Super-Rare 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS L78 Saved After Nearly 50 Years

Super-Rare 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS L78 Saved After Nearly 50 Years

On the other hand, the base engine choice was the 396ci (6.5-liter) L34, which developed 350 horsepower, and this particular option was obviously the one aimed at those who didn’t necessarily want the Chevelle to double as a street-legal beast.And right in the middle was the 396ci (6.5-liter) L78, an engine that developed 375 horsepower and which for many didn’t make any sense, especially because it was available as a $200+ option. GM itself eventually understood that this engine was pretty much redundant, so the company pulled it after only a few months on the market.And here’s how the L78 became a pretty rare thing, with the parent company believed to have produced a little over 2,100 units.What this means is that finding a Chevelle SS L78 in good condition today is pretty difficult, and yet here’s someone selling a barn find that has a chance to re-become a daily driver with a proper restoration project.“The original owner parked it in 1974 after hitting a sign and damaging the rear driver’s quarter panel. A small area was damaged but the owner went a little overboard trying to repair it himself,” the current owner of the car explains It’s believed this Chevelle SS spent no less than 46 years parked in a barn, so there’s obviously some rust here and there, including on both fenders. The good thing is that the frame, floors, and the trunk still seem to be solid, and ...
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