1967 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 396
The 1967 Chevrolet Chevelle SS model was introduced as a 396 cu muscle car monster and made many changes for the legendary 1967 year model. There were many advancements in this American muscle car and they came to form mainly in road manners and drive-ability. Low-profile tires were offered, replacing the standard two-ply 7.75x14inch rubber withF70x14 nylon belts. This greatly improved steering and maneuverability in the car, as well as improving grip to the tarmac. This improvement also helped achieve the maximum performance from the new disc brake system, available option that was well worth the extra money back then, when one considered the enhanced stopping power developed through easier pedal modulation.
The new tires were mounted to 14 inch slotted mag wheels. This gave the car a more aggressive stance and an eye catching appeal that swooned even the most hardcore of petrol heads.
The standard transmission used was a three speed manual with a more desirable four-speed available as an option. The two speed "power glide" automatic was, for the first time the three speed "Turbo hydra-matic", a gearbox long awaited by many Chevrolet fans, and was considered a quantum leap over the previous 'power glide' transmission, the new gearbox was noted for its ability to gear down promptly for better overtaking response.
A new energy absorbing steering column and padded instrument panel surface were introduced due to new federal safety regulations. However, the re-invented dashboard still appeared dull when compared to more exciting variations of muscle cars such as the GTO. On the exterior they were minor changes, a reworked bumper and grille and the blackout tail panel. The louvers the hood still remained non-functional. But all in all the car had a more sleeker, aggressive appeal that took the market by storm.
All in all Chevy had made vast improvements in the SS 396 model. When we look at the stats;
There were 63 000 built in total and it would was clocked the quarter mile in 15.3 seconds reaching a speed of 94 MPh. It would also do 0-60 Mph in a very respectable time of 6.5 seconds. All of this at an affordable starting price of $ 2825.00 made this cars popularity boom, with most Americans able to afford it.
Summary of technical specifications
- wheelbase, inches: 115.0
- weight, lbs: 3800
- number built: 63,000
- base price: $2825
- top available engine:
- type: ohv V-8
- displacement: 396
- fuel system: 1 x 4bbl
- compression ratio: 11:1
- horse power @ rpm: 375 @ 5600
- torque: 415@ 3600 rpm
- 0 to 60 mph: 6.5 seconds
- quarter-mile: 15.3secs @ 94mph
The SS 396’s starting price was comparable to the popular Malibu models offered at the time, and it was affordable. Now anyone who wanted to be part of the muscle car era found that it didn’t hurt their back pocket as much. So began the legacy of the Chevrolet Chevelle 1967 model and it quickly developed a cult following as one of the most important cars in American muscle car history.