1968 Chevelle SS396 350HP 4 Speed Coupe
Price: US $42,500.00 Item location: Pearland, Texas, United States
- Condition: Used
- Make: Chevrolet
- Model: Chevelle
- Type: Coupe
- Trim: SS396
- Year: 1969
- Mileage: 560
- VIN: 136379K448783
- Color: Garnet Red
- Engine size: 396
- Number of cylinders: 8
- Transmission: Muncie M20
- Drive type: RWD
- Interior color: Parchment
- Vehicle Title: Clear Want to buy? Contact seller!
1969 Chevrolet Chevelle SS396Here is a 1969 Chevelle SS396, frame off, nut and bolt restoration! This car was built by Dave Birdwell, the "Chevelle Doctor", and the restoration was completed in 2012. The car was delivered to the owner at the last Chevelleabration, we even installed the stripes in the hotel parking lot!
The body was a solid foundation, and received new quarter panels and fenders, the remainder was original. It is refinished in code 52, Garnet Red base coat clear coat, and still looks amazing, and as unblemished as the day it was delivered. It was originally a black bucket seat car, but when restored, was changed to Parchment. The complete interior is from Legendary, and includes a U14 dash with a tach and gauges. There is no radio, and a blockoff plate is present. It does have tilt steering for easy access. The bumpers are rechromed originals, courtesy of Tri City Plating in Nashville. All other trim is reconditioned original, and still presents in the same state in which it was received.
The frame and all suspension components are powdercoated in the correct satin black, and all bushings, ball joints and brake components are new. The rear end is a 12 bolt coded for a '71 Chevelle, with an Eaton posi and 3.42 gears. Combined with the Muncie M20, its is very drivable and runs and shifts great. The trans was completely overhauled by one of the country's top experts, and has a Hurst Competition Plus shifter, with an original Muncie handle for better performance with correct looks. All the backdrive components are preset and working, and the trans shifts like "buttah".
The engine is a 396/350 hp Coded JC for a manual transmission with A.I.R. It underwent a complete overhaul. It is not the original engine to this car, but as many components as were possible to acquire are date coded and correct to the car. It has a Crane electronic igintion hidden in the distributor for ease of operation, and the distributor was custom recurved for this application. Internally, the only deviation from stock is a Lunati cam, part #10110421, which has .498 lift on the intake, and .503 on the exhaust. It idles smoothly at the spec'ed 800 rpm, and has plenty of vacuum for the power brakes. The carb is a correct Quadrajet, and was custom jetted for this engine by the same builder who did the distributor. It was recently removed for a cleaning and regasketing and is functioning as intended, including the choke. The car has a Gardner exhaust system, and sounds just like 1969!
Rolling stock are the original YA coded 14x7 wheels with F70-14 Firestone redline bias ply tires, including the spare, with jack and correct trunk mat .
No expense was spared in the building of this car, anyone in the Chevelle community knows Mr. Birdwell, and his title of "Chevelle Doctor" is rightly deserved. It has had 550 miles put on it since completion, and presents as 98% as well as it did when delivered. The cowl tag has an "L" on it, which general consensus agrees means that the car is a factory SS from the Kansas City plant. Build quality alone sells this car, and a check of other ebay listings shows that there are no other cars currently listed with the level of correctness as this one. There are a bunch of very nice cars, but with headers, other mods, or missing A.I.R, or some other drawback for the person wanting one that is "right".
For interested parties, I can e-mail upon request a link to the 24 page build thread on Team Chevelle, as well as some walkaround video clips and under car pics. I also have an Excel spread sheet with part #s and other info.
As nice as it is, I cannot provide any warranties. The car is for sale locally and this auction may disappear at any time, so bid! I am not interested in any trades whatsoever, just cash on pickup, or via wire transfer prior to pickup. I have a clean Texas title in hand and the car has current Texas year of manufacture license plates and registration, and well as one of Reverend Bob's repop inspection stickers. I don't know how much closer you could get to 1969 without a time machine!