dealership to the famous Half Moon Bay drag strip, so I like to think it was ordered purposely for duty at the racetrack... And I am rebuilding it with that in mind... I was even thinking that I have trophies from Half Moon Bay (my dad raced there for fun), but the plaques read "Tri-Counties Dragstrip" or something similar ( it was the name of the organization that owned the track)



My parents special ordered a '76 or 77 Malibu Classic wagon with buckets and a console. The order got kicked back once, but the dealership got the zone manager to push it through...
Dont forget Champion raceway, an 1/8th mile dragstrip located across highway 101 from Candlestick park where the transfer station now sits.

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How about a 67 Malibu Sport Sedan (4-dr hardtop) with a 327 and FACTORY 4-speed? I've got one of those!
Jeff the question is what 65-67 Chevelle DON'T you own?

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As the title states; what are the rarest Chevelles you know about? Any years or body styles. Rare for any reason. Only one ever produced in a particular, maybe ugly, color? Only one an unknown dealer built trying to get in on the Nickey and Motion train? Etc....

Though I have crawled thru here, google, and multiple books, in my mind there's always a treasure out there the general public, authors, etc do not know about. Not asking about the holy grails, most sought after, or the most valuable. Those have books and websites dedicated to them already. I'm more curious about the ones that 99% of Chevelle aficionodas can see at a show, and have no idea how special that car is compared to all the other Chevelles sitting around it.

Just curious. Thank you and have a Blessed day.
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If it doesn't fit, force it. If it breaks, it needed to be replaced anyway.

I have to keep reminding myself this isn't a Z16 convertible, Evening Orchid Camaro, or factory 1966 SS427 and get on with it.


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Wasn't there a 1970 4 door with SS parts from the factory that someone found?

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1986 , Gtmo Bay , 1965 Arcadian , green ! Gtmo had a dragstrip Said was fastest car on the Island ! I tried to find the owner ! Said was a Jamaican ! My Company ( CCC Georgia) was the only shipping Company ! No problem getting it home ! Didn’t happen ! I believe this car is still there ! When a vehicle sits awhile, a forklift loads it on a flatbed and hauls to North of Marine Barricks junkyard ! It was amazing how many classics were there ! Plenty of parts and whole cars to choose from ! Marine and Navy Hot Rodders , go check it out !
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Thanks all for all the answers. Enjoying my time chasing some of these online to see them!
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15+ years ago my father and I restored a real deal, matching #s 1967 El Camino L79 327. Buckets, console, knee knocker tack, power disc brakes, rallys, wood wheel, am/fm radio. It was red with black interior, M20, 3.31 12 bolt posi. That was one I wish he had kept. Last I knew, it was in Jax. FL

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15+ years ago my father and I restored a real deal, matching #s 1967 El Camino L79 327. Buckets, console, knee knocker tack, power disc brakes, rallys, wood wheel, am/fm radio. It was red with black interior, M20, 3.31 12 bolt posi. That was one I wish he had kept. Last I knew, it was in Jax. FL
Knee-knocker tach in 67? Don't think so unless one has a very, very long left leg.
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1971 LS6 Chevelle. I think it's a unicorn, but every now and then someone will pop in and think they have one. I don't believe there was a 1971 LS6 car delivered from the factory.

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1971 and 1972 were the only production years for The Heavy Chevy Chevelle "RPO-YF3", of those cars produced very few came with the 402 as an option (LS4?). If I recall there were something like 19 documented 1971 Heavies with big blocks. Chime in DaleM? I have only seen 2 for sale (documented) and never seen one in person. But I do know where a 1972 Heavy with a 402 is.

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There were very few 1972 Chevelle LS5 Convertible made.

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