396 L34 V8
A numbers-matching 1966 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 396 convertible restored to a triple-black presentation is exactly what muscle car dreams are made of. And then you see that it has everything you want – from four-on-the-floor to ice-cold A/C – and now you know this is the one muscle car that will always leave you wanting for nothing.
Get ready for all of your friends to stand up and take notice, and everyone else to be intimidated from the moment you come into view. There was a small fortune spent on laying down the super slick black paint to give this one a hard shine that\'s pure aggression. And you can tell by the way the light rolls across this glossy black that the body panels are butter-smooth to match. As a true rare Super Sport convertible, the darkness continues on the blacked-out grille and blacked-out rear panel. Plus, the new vinyl top adds sophistication with its textured black. Heightening this premium and sporty attitude are the correct SS 396 badges on the front & rear, racing flags on the front fenders, and Super Sport boldly written on the rear in chrome to match the mirror-like bumpers. Plus, this Chevelle SS still has all the details right -- from the louvered hood to the ribbed color-accented lower body panels. Even the wheel package is as it should be with hubcaps and redline tires that were specific to a Chevelle SS in 1966.
The moment you open the door you\'ll swear it\'s 1966 all over again, and that\'s for a very good reason. The complete restoration included making sure this one has the best of everything from \'66 and any upgrades were to be as subtle as possible. The first thing that you will notice is the stellar black bucket seat package. Not only does this complete the ultra-desirable triple- black presentation (paint, roof, and interior,) but also there has been a level of investment here so that it\'s fresh and correct, right down to the insignia trim in the seatbacks. All the black and bright elements on the door panels, carpeting, and dash come together for a tasteful and uniform appearance. As you sit behind the stylized steering wheel and gaze at the speedometer that\'s as long as the horizon, you get tingle that comes from feeling like you\'re in a time warp. But there are a few well-placed upgrades that you\'re going to love. For example, while the original AM radio is in place, you have to reach into the center console to control the real tunes. That\'s because your stereo is connected via remote control to a modern AM/FM/CD unit with aux input. It\'s mounted in the trunk disguised as a turntable! And there has been Astro-style ventilation added so you can get modern R134a air conditioning. That means you can cruise with the top down all summer long and still stay as cool as you look.
1966 was the year that a Chevelle Super Sport really started to live up to its name. No longer just an appearance package, SS meant you were getting the big 396 cubic-inch V8. With this kind of history, we\'re especially glad to have the numbers-matching powerplant still in this convertible. And not only is it original, but it\'s also a L34 unit, which had upgraded power and even more rarity. It looks correct and terrific with the bold block, bright valve covers, and matching air topper all radiating from within the dark engine bay. Plus, this one has a few performance secrets like the Holley four-barrel carburetor and Holley intake. So this is a true muscle machine that growls out of its dual exhaust. And you have complete control over the monster motor and its thunderous soundtrack thanks to the close-ratio Muncie M21 four-speed manual transmission (that\'s also date-correct for this car.) The power gets to the pavement through a stout 12-bolt rear end with Positraction. And the driving experience remands solid thanks to features like power steering, a thick front sway bar, and front disc brakes.
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