Detroit-based Accepted Motors produced the Chevrolet Chevelle motorcar from 1964 buttoned up 1977. The machine, which was offered as a two-door coupe, sedan, convertible, estate car and a coupe utility vehicle was Chevrolet's send to the Ford Fairlane, on the other hand quickly surpassed the Fairlane as a universal, youth-oriented high-performance vehicle rivaling other performance vehicles conforming the Ford Mustang, the Dodge Charger and much its sibling, the Chevrolet Camaro.
The Chevelle was designed as a mid-sized, economical family vehivle, still sporty Sufficiently to attract the ignorance bazaar. Its styling was extra conservative than the Ford Mustang, which debuted the corresponding year as the Chevelle, and didn't dominate the faculty of the antecedent dependable muscle automobile, the 1964 Pontiac GTO with its 389-cubic-inch V-8 engine. The largest engines for the beginning Chevelles were powered by a 327-cubic-inch V-8, however most were equipped with modest 283 V-8s or six-cylinders. Industry, on the contrary, was a healthy 387,119 units, including Chevelles, Chevelle Malibus and El Caminos, for its first off year, according to Conceptcarz.com and Yearone.com.
The Chevelle shed its family machine angel in 1965 with the 327 V-8 generating up to 350 horsepower to grow into a pleasant adversary of the GTO. A community edition of 201 Chevelle SS models, or Super Sports, were produced with a hefty 396-cubic-inch V-8 generating 375 horsepower. The SS base could hit 0 to 60 mph in six seconds and extent a quarter-mile in 14.66 seconds.
The Chevelle underwent a above facelift for 1968. The van was heavier by approximately 260 lbs. over the 1967 design. Still the Chevelle was substantially also sporty with a longer hood and shorter rear deck, nevertheless with a smaller wheelbase than the preceding genesis by three inches. Its weight, on the other hand, worked against it in short-run precipitation, with the 396 V-8-powered SS model posting 6.5 seconds from 0 to 60 mph.
The 1959-60 El Camino got off to a troubled start when Chevy designers styled the coupe utility vehicle after the Impala, including tailfins. El Camino was discontinued only to resurface as a Chevelle-styled pickup in 1964. The move offered buyers a rare muscle car with all the amenities, styling and power of a Chevelle but also the practical application of a pickup truck.
The 454 was dropped from the Chevelle lineup in 1975.
EffectsMoreover to reduced engine power because new government emission standards, Chevrolet offered the coveted Super Sport package to any Chevelle equipped with a V-8 engine. The SS lost its luster and sales dropped.
SizeThe biggest engine Chevrolet could put in a production car was the 454-cubic-inch V-8. The Chevelle received the 454 for the 1970 model year and produced 360 or 425 horsepower depending on the option package. But by 1973, gasoline shortages and stiff emissions controls killed the muscle car.
The Chevelle nameplate died in 1977, but the car continued as the Malibu. The El Camino with its Chevelle/Malibu styling was discontinued in 1987.