1967 Chevrolet Chevelle SS396 With Only 8,000 Miles

1967 Chevrolet Chevelle SS396

Marc Rinella is a longtime local of Greenville, Pennsylvania and said that their manufacturing industry boomed around the 1960s and 1970s. Companies such as CBI, Greenville Steel Car, Werner Ladders, and Westinghouse probably helped in the success of muscle cars in the area. “All the young guys had great-paying jobs, and we had muscle cars everywhere.”

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1967 Chevrolet Chevelle

Marc served the country between 1964 and 1966 and after his service, he was able to save and started a large car wash business in Greenville. It became an instant gathering place for muscle car owners that were into the racing. “If you were going to race, you met at the car wash,” Marc said. If someone lost a race, Marc often heard about them trading their cars in for a better car at either Wein Motors or Bobbly Allen Motors, high-performance car dealers located in the neighboring Sharon, Pennsylvania.

Marc also owned several high-powered cars at that time, a 1963 Impala SS powered by a 409 ci engine with 425 horsepower, a 1965 Corvette powered by a 327 ci engine with 365 horsepower, and a greatly improved 1967 Corvette he got from Wein Motors.

1967 Chevrolet Chevelle SS396  exterior

The town continued to grow and so did the muscle car community, the car wash continued to be a muscle car meeting place until the early ‘70s. Safe and family-friendly drag races were held at the Sunset Dragstrip in Charleston. Marc said that street drag racing is very dangerous after he learned it the hard way. He got into an accident and wrecked his 1967 Corvette.

In 1972, Marc found an ad placed in the Sunday paper about a 1967 Chevelle SS powered by a 396 ci 350 horsepower engine. According to the ad, the Chevrolet Chevelle only had 6,200 original miles. The ad was placed by its original owner, William, Gueldner.

“Viewing the car, I noticed it was ready for a night of racing with Keystone mags and M&H slicks on the rear. Air Lift bags in the rear coils and spring spacers in the front gave the car a good stance. The tow brackets mounted behind the front bumper assured me that the car was towed more than driven,” Marc said.

brown 1967 Chevrolet Chevelle SS396

After hearing the beautiful sound of the engine firing up, marc immediately decided to but the muscle car. “He turned the key, and I heard the Holley electric fuel pump in the trunk charging the fuel line. Then with a roar, the 396 came to life. The Hooker headers were open. The fumes from the Sunoco 260 leaded gas burned my eyes. Bill smiled and stated, ‘I have the Holley three-barrel running a little rich,’” he said.

The Chevelle featured a heavy-duty clutch, a Mallory dual-point distributor, an Edelbrock intake, a cool fan, and a Lakewood scattershield. On January 2, 1973, Marc bought the Chevelle for $2,100. In spring, he brought the Chevelle home. Marc was a bit fastidious in nature which is why he was given the name Mr. Particular. It is especially prominent when it comes to his cars and the Chevelle received a lot of love. The Chevelle SS396 in its stunning Granada Gold finish became a local celebrity.

In a cold night of 1983, Marc woke up to find that thieves got into his garage and took the engine. The Edelbrock intake, custom valve covers, Holley 3-barrel carburetor, and Sun gauges were all gone. The thieves destroyed the vent window to get inside the Chevelle. Devastated, Marc hid the Chevelle in an undisclosed climate-controlled facility. The car was covered in a foam box made by Marc and was locked up in the facility for 27 years.

1967 Chevrolet Chevelle SS396  engine

On February 15 of 2010, the Chevelle was taken out of its foam prison. The engine was restored back to its original condition and Marc had the Chevelle thoroughly cleaned. Despite the damage done by the thieves, this 1967 Chevelle SS396 is probably one of the most pristine and original cars out there. At present, this car only has 8,819 original miles. Both the interior and exterior are all original. It still features the day-two modifications when Marc received it in 1973. Because this Chevelle is a two-day car, it features modifications that were very common back in the days. This car is a perfect example of how these muscle cars were back then.

Concours level show cars are the perfect representation of how brand-new cars look in the showrooms in the past but the day-two cars are the real representation of how it they actually looked in the streets.

1967 Chevrolet Chevelle SS396 interior

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