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From the “coke bottle look” to NASCAR, the Chevrolet Chevelle had quite a ride from 1964 to 1977:
• 1964: Developed as a mid-sized muscle car intended to compete with the Ford Fairlane
• 1964-65: Early 1964 and 1965 Chevelles had a Malibu SS badge on the rear quarter panel. Chevelles with the mid-1965 Z16 option had the emblem on the front fender as well as distinct in-house style numbers: 737 for the hardtop and 767 for the convertible.
• 1966 “coke bottle”: A complete restyle in 1966 included smooth contours, a broad new grille and bumper treatment, curved side windows, bulging rear fender lines and a “flying buttress” roofline The new body reflected the “Coke bottle” body shape that became the fad for American cars in the mid-1960s.
• 1967 tweaks: Longer, more straightforward appearance. Large wraparound tail lamps went into a new rear end with standard backup lights.
• ’68 makeover: An all-new distinctly sculpted body with tapered front fenders and a rounded belt line. The car adopted a long-hood/short-deck profile.
• There were 1968 SS427 Chevelle’s sold on Indian reservation to bypass the GM rules that prevented a car from having more than 1 horse power per 10 pounds of weight limit (exception was the Corvette).
• 1969: Billed as “America’s most popular mid-size car.”
• 1970: Sheet metal revisions gave the bodies a more squared-up stance.
• 1971: Chevelles got fresh front-end and rear-end styling that included large Power-Beam single-unit headlights, a reworked grille and bumper.
• 1972 Chevelles wore single-unit parking/side marker lights on their front fenders, outside of a revised twin-bar grille. It is the last year popular for Chevelle car collectors.
• The Yenko Chevelles: Retired race car driver Don Yenko developed his own line of signature Chevelles, along with his own models of Camaros and Novas, which became the Yenko Super Cars. At the time, the largest engine being installed in Chevelle SS’s was the 396 cid V8. Today at auction, the Yenko Super Cars can bring as much as $2.2 million.
• Controversy: The most extensive redesign in its 10-year history marked the 1973 Chevelle, eliminating hardtop models due to concern over proposed Federal rollover standards. This move was somewhat controversial with the buying public as hardtops had been a staple of American cars for over 20 years and their presence almost taken for granted.
• 1973: An inside hood release was introduced
• 1974: New grilles, new taillights and 5 mph rear bumpers.
• 1975: All models rode steel-belted radial tires.
• 1976 : Billed as “a size whose time has come” with square headlights.
• 1977: Chevelles got new grilles.
Big in NASCAR
1973: Benny Parsons and his Chevelle hold on to win the NASCAR Winston Cup Grand National championship.
1976: Cale Yarborough and his No. 11 Chevelle win nine races along the way to the first of three consecutive NASCAR titles, beating Richard Petty by 195 points.
1977: Daytona 500-Cale Yarborough Chevelle pulls away from Benny Parsons Chevelle in the final laps to win in his second Daytona 500.
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