The Chevrolet Chevelle was a Chevrolet’s mid-sized model. The Chevelle was offered between 1964 through the 1977 model years. It was part of General Motors successful line of A-body rear wheel drive platform cars: the Chevrolet Chevelle/Malibu, Pontiac Tempest/GTO, Oldsmobile Cutlass and Buick Special. The Chevelle was offered in coupes, sedans, convertibles and station wagons. Super Sport versions, “SS” were the performance option of the Chevelle. The Malibu, was the the top of the line model.
1966 Chevrolet Chevelle
Chevrolet gave the Chevelle a restyle for 1966. The Chevelle received a new body that included smooth contours, a broad new grille and bumper treatment, curved side windows, bulging rear fender lines and a “flying buttress” roofline. The new body reflected a “Coke bottle” body shape that was employed by all American auto companies in the mid-1960s. Chevelles were offered in 300 (base), 300 Deluxe, and Malibu trim. Available engines were a 327-cubic-inch V8 or a 220-horsepower 283-cubic-inch V8. Other available options included a tachometer, mag-style wheel covers, sintered-metallic brakes, four-way power seats, a tissue dispenser, and cruise control.
1967 Chevrolet Chevelle
The Chevelle received styling updated in 1967. Changes included large wraparound taillamps and a new rear end with standard backup lights. Front disc brakes were now available on all models, and a new dual master cylinder brake system incorporated a warning light. The Chevelle also added a new standard safety equipment that included a collapsable steering column. The 375-horsepower 396 cubic-inch V8 was dropped from the options list only to be added back later in the year. There were seven transmission options: two manual three-speeds, two manual four-speeds, an overdrive three-speed, and two automatics. Other options included Superlift air shock absorbers, Strato-ease headrests, and special instrumentation.
Chevrolet would introduce an all-new second generation Chevelle in 1968. We cover that model in our Chevrolet Chevelle (1969-1970) entry. For other Cheverolets, see our entry on the Chevrolet Impala 1961-1964, 1965-1970 or 1977-1979.
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