Chevelles enjoyed a long 8-year run as one of the most popular muscle cars produced in the 60’s and 70’s. Their price, size and power made them very desirable to musclecar fans. Even now, decades after retirement, the Chevelle remains one of the most popular musclecars on the road.
What if you could take the elements that made the Chevelle so popular in the 60’s and combine the best parts of modern technology from General Motors and create a new breed of musclecar developed by a renowned auto-building crew? The answer to that question rests in an upcoming auction at RK Motors in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Started in 2010, the result of a shared vision by two collector car enthusiasts, RK Motors has become THE destination for serious collectors from all over the world. Founded by Rob Kauffman, co-owner of Michael Waltrip Racing, and Joseph M. Carroll, founder of Best of Show Automotive, their decades of automotive knowledge and business insight allowed the company to quickly become one of the most innovative collector car retailers in the U.S.
Miranda-Built 1970 Chevelle
Even those Chevelles were all about big power in a mid-sized car, there are some modern updates that could propel these iconic but outdated musclecars to a whole new level of gut-wrenching torque that handle with comfort and even look better than the originals.
The crew at Miranda decided to perform a full frame off build when the beast was brought to their facility. The request was simple: Restore the classic and bring it up to date with modern technology, including more horsepower, more style and more comfort.
They started by straightening the frame, boxing and adding bracing for the additional horsepower they were planning on planting under the hood. A newer and stronger transmission cross member capped off this phase of the build.
Continuing with the suspension and drivetrain, the team added a Currie Enterprises Ford 9-inch rearend with 3.70 gears and beefy 31-spline axles. RideTech’s A-body air suspension was used for the ride quality. This kit features RideTech’s tubular trailing arms and ShockWave air shocks on all four corners. Strong Arm control arms were used up front for some extra support in the control arm area. A Wilwood hydrobooster was attached to custom-bent stainless steel brake lines and hooked up to Wilwood six-piston calipers encompassing 14- and 13-inch rotors.
The stance was completed with 20 X 8.5- inch GfG wheels in the front and 22 X 10-inch in the rear. These are wrapped with 245/30R20 and 295/25R22 Nitto Envo tires respectively.
Under the hood a 2008 LS2 engine was transplanted and capped off with a Magnuson supercharger with the intention of topping 600hp. Power is what made the Chevelles a desirable musclecar and this lethal combination adds to that powerful image.
The LS2 wrapped with an Current Performance engine harness and American Auto Wire kit tied it all together.
Coupling the Magnuson supercharger to a COMP Cams camshaft brought the boost to 10 psi and topped the 600 hp mark. The engine was dressed up with billet Abear Machine coil covers, Hooker headers, dual 13-inch fans and a high output alternator and billet pulley setup from Synaster. Backed by an 4L80E transmission with an American Billet torque convertor with a 2,800 stall speed, this LS is ready to run. For shifting an electronic button shifter from Retrotech Speed was installed into a custom center console.
The interior is custom work done by the Miranda crew. The entire original interior was torn out and tossed with a complete custom designed interior worthy of the originality of the build created and installed. A pair of Corbeau racing seats was wrapped in black leather by Tommy Nast sitting on top of Mercedes-Benz black carpeting. The dashboard was custom fiberglassed and outfitted with Auto Meter Cobalt gauges, Vintage Air air-conditioning vents and a Budnik Gasser steering wheel before being sprayed in flat black to match the custom center console that houses the Electric Life power window switches, air ride control and shift buttons. The custom door panels were the piece de resistance: created from MDF, fiberglass and outfitted with Billet Specialties door handles and custom mesh inserts. Under the trunk lid, a set of Alpine 600 x 2- and 500 x 4-watt amplifiers power the JL Audio subwoofers and speakers installed.
The door handles, side marker lights, bumpers and mirrors were shaved smooth at Miranda Built, where the crew also made the custom rear taillights. Once the classic body was smoothed out completely, it was sprayed with PPG Pure Black before charcoal flames and candy apple red real fire down the sides of the Chevelle were airbrushed on. The modernized classic looks like it is moving at light speed when its standing still. With over $200,000 invested in this custom build, the owner is willing to let it go at auction. Check it out by clicking here.
- Year: 1970
- Make: Chevrolet
- Model Name: Chevelle
- Vehicle Type: Passenger Car
- Hobby Segment: Resto-Mod
- Mileage: 4502
- Body Style: Hardtop
- Doors: 2
- Axle Specification: Currie 9-inch
- Front Wheel Specification: 20-inch
- Rear Wheel Specification: 22-inch
- Front Tire Specification: 245/30ZR20
- Rear Tire Specification: 295/25ZR22
- Front Brakes Specification: Disc
- Rear Brakes Specification: Disc
- Exhaust Type: Dual Exhaust
- Muffler Type: MagnaFlow
ENGINE / TRANSMISSION
- Engine Type: Gasoline
- Engine Size: LS2 V8
- Heads: Stock
- Fuel Delivery System Type: Electronic Fuel Injection
- Transmission Type: 4 Speed Automatic
- Transmission Spec: 4L80E