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    1972 Chevrolet Chevelle Malibu SS 402 Convertible

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    Vehicle to be offered for Auction sale WITHOUT RESERVE and SOLD to the highest bidder June 5th – 7th, 2015 at Russo and Steele’s 3rd Annual Newport Beach California Auction. Please contact us for more information.

    From introduction for 1964, Chevrolet’s mid-size “A-Body” Chevelle was a market-leading success story thanks to attractive styling, extensive options, and sheer value. While initially powered by a number of inline sixes and small-block V-8s, performance fans quickly realized the Chevelle’s engine bay could also accommodate the all-new Mark IV “big-block” engine developed by Chevrolet in the wake of GM’s infamous self-imposed racing ban of 1963. Starting with the limited-production Z-16 of 1965 and the all-out racing versions campaigned by Malcolm Durham and Dick Harrell on the dragstrip, the Chevelle quickly established a formidable reputation everywhere it appeared.

    The limited-production, mid-1965 Z16 option gave the Chevelle a much-needed dose of big-block swagger, but its $1,501 premium over the basic car kept sales down while Chevy’s engineers and product planners refined the big-block Chevelle into a more affordable, yet equally effective, package. For 1966, the 396 cubic-inch Chevelle SS396 became a series of its own with the SS396 sport coupes and convertibles using the upper-level Malibu sport coupe and convertible bodies with reinforced frames, upgraded suspensions, and performance-themed styling and trim, including simulated hood scoops, red-stripe tires, and unique emblems and mouldings. Available high-performance engines included three 396 cubic-inch units ranging from 325 hp to 375 hp. The SS396 enjoyed unique Chevrolet series status from 1966 through 1968 before returning as an option package from 1969.

    Chevelle and SS396 styling received universal acclaim, with the 1966 and 1967 models riding a 112-inch wheelbase length and featuring crisp bodylines with “flying buttress” rear-window treatments. For 1968, the second-generation Chevelle now offered a three-inch wheelbase extension and muscular long hood/short deck styling that continued essentially unchanged with only mild updates through 1972. While GM lifted its corporate edict forbidding engines over 400 cubic inches from use in the A-Body intermediate models, making the new 454 cubic-inch engine available for 1970, the 396 – actually displacing 402 cubic inches now – was by far the most popular choice for the Chevelle SS. While emissions and fuel economy concerns marked the end of the big-block era during the early 1970s, the 454 and 402 (albeit detuned) were both available for the Chevelle during the 1971 and 1972 model years.

    From the last year of the most popular 1968-1972 A-Body series, this top-of-the-line Chevrolet Chevelle Malibu SS402 convertible is now offered from a Texas-based collector. From its distinctive yellow exterior finish to its white rally stripes and matching interior upholstery, it is simply outstanding example throughout. An all numbers-matching car, it retains the original AM radio and everything is understood to be in proper working condition. Outstanding additional items include a floor-shifted automatic, floor console, the original keys with dealer key chain, original books and manuals, and a complete jack and spare wheel and tire combination. Handsome and properly garage-kept, this Chevelle SS Convertible is reported to run great and stands as one of the finest available today.



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