You definitely know people who have done it, and you’ve probably done it, too. When taking your brand new car out in public, you park way out towards the edge of the lot, away from everyone, because walking an extra five minutes is absolutely worth it if you escape without any scratches or dings.
And yet, someone always manages to mess things up. Somehow, they always find you.
In this case, they’ll find you even in the actual middle of nowhere. While this crowd of muscle car enthusiasts won’t leave a mark on the vehicle, they do manage to show up at the most inopportune time, full of questions and comments about this sleek Chevelle SS 396.
By 1970, muscle cars were in — big time — and the Chevelle SS 396 was at the top of the heap. The standard engine was a 350 horsepower Turbo-Jet 396 V8, though the version featured in this commercial is the 375-horsepower cowl induction version. When drivers stepped on the gas, the cowl flipped open to allow extra airflow under the hood. Or, as the Chevelle sales brochure touted, it offered “second wind to a distance runner.” Along with the strangely life-like breathing cowl hood, the higher-horsepower engine also included hood lock pins and stripes.
It was pure power, but, according to this commercial, it was something more — a magnetic force that could summon strangers across the wide beyond to check out the tight, aggressive lines, the purring dual exhaust, and even the tires. There doesn’t seem to be a spare inch of Chevelle with the number of fans and admirers it draws.
So, just as your brand new car will be found and it will be dinged in the farthest reaches of the parking lot, so too will Chevy’s classic muscle car be found by those who search the hardest. Bu, if the 1970 Chevelle SS396 gets scratched, someone’s gonna pay, big time. It’s a classic!
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