Holy Grail LS6 Chevrolet Chevelle Discovered In Barn After 43 Years!

Holy Grail LS6 Chevrolet Chevelle Discovered In Barn After 43 Years!

Discovering a rare muscle car in a barn is akin to hitting the jackpot for muscle car enthusiasts. The excitement of unearthing a 1970 LS6 Chevelle after 43 years, and finding it in a remarkably pristine condition, is a dream come true for any classic car enthusiast. This LS6 Chevelle is a true gem, a rare find that sets hearts racing.

What makes this Chevelle so extraordinary? It’s not just another run-of-the-mill 1970 Chevy that Chevrolet produced in large numbers. It’s not even an SS 396, which is highly desirable due to its 330-horsepower V8. No, this coupe is the ultimate 1970 Chevelle, the SS 454 LS6—an extremely scarce hardtop model that Chevrolet manufactured in very limited quantities.

During its single model year offering, Chevrolet unleashed a bundle that transformed the already powerful Chevelle into an awe-inspiring beast. The package featured a 454-cubic-inch (7.4-liter) big-block LS6 engine, churning out an impressive 450 horsepower and 500 pound-feet (678 Nm) of torque.

Holy Grail LS6 Chevrolet Chevelle Discovered In Barn After 43 Years!

Holy Grail LS6 Chevrolet Chevelle Discovered In Barn After 43 Years!

Holy Grail LS6 Chevrolet Chevelle Discovered In Barn After 43 Years!

Remarkably, the Chevelle LS6 boasted even more power than the mighty 426-cubic-inch (7.0-liter) HEMI, rated at 425 horses and 490 pound-feet (664 Nm) of torque. With an extra 25 horses and 10 pound-feet of torque, the Chevelle LS6 stood tall as one of the most dominant engines of 1970.

Despite its prowess, the LS6 option came with a considerable price tag, and high-performance muscle cars attracted high insurance rates. Consequently, only 4,475 Chevelles were equipped with the LS6 engine. While there are no precise records on how many of those were Chevelle coupes, experts estimate that Chevrolet sold approximately 3,300 of them in 1970. This amounts to less than one percent of the total Chevelle production that year.

Holy Grail LS6 Chevrolet Chevelle Discovered In Barn After 43 Years!

Holy Grail LS6 Chevrolet Chevelle Discovered In Barn After 43 Years!

Now, let’s dive into the captivating story of this barn-found LS6. After merely nine years on the open road, this muscle car retired from active service in 1979. Although the reasons for its retirement remain unknown, it has been in storage ever since. The car found its way into the current barn around 1986 and has remained concealed there for an astonishing 43 years, as of 2022.

Despite the extended hibernation, this Chevy Chevelle remains remarkably well-preserved, free from any rust issues. Although the original paint is no longer adorning the car, it still boasts its original LS6 V8 engine, automatic gearbox, and Posi rear end. Even the original carburetor remains under the hood, a testament to its authenticity!

After spending an incredible 36 years hidden away in a barn, this LS6 is finally preparing to bask in the light of day once more. The current owner has sought the expertise of Chevelle aficionado, Patrick Glenn Nichols, seeking advice on how to restore this treasure. Without a doubt, it stands as a perfect candidate for a frame-off restoration, poised to reclaim its status as a Concours-winning classic. The anticipation for its revival is palpable, and I eagerly await witnessing its grand comeback!

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