SS 496 Tribute
First impressions tell you a lot, and I'm betting you just said to yourself, “Wow, nice car!” when you saw this slick 1972 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 496 Tribute. Wearing stunning Cranberry Red paint and packing a gnarly 496 cubic inch big block, it's every bit as cool in person as it appears in photos. Take a closer look...
Cranberry Red always makes Chevelles look expensive, but don't worry, this one keeps the important parts and looks every part of a pedigreed icon. It likely isn't a factory-original SS, but does it even matter these days? It's got the right look, including a fully functional cowl induction hood and black SS stripes that are like a neon sign warning others that they're going to get lit up at the next stop light. The finish is quite good, particularly at this price, with a shiny finish that's the result of two-stage urethane being wet sanded and buffed properly. The hood fits well, which is important with a cowl unit and attention-grabbing stripes, and the deep red seems to show off the dramatic body lines better than almost any other color; check out that low-angle side profile shot to see what I mean. A correct SS grille and emblems have been added, which is pretty much standard procedure in a tribute car, and they didn't skimp on the chrome and stainless trim, which all remains in great shape, featuring new bumpers fore and aft, new mirrors, door handles, and badges, along with 1971-spec corner lights with clear lenses for a slightly custom look.
Black stripes outside almost demand a black interior inside, and that's exactly what this '72 carries, with comfortable, newer black bucket seats, matching door panels, a taut headliner and plush carpets below that tie it all together. A center console sports a slick horseshoe shifter that's linked to a TH350 3-speed automatic underneath, and a factory steering wheel hangs on a tilt column to make it easy to get in and out of the cabin and find that perfect driving position. This car also carries cold A/C (now with upgraded modern hardware behind the scenes) and an upgraded AM/FM/CD/AUX/SAT stereo, and while the factory gauges are still right where they're supposed to be, they've been augmented with auxiliary units at the head of the center console to help monitor the engine's vitals. Everything you can see or touch is in pretty darn good shape, making this interior a great place to spend some time; even the spacious back seat was reupholstered to match the custom front buckets! Out back, the spacious trunk offers a reproduction mat and a full-sized spare just in case.
You want muscle? This car delivers in a big way with a 496 cubic inch V8 Stroker that was professionally built for combat. Thanks to a high-rise Holley intake and double pumper 750 CFM carb, 781 Big Oval port heads, MSD ignition, and careful tuning, it starts instantly and idles with that rumble that means big horsepower lives inside. The big block is an easy fit in the Chevelle's engine bay and it's beautifully dressed, including a set of polished aluminum valve covers and a chrome open-element air cleaner. A big aluminum radiator with twin electric fans keep it cool, and all that new equipment means reliability, and with the upgrades, it pulls like a freight train and offers almost endless reserves of torque. Long-tube headers dump into a Flowmaster dual exhaust system, so it sounds potent without being rude, and like I said, that underbody is clean thanks to the full restoration and good maintenance since. A 10-bolt full of friendly gears means this is an effortless highway cruiser and the big block doesn't need a lot of gear to get rolling, making it surprisingly docile but incredibly potent. Polished Torque Thrust wheels sparkle against the red paint and wear fat 225/55/16 front and 245/50/16 rear BFGoodrich blackwall rubber.
Professionally built and detailed to take no prisoners, this is one of those rare cars that runs even better than it looks, which is saying an awful lot. Call today!