1971 Chevrolet Chevelle Wagon
GM didn't make too many of these wagons in the muscle car era, their time in the sun came a few years later. But if they were all built like this Chevelle, we have a feeling they'd have flown of the shelves then too. With a fresh crate motor, cold A/C, an all-new interior, and plenty of space, it's also the ultimate road trip vehicle that's 100% ready to go. Today wagons are one of the hottest segments of the hobby and great lookers like this Lemans Blue Chevelle are very much in demand. Blending parts is easy because it's still a Chevelle, after all, so the cowl induction hood bolted right on and looks fantastic. The paint is a few years old and shows some minor signs of age, but with those black stripes running down the hood and the plain-Jane rolling stock, this car has just a bit of an attitude. We like the ultra-clean look of the car without a roof rack, and with four doors and a tailgate to get right, panel fit is pretty darned good. It's been subtly de-badged, but nobody's going to mistake this Chevelle for anything else, the look is simply unmistakable. Inside, you'll find a brand new black vinyl interior, just the way the factory did it. Bench seats were the only way you could get a wagon, and that's OK because it's designed with the family in mind. The seats are firm and comfortable for long hauls and the material is plenty durable, so no worries about the kids having some fun. A 3-spoke wheel was borrowed from an SS so it looks right, and the standard gauges are joined by the usual auxiliary dials under the dash to give a full picture of what's going on under the hood. Vintage Air A/C has been added under the dash and it's quite cleanly done, and there's a newer AM/FM stereo in the dash for entertainment. There's obviously a massive cargo bay, which is finished with a nicely trimmed black carpet mat that matches the rest of the interior and provides a huge amount of space for your gear or your next swap meet find. The engine is a fresh GM 350 cubic inch crate motor and it's plenty burly for the big wagon to feel downright fast around town. Aside from the chrome dress-up parts, it looks rather OEM, and includes a late-model serpentine belt drive for the accessories for reliability. A 4-barrel carburetor, Holley carburetor, HEI ignition, and center-bolt heads all contribute to a robust power curve, and the hardware is proven, so reliability is not going to be a problem. Power steering and brakes are welcome on a full-sized cruiser like this, and there's a fresh dual exhaust system underneath that gives it an appropriate V8 burble that's not quite what you expect from a wagon. There are also new shocks, some fresh floor pans, and those color-matched wheels with dog dish hubcaps wear new 15-inch radials. For the money, this is a heck of a lot of car. Stylish, practical, and from behind the wheel, it's impossible to know you're not driving a Chevelle hardtop. How can you go wrong with that? Call today!