Mecum Harrisburg: 1970 Chevelle SS LS-6 Survivor!


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You could argue that 1970 was the pinnacle model year of the Golden Age of Musclecars, but we don’t think you’ll get much back in the way of dispute. Offering the largest array of options and offerings across every manufacturer, including and especially Chevrolet, 1970 is largely regarded as the “it” when it comes to the Musclecar Era.

Among those was the LS-6 454 Chevelle SS, a car often coveted and highlighted in film and car circles alike. When specced with the LS-6 package, the 454 cubic-inch powered behemoth would become the highest factory-rated horsepower car of the era, with 450 hp on tap, to be exact. Available with either a Muncie 4-speed manual or the TH400 gearboxes, you had a midsize sport coupe that could handler just about anything the other manufacturers could throw at it, including HEMIs, Cobra Jets, 440 Six-Packs and even the largest displacement Javelins.

Many examples have found their way in the scrap pile during the ’70s and ’80s, but even by the end of the Reagen era, many collectors saw their value and began restoring them in droves. In fact, it’s at the point now where it’s nearly impossible to find a ’70 Chevelle SS of any caliber in factory original condition, as well as one that’s presentable just about anywhere. Our own ’70 Chevelle project was a “survivor,” but even it needs new floors, quarter panels, a respray, etc.

However, one LS-6 example is about to cross the Mecum Auction block in Harrisburg in the coming weeks, and we’re quite interested to see what it will bring when the hammer drops. A factory triple black example with a vinyl top and interior, and sporting the rare a peculiar stripe delete package, we’ve supplied the rest of the details for you below!



  • Unrestored Triple Black LS6 Chevelle
  • Documented with the original build sheet, warranty transfer from 1972, Protect-O-Plate and owner’s manual
  • 33,610 original miles
  • Ordered at Mills Chevrolet in Moline, IL
  • Original owner kept the car until 1972
  • Purchased by 2nd owner in 1972 with 24,000 miles
  • Driven 8,400 miles from 1972-2006
  • Original LS6 454/450 HP big block V-8
  • Power steering and front disc brakes
  • Floor shifted automatic transmission
  • Bucket seats with console
  • AM radio, tachometer and gauges
  • Rare car without stripes or cowl induction
  • Factory code 19 Tuxedo Black car
  • Featured on the cover of Muscle Car Review in October, 2011
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