Iconic Tuxedo Black 1970 SS454 LS6 Chevelle Found Parked On A Garage Lift Since 1978

Introduced in 1963 as Chevrolet’s response to the Ford Fairlane, the Chevelle quickly became one of the brand’s most successful nameplates. Available in a wide range of body styles, from coupes and convertibles to sedans and the iconic El Camino, the Chevelle left an indelible mark on the automotive landscape.

As the muscle car era reached its zenith in the early 1970s, the Chevelle’s performance escalated accordingly. Initially offered with a range-topping 396-cubic-inch (6.5-liter) V8 engine, the Chevelle later received larger big-block powerplants in the late 1960s. In 1969, Chevrolet introduced the mighty 427-cubic-inch (7.0-liter) engine, followed by the legendary 454-cubic-inch (7.4-liter) V8 in 1970.

The pinnacle of the Chevelle’s performance was achieved with the introduction of the SS454 LS6 model. Equipped with a four-barrel Holley carburetor, this beastly powerhouse generated an impressive 450 horsepower on paper. However, it is widely believed that the LS6 actually delivered well over 500 horsepower.

The Chevelle SS454 LS6 quickly became known as one of the most formidable muscle cars of its time. Its rarity is further enhanced by the fact that Chevrolet discontinued the LS6 option for the 1971 model year. Reportedly, only 4,475 Chevelles were equipped with the LS6 engine, but the breakdown by body style—hardtops, convertibles, and El Caminos—remains a mystery. With the exact numbers still unknown, LS6 coupes command high prices, often exceeding $120,000 when in pristine condition.

However, sometimes even these exceptional cars are forgotten, finding their way into barns and garages. Such was the case recently for Chevelle SS expert Patrick Glenn Nichols, who stumbled upon a true gem after a remarkable 43-year slumber. What makes this discovery all the more incredible is that the car is not a rusted derelict. On the contrary, it remains remarkably well-preserved despite its long hibernation.

Described as a “personal holy grail,” this Chevelle SS454 LS6 retains its numbers-matching status from front to rear, including the engine, transmission, and rear axle. Covered in a thick layer of dust, the car appears to be rust-free and remarkably complete. The only departure from its all-original status is the paint. Originally finished in Tuxedo Black with white stripes, the car now sports a dark red hue with orange stripes. Nonetheless, what truly matters is that this Chevelle has been rescued from a lifetime spent in the same garage, and it will finally receive the attention and road trips it deserves.

To fully immerse yourself in the captivating story behind this hidden gem, we invite you to watch the accompanying video below. Witness the unveiling of the 1970 Chevelle SS454 LS6 and discover the incredible journey of this remarkable find.

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