1966 Chevrolet Chevelle SS convertible

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The Chevy Chevelle SS convertible looks sharp in Marina Blue
The Chevy Chevelle SS convertible looks sharp in Marina Blue
The Chevy Chevelle SS convertible looks sharp in Marina Blue

The gigantic V8-powered AutoFair currently under way at Charlotte Motor Speedway in North Carolina has me focused on classic muscle cars, so here’s a high-performance all-American beauty for Pick of the Week.

This is a real-deal 1966 Chevrolet Chevelle SS convertible, according to the Rockville, Maryland, classic car dealer placing the advertisement, with matching numbers and full restoration. Under the hood is the car’s original 396-cid big-block rated at 360 horsepower and linked with a four-speed manual transmission and heavy-duty 12-bolt differential.

 The Chevelle is fully restored, the seller says

The Chevelle is fully restored, the seller says

Sounds like a blast. These were great driving cars, and aside from the roaring horsepower, this Chevelle would make a fine top-down cruiser on a warm summer evening.

Some of the other attributes of this SS as the seller describes in the ClassicCars.com ad are “correct F code mirror-finish Marina Blue paint, correct 736 code black bucket-seat interior with factory console, black convertible top with matching boot, full factory gauges with correct knee-knocker tach, power disc brakes, great sounding dual exhaust, original Delco AM radio, correct SS wheel covers with fresh Red Line Radials, all new chrome and polished-stainless trim (and) show-detailed engine and trunk.”

These things don’t come cheap, but this Chevelle seems fairly priced at $54,990. And what a car to bring to next year’s AutoFair, a Goodguys meet or the local cruise in.

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“Beautifully restored to show or drive,” the dealer concludes.

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Bob Golfen is a longtime automotive writer and editor, focusing on new vehicles, collector cars, car culture and the automotive lifestyle. He is the former automotive writer and editor for The Arizona Republic and SPEED.com, the website for the SPEED motorsports channel. He has written free-lance articles for a number of publications, including Autoweek, The New York Times and Barrett-Jackson auction catalogs. A collector car enthusiast with a wide range of knowledge about the old cars that we all love and desire, Bob enjoys tinkering with archaic machinery. His current obsession is a 1962 Porsche 356 Super coupe.