1970 Chevrolet Chevelle and Malibu

1970 Chevrolet Chevelle Malibu Sport Sedan, front view
The 1970 Chevrolet Malibu Sport Sedan
shows off that year's new, squared-off styling.

The 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle and Chevrolet Malibu line was tilted more heavily than ever in favor of Malibu models. In fact, the only model offered to start the model year were Malibus.

The 1970 Chevrolet Malibu came in a variety of versions: Sport Coupe, Sport Sedan, convertible, and four-door sedan -- along with a pair of Super Sport upgrades. Later in the model year came a basic 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle, essentially a revival of the former 300 Deluxe; it was offered only as a Sport Coupe and sedan.

Engine choices ranged from the standard 155-horsepower six-cylinder and 200-horsepower 307-cubic-inch V-8, to a pair of 350 V-8s and a 330-horsepower 400. New options included power door locks and a stalk-mounted wiper control.

Sheetmetal revisions gave the bodies a more squared-up stance, and interiors were redesigned, too. Both SS 396 and SS 454 option packages were available for either the Sport Coupe or convertible. Of the 354,855 Chevelles issued this year, 53,599 had an SS option and 3,733 had the 454-cubic-inch V-8.

An SS 396 Chevelle included a 350-horsepower Turbo-Jet "396" V-8, special suspension, "power dome" hood, black-accented grille, resilient rear-bumper insert, and wide-oval tires on sport wheels. Though a 375-horsepower upgrade was available, few were sold -- primarily because the added cost brought the total too close to the "ultimate" Chevelle, the SS 454.

As the designation implied, underhood lay a 454-cubic-inch V-8, offering 360 horsepower in standard form but a whopping 450 horses in solid-lifter, high-compression, LS-6 guise.

The latter made a Chevelle one of the quickest muscle cars ever built. "You can make our tough one even tougher," the brochure explained, by adding Cowl Induction to either SS model. Step on the gas, and a scoop opened "to shoot an extra breath of cool air into the engine air intake....like second wind to a distance runner." Functional hood lock pins completed the SS package.

1970 Chevrolet Chevelle with SS 396 package
The 1970 Chevelle Super Sport was one of the top muscle cars
of the day, especially when fitted with the LS-6 454-cubic-inch V-8.

1968 Chevrolet Chevelle and Malibu Facts

Model
Weight range (lbs.)
Price range (new)
Number built
Chevelle
3,142-3,312$2,585-$2,710354,855
Malibu
3,197-3,409$2,685-$3,00957,332
Station Wagon
3,615-3,880$2,835-$3,455NA

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