I live in Houston Texas and would like to start my journey of researching and buying my first Chevelle. I am 40 years old now and I have always wanted a classic car and I love the Chevelle body style. The kids are in college, so I have some money for my own hobby now and enjoy something I like.
Below is some details I need help with and the details/goals of the car.
Can you please tell me what type of Chevelle style fits me as far engine type, transmission, suspension, driveability? This way I know what to look for.
Please forgive me if I ask ignorance questions, I am still learning.
1. I will drive the car probaly 2-4 times a week. Twice to work and on the weekends. I will drive probably 300 miles a week. But I will drive weekly.
2. I will not be racing, so HP and high performance is not important for me. Speed is not that important for me.
3. Automatic Transmission
4. Modern suspension, brakes, power steering for some comfortable driving.
5. I do plan to ride on the weekends with my lady, so not too loud of a noise. Loud, but not as loud.
6. I am not mechnical skilled to work on cars, but I do learn fast, so I will have to find and trust a reliable classic car mechanic. I figure I learn as time goes by.
7. I plan to keep the car forever.
8. Budget is $20K to $30K.
9. Right now, I jut want to drive the Chevelle. It does not need to be fancy or perfectly restored, I can fix up a few things as time goes on.
10. I do not want a restore project, I prefer to buy a Chevelle already fit for driving.
11. I do plan to ride around town with my Labrador dog in car.
12. I will drive on highway.
13. 1970-1972 Body style is what I like
14. Air condition would be great to have.
If I can go back to 1970 and buy a Chevelle, I would like everything as is, execpt for supsension and brakes modernizatin of easier drive.
Can you please give me an idea of what type below fits my style?
1. Engine type (small block or big block)
2. Carburetor (I am not very knowledgable on this)
5. Anything else you can add would be great for me for a start.
I do plan to start visiting classic car shows locally as well.
I really appreciate all the advice and recommendations I can get towards my journey.
Thank you. Feel free to ask me any questions please.