This is the car that started it all for many Chevelle restorations. The Goodmark Chevelle was built in the pages of Super Chevy back in 2002-2003. At the time, availability of new body panels and parts for the '70 Chevelle was limited to original NOS supplies that were drying up. Goodmark recognized the '70's explosive popularity, and used this car to showcase its brand-new line of '70 Chevelle body parts. This is the car that started it all for many Chevelle restorations. The Goodmark Chevelle Many-due to income level, military status and/or family responsibilities-could only dream of owning a '70 Chevelle when new (including me and my young family). In '75, we bought a loaded '70 Monte Carlo (which was essentially an overgrown Chevelle) from the original owner. We still own it today. Finally, in 2005, we got our '70 Chevelle. It's a maroon-over-black Malibu sport coupe with a big cam 383 stroker, four-speed, and 4.88:1 12-bolt Posi. It's reasonably fast (said to run 12.40s) and closely resembles exactly what we used to build back in the day. We don't know anyone who doesn't like the '70 Super Sport. For decades, writers and owners alike have agreed the '70 SS Chevelle is one of the best-looking cars Chevrolet ever produced. Just like with other classics, there are a ton of great "Chevelle rescue" stories with the '70 model, like this one from the December '08 issue of Super Chevy. Shannon Brickley pulled this example from a field in Tennessee where it had sat underneath a tarp for 18 years. The car had sunk into the mud and rusted out on the bottom, but Shannon wasn't to be deterred. After a lot of new sheetmetal, he returned this original LS6 car to fighting trim. Just like with other classics, there are a ton of great "Chevelle rescue" stories with the The lowest production '70 Chevelle we can think of is those 18 early production 375hp 402 SS models with RPO L89 aluminum heads. For the record, there were 64,225 396 (402) and 454 big-block Chevelles sold, of which I believe 1,853 were El Caminos. Almost all of the other really low production '70 Chevelles had one thing in common: a six-cylinder engine. (Grand total/all Chevelles: 28,791). We're curious how many still exist today. You see, many received a V-8 transplant by a later owner for both street and strip use, NHRA and IHRA Stock and Super Stock Eliminator included. Kevin Watkins' '70 ragtop was featured back in the February '06 issue of Super Chevy. It represents a good example of the middle ground between full restorations and all-out transformations. Any rusty sheetmetal was replaced and for power a popular GM Performance 502 crate engine backed by a TH400 trans was installed. Modern Wilwood brakes and aftermarket wheels and tires were also added. On the inside, the Chevelle was left stock for comfortable top-down cruises. Kevin Watkins' '70 ragtop was featured back in the February '06 issue of Super Chevy. It r This particular Chevelle never left the nest so to speak. From the day it was built, this '70 ragtop has been owned by General Motors and used as a test mule by GM Performance Parts for testing and development of its ever-expanding line of crate engines and accessories. When it was featured in the October '06 issue of Super Chevy, it hosted the first ZZ572 crate engine in 620-horse form. Other crate engines this particular Chevelle tested before production were the 502, the Ramjet ZL1, Ramjet 350, and the ubiquitous ZZ4 350, which some consider the catalyst for starting the mail-order motor craze that is still popular today. This particular Chevelle never left the nest so to speak. From the day it was built, this Another fantastic example of the '70 Chevelle's versatility is another one of The Roadster Shop's creations. Look for the feature in this issue. Another fantastic example of the '70 Chevelle's versatility is another one of The Roadster In this GM archive photo dated August 2, 1967, you can see an early design concept for the '70 Chevelle that has a grille/front face very similar to what the '69 fullsize line was destined to look like. In this GM archive photo dated August 2, 1967, you can see an early design concept for the Two months later, in October of 1967, the front fascia and grille have gone through some radical restyling. Very striking in this photo is a grille that bears a striking resemblance to the '70 Camaro, which was being developed at the same time. Two months later, in October of 1967, the front fascia and grille have gone through some r By the end of November in 1967, the design that would eventually be the '70 Chevelle was really taking shape. While the headlight buckets ended up changing some more, in this photo you see what ended up being very close to the production model grille. By the end of November in 1967, the design that would eventually be the '70 Chevelle was r This undated drawing shows what ended up being close to the production front end, with the quad headlights recessed into the fascia in individual buckets opposed to the early design concept with the pair of headlights sharing the same bucket. This undated drawing shows what ended up being close to the production front end, with the In this undated photo, you can see where design influence for the '70 Monte Carlo came from. In this undated photo, you can see where design influence for the '70 Monte Carlo came fro RAREST '70 CHEVELLES (SIX-CYLINDER ENGINE) SERIES MODEL TOTAL 13336 Station Wagon 877 13536 Station Wagon 442 13539 Sport Sedan 602 13567 Convertible 381 13580 El Camino 539 16337 Sport Coupe 1,793 TOTAL '70 Chevelles Production: 442,046 « | 1 | 2 | View Full Article By Patrick Hill Enjoyed this Post? 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