The Chevelle SS: Chevy’s Classic Muscle Car from 1964 to 1973
When Chevrolet was ready to get into the muscle car movement it did so with the Super Sport, or SS, version of its mid-sized Chevelle, to compete with its brothers GTO and 442. The Chevelle model was an entirely new line for 1964 and Chevy continued to produce it through 1973, when the Malibu name took over. Buyers in the 1960s loved the Chevelle and the SS especially. It proved to be one of Chevy’s best-selling nameplates and the SS impressed both typical buyers and muscle car fans.
When the Chevelle SS came out in 1964, the time was right for more muscle cars. Americans loved muscle and every car company was scrambling to produce the next great model. Mid-sized cars with big, powerful engines were all the rage and the Chevelle SS fit right in with the trend. The first SS came as an add-on package, for a mere $162, on the top tier Malibu sport coupe and convertible models. Nearly half of the buyers that first year opted to add the SS equipment, which included bucket seats, a vinyl interior, fancy wheel covers, a four-gauge cluster, and an optional tachometer. SS buyers could also choose between the 283 and 327-cubic inch small-block V8 engine to go
under the hood. For its second year on the market the Chevelle SS could be purchased with a 396-cubic inch big-block V8.
The Chevelle SS evolved over its ten-year run into a stylish and powerful muscle car, making it popular in its time, but maybe even more popular today. Muscle car enthusiasts love this classic car and certain models command respectable prices in today’smarketplace. Among the most desirable and collectible models today are the 1970 Chevelle SS 454 LS6 and the 1969 Chevelle Yenko 427.