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Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Six Muscle car era Chevelles find new owner, now these collectibles for sale again


Call it Chevelle-topia for guys looking to score a cheapish '68-'72-style GM A-body. A Birmingham, Alabama wrecker company hauled six Chevelles out of one little old lady's back yard recently. You see, she didn't need them, and Dean Chitty, of Fosters Wrecker Service, was happy to tow them away. I'm not sure what Chitty paid for them, or if she paid Chitty, to haul the six Chevelles off her property. I just know a six-Chevelle deal like this doesn't come around very often.     

A true 1969 Chevelle SS yard find.

  Among the moldy and rusty muscle cars is a red 1969 big-block 396, 4-speed Chevelle that appears to be the pick of the litter. Despite a missing windshield and drive train, the '69 Chevy is a solid project car for someone wiling to replace the floorpans. Chitty was asking $3,500 for it on Craigslist.
  Take a look at the six Chevelles from the yard find we missed. I know, it hurts, but if ever there was incentive to hunt for old cars, this is it.


Fosters Wrecker was dropping off Chevelles like it was the 1970s again. 

Save a Chevelle
  Chitty's assortment of Chevelles have their fair share of rust-through, holey quarter panels, rotted floorpans and leaky rear window channels but the basis for several restorations is possible. If you search Craigslist in Birmingham, Alabama, Chitty may still have some Chevelles or another project, like this Dodge Challenger,  inside his fenced lot. 
  Keep your eyes peeled and you may score the next deal before someone else scoops it up.

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Four round tail lights are found on all 1971-1972 Chevelles yet GM redesigned the front end to have only two headlights. What gives?

Classic '71-'72 Chevelles are finding favor among hobbyist not willing to pay the 1970 Chevelle entry price. 

Yard find sixty-nine Chevy SS without its legendary 396 engine. 


1969 Chevelle SS vin# 136379K478082. 7th digit (K) indicates Kansas, City, Mo. assembly plant.


Chevelle SS steering wheel with basic gauges means you could be looking at an 'SS' clone.

Chevelle parts are piled high amid the '69-'72 model GM A-bodies.

Note the Chevelle's (left) rusty roof courtesy of the stylish vinyl top option. 

Looks like a Chevelle prison yard.
SS stripes can make the crustiest 1972 Chevelle look tough.


A Heavy Chevy? No, just wrecker bait 1972 Chevelle headed for a temporary home at Fosters.

This 1972 Chevelle looked as mean as a junkyard dog.

A brown fender and a red fender give this yellow 1972 Chevelle some junkyard swagger.

1970-'72 Chevelles have an unmistakeable roofline.

Fosters Wrecker is often a hot bed of junktique classic cars. 

This brown 1970 Chevelle is ready for an engine and a roll bar.

Check out the production numbers of the popular '68-'72 Chevelles. Try finding an original V6 1970 Malibu convertible.

1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972 Chevrolet Chevelle production numbers
Your guide to 2-door Chevelles.

1968 Chevelles
  9,733 (V6), 2,919 (V8) -
300 Sedan
  5,661 (V6), 3,769 (V8) - 300 Deluxe Sedan
  4,534 (V6), 6,803 (V8) - 300 Deluxe Coupe
  20,561 (V6), 180,401 (V8) - Malibu
  835 (V6), 6,959 (V8) - Malibu convertible 
  55,309 (V8) - SS
  2,286 (V8) - SS convertible
     
1969 Chevelles
  8,235 (V6), 5,620 (V8) -
300 Deluxe Sedan
  3,321 (V6), 7,181 (V8) - 300 Deluxe Coupe
  14,724 (V6), 286,162 (V8) - Malibu
  484 (V6), 8,443 (V8) - Malibu convertible 
  86,307 (V8) - SS, coupes & convertibles
     
 1970 Chevelles
  6,119 (V6), 8,003 (V8) -
300 Deluxe Coupe
  12,256 (V6), 289,622 (V8) - Malibu
  381 (V6), 7,141 (V8) - Malibu convertible 
  53,599 (396-V8) - SS, coupes & convertibles
  8,733 (454-V8) - SS, coupes & convertibles
  
 1971 Chevelles
  6,660 (V6), 17,117 (V8) -
Coupe
  6,220 (V6), 189,970 (V8) - Malibu
  0 (V6), 5,089 (V8) - Malibu convertible 
  19,293 (V8*) - Z15 SS option, coupes & convertibles
  9,502 (454-V8) - Z15 SS option, coupes & convertibles

 1972 Chevelles
  6,993 (V6), 22,714 (V8) -
Coupe
  4,790 (V6),207,598 (V8) - Malibu
  0 (V6), 4,853 (V8) - Malibu convertible 
  24,946 (V8*) - Z15 SS option, coupes & convertibles
  5,333 (454-V8) - Z15 SS option, coupes & convertibles

*In '71 and '72 a Chevelle SS (Z15 option) could be ordered with these engines:
  L65 - 350-2 BBL
  L48 - 350-4 BBL
  LS3 - 402-4 BBL
  LS5 - 454-4 BBL  
Source: ajgeneral.com
     
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