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AutoHunter Spotlight: 1966 Chevrolet Chevelle

Restored in 2005 and packing a big-block punch


Featured on AutoHunter, the online auction platform driven by, is this 468-Powered 1966 Chevrolet Chevelle Malibu Sport Coupe.

In 1964, Time Magazine’s “Man of the Year” was newly-elected President Lyndon B. Johnson. That same year, the Beatles held all five top spots on the Billboard Top 100 in the same week, the game show Jeopardy! debuted, and Roald Dahl’s “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” was published. Oh, and there were some hugely important new cars introduced. The Ford Mustang and the Chevrolet Chevelle were among them. Today, we get to look at a first-generation Chevelle that not only survived the test of 60 years, but lives on stronger than ever with enhanced performance and curb appeal. The car is being sold by a dealer in Lenexa, Kansas, and the auction ends Thursday.

Although performed almost 20 years ago, the car’s restoration still holds up according to the photos in the listing, and only 3,552 miles have been added during that timeframe. Powering this A-Body hardtop is a massive 468cid big-block V8 mated to a 700R4 four-speed automatic transmission. Included on the build sheet are power front disc brakes, an MSD electronic ignition system, Billet Specialties wheels, a B&M shifter, and a custom audio system.

Speaking of audio systems, this car’s model name has ties to the music industry. In 1995, a rock band chose the name “Chevelle” as a nod to fast cars. Lead performer Pete Loeffler was interviewed by Loudwire Radio in 2012 and said, “I grew up around hot rods and going to car shows – Midwest kind of thing – and we’ve got pictures of us on running boards of ’32 Fords and things like that as babies. So, it’s just something that kind of grew along the way back then, and it stayed with us. Hopefully we made the name cool again, because you haven’t seen a Chevelle in a while.”

The Chevelle solidified its state early on as a capable muscle car at a time when the segment was gaining momentum and popularity. For decades, the Chevelle name was synonymous with the muscle car movement. And 60 years later, we are glad there are still survivors like this black beauty out there. This is your chance one that has been nicely restored with all the right elements.

The selling dealer has provided a start-up video which lets us hear the big-block come to life. The car sounds as amazing as it looks, especially from the rear during a rev-session.

The auction for this 468-Powered 1966 Chevrolet Chevelle Malibu Sport Coupe ends Thursday, March 28, 2024 at 11:45 a.m. (PDT)

Visit the AutoHunter listing for more information and photo gallery

Tyson Hugie
Tyson Hugie
Tyson Hugie is a Phoenix-based automotive enthusiast who has been writing for The Journal since 2016. His favorite automotive niche is 1980s and 1990s Japanese cars, and he is a self-diagnosed “Acura addict” since he owns a collection of Honda and Acura cars from that era. Tyson can usually be found on weekends tinkering on restoration projects, attending car shows, or enjoying the open road. He publishes videos each week to his YouTube channel and is also a contributing author to Arizona Driver Magazine,, NSX Driver Magazine, and other automotive publications. His pride and joy is a 1994 Acura Legend LS coupe with nearly 600,000 miles on the odometer, but he loves anything on four wheels and would someday like to own a 1950 Buick Special like his late grandfather’s.


  1. In 1967 my best friend Jim had a 66 marina blue ss396 325 hp powerglide chevelle. It was like new and we proceded to run the hell out of it. It would run 70 in low the slamed it in drive and burief thd speedometer easily! It would burn that right rear wheel for ever! The 396 was bullet proff and fast in a street roll on race. What fun we had!

  2. When I got back from Vietnam in April of 71 I was stationed at the Coronado Amphibious Base on the Silver Strand. I had saved some cash so I went and bought a 66 SS Chevelle 396/375 4 speed, 410 posi. I paid $1800cash money. It was Dark Turquoise w Black Interior and ran like a bear. The only thing that I did to the car was register it in Pa so I could take off the Calif Emissions and install long tube Headers. I also put HP ignition and wires and an Edelbrock Duel Quad Alum intake with 2 – 950 CFM Carbs and electric FP. After having a mini Tub done to get some fatties on the back it was done. Some fine tuning and That thing was a street beast for the early 70s. Id come out of the Base gate go to the traffic light and turn towards Palm City and just jump on it and light the fatties up. Raced it a couple times at Carlsbad Track. The only time I lost was to a 64 Max Wedge factory light weight Dodge. 3 runs last run he beat me by a half a car. All 3 runs were that close.


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