The Chevelle is a classic car from the Chevrolet line-up that the brand manufactured from 1964 to 1977. Through three generations, this popular model evolved and changed, while also offering buyers a range of body styles and trim levels like the Super Sport, Laguna, El Camino, and Malibu. Chevelle turned out to be one of the most successful nameplates for Chevy, in spite of the fact that it was produced for just a decade and a half.
Chevy introduced the first Chevelle in 1964 as competition for the Ford Fairlane. It also represented a return to the popular mid-1950s models that were of a similar size to the new Chevelle. For the first generation, Chevy brought out a range of body styles to suit every taste including two- and four-door hardtops, sedans, and wagons, as well as a convertible and two-door sport coupe. Engine options were also plentiful with several inline-six and V8 choices for all models.
With the introduction of the Pontiac GTO and the Oldsmobile 442 in the mid ‘60s, Chevy knew they had to get into the muscle car game. They came up with the Chevelle SS, which meant buyers could get a 327-cubic inch V8 with either 250 or 300 horsepower. Of course, this wasn’t enough, so next came the SS396 with a big block V8 with up to 375 horsepower.
By the second generation, from 1968 to 1972, the Chevelle was arguably the most successful mid-sized car on the U.S. market. The versatility in body styles, trim levels, and performance packages meant that everyone could find something they liked in the car, from affordable and plain, to revved up and powerful.
By 1973 and the start of the third generation the Chevelle totally lost the hardtop and received a complete redesign. This was to be its last. The nameplate was down to just three body types and the SS option would be dropped by the end of 1973. By 1977, the Chevelle was on its last legs, although it was still a popular seller for Chevy.