Even if you’re not a diehard car enthusiast, you’ve heard the name Chevelle. As one of Chevrolet’s most successful nameplates, the Chevelle is one of the most iconic American muscle cars, boasting a sleek body style and a high-performance engine quality throughout its years of production.
Not only did the Chevelle leaving a lasting mark on the auto world, but it also permeated pop culture and even influenced NASCAR. Simply put, when it comes to cars that defined generations, the Chevelle is definitely somewhere near the top of the list.
If you’re hoping to understand more about phenomenon behind the Chevrolet Chevelle, here are a few crucial facts to get you started.
1. The Chevelle was in production from 1964-1978.
2. Unlike the Ford Mustang, the Chevrolet Chevelle was classified as a mid-sized car.
3. When it came to designing the Chevelle, Chevrolet wanted a car to compete with the Ford Fairlane and to compare to popular models of the ’50s.
4. The 1965 Chevelle Z16, which had a standard big-block 396 Turbo-Jet V8 engine, was originally priced at $1,501.
5. Chevelles are unique in the fact that they provided the body for some very different models, including the El Camino and the Chevrolet Chevelle Malibu SS.
6. Engine options varied from a 155 horsepower six cylinder to a 454 LS6 with a whopping 450 horsepower.
7. In 1969, the Chevelle was the best-selling and most popular mid-sized car.
8. The most expensive Chevelle ever auctioned off was a 1970 Chevelle SS, also known as the Chevelle Super Sport. The SS convertible sold for $1.15 million.
9. The Chevelle has appeared in over 1,600 movies and TV shows, including Fast and the Furious and Jack Reacher, which featured the Chevrolet Chevelle SS 454.
10. The third-generation Chevelle — which ranged from small-block V8 engines to big-block V8 engines and 3-speed manual transmission to 3-speed automatic transmission — was essentially the exclusive body style used in NASCAR from 1973-1977.
11. Chevrolet has no plans (as of yet) to revive the beautiful Chevelle, despite it being one of the most popular nameplates of all time.