High end auto auctions such as the upcoming Mecum Auctions held in Kissimmee Florida don’t always cater to the drag racing community. While there may be the occasional drag car stuck in the lineup, the vast majority of the cars that roll across the auctioneer stand are for collectors of original, as-factory-as-you-can-make-it iron. Of course, when a seller does bring a drag race car, it usually holds some significant place in the sports history, and this 1970 Chevelle absolutely fits that bill.
What you’re looking at is Ray Allen’s world Super Stock championship-winning rocketship that finally allowed GM to wrestle the top spot in the class away from years of Mopar dominance. Teaming up with the already-established duo of Ralph Truppi and Tommy Kling, Allen wheeled the ragtop Chevelle to an unbeaten season in 1970 while dropping the national record to an (at the time) otherworldly 11.33, around a half second quicker than the Mopars that had so thoroughly dominated the class previously.
The car was bought by Allen himself in the mid eighties, when he began the restoration process, which was later finished to the finest detail by Chip Gerst, who added the period-correct hand-painted lettering and completed the hunt for as-raced parts to return the heavy Chevy to its former glory, just as it sat when Allen drove it to the world championship. Featured on the list of modifications and specs (taken directly from the Mecum Auctions listing page):
- 454/460 HP LS6 Engine
- Edelbrock Tarantula intake
- Hooker Super Competition headers
- M40 Turbo Hydra-Matic transmission
- Hurst shifter
- Fuel cooling fan
- ZL2 cowl induction hood
- Cragar SS wheels
- Copy of the original title to Truppi-Kling Performance
Check out the auction listing for a lineup of excellent info and more photographs of this historic Super Stock Chevelle, and if you have spare change – anticipated to be between $500,000 and 600,000 – you can make a play to park this piece of Super Stock history in YOUR garage!