Introduced in 1963 for the 1964 model year, the Chevelle was an instant success due to its far-reaching appeal. The Chevelle was a broad lineup. There were sedans that made sense for the person seeking a relatively inexpensive ride. There were station wagons catered to the families. Most famously, there were coupes and convertibles that boasted big engines, which made the Chevelle a great entry level into the burgeoning muscle car phenomenon.
In the 1966 model year, Chevrolet introduced a complete restyle of the frame that they had used in '64 and '65. The new shape was the Coke-bottle form that would have become so prevalent among American cars in the late 1960s. The follow up to this in the '67 Chevelle for sale was not nearly as dramatic, but there were some additional tweaks. These tweaks were particularly important for the Chevelle SS, the power of which had exposed handling defects in the 1964-1966 models. However, efforts to correct this led to better drivability through the lineup.
There was also the addition of a reconfigured steering system. New government regulations forced Chevrolet to add an energy-absorbing steering column, so Chevrolet took that opportunity to make some other upgrades as well. These alterations included new wheel grip and improved responsiveness that was most noticeable at high speeds in Chevelles with the larger engines.
Aesthetically, the standard '67 Chevelle for sale was a lot like the 1966 model save some minor trim updates. The most dramatic exterior change was the all-new blackout tail panel and the completely reworked bumper. The '67 Chevelle for sale also got 14-inch wheels, aggressive tires, and front disc brakes. Chevrolet also added the 3-speed automatic transmission as an option. Prior to this model year, transmission options had been limited to the 2-speed automatic, a 3-speed manual, and a 4-speed manual.
With the 1967 Chevelle SS, the SS (Super Sport) was no longer simply a larger engine and a trim package on top of the standard Chevelle. In order to meet the handling needs of the more powerful SS, Chevrolet made it its own car for the first time, and this played a key role in making it the legendary muscle car that it is. The base engine on the '67 Chevelle SS was the 396 cubic-inch V8, which is where the SS396 design comes from, that generated 325 horsepower.
The engine upgrade option available at the time, and the one that enthusiasts favor now, is the L78, a 375-horsepower edition of the 396-cubic-inch V8. However, Chevrolet underpublicized this dealer option, and for that reason, sold less than 1,000 units. Finding a 1967 Chevelle SS with a stock L78 is no easy feat, and you'll pay quite the premium to have it. Fortunately, using modern technology and expertise, enthusiasts can upgrade the standard 396 to exceed that 375-horsepower mark.
The enthusiast seeking a '67 Chevelle will likely have a much easier time if they target an SS. The other models never had as much appeal, and are so much more difficult to find. If you do find one that needs work, you may be able to get it for as low as $ 1,000. A SS that requires work will be at least three times that amount, and fully restored Chevrolet SS models will usually be between $ 10,000 and $ 15,000. There are also highly customized editions that sell for much, much more.