It’s not every day you find a unicorn. Finding this forgotten 1970 Chevelle SS 454 could be right up there with an alicorn (a Pegasus unicorn). The car is special because basically only the first owner ever drove the car, racing it regularly even, and is entirely original and untampered-with, minus the engine, which we’ll get to.
A 1970 Chevelle SS – big deal, right? – but no, this is a special car, and enthusiast authenticator Patrick Nichols had to dig deep to pedigree this beautiful car, perhaps one of the best barn finds in recent memory, though perhaps not so special as the Baillon Collection. In any case, what was found forgotten in a storage garage was an early 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 454 LS6, all factory original, again minus the engine. The 454 cubic-inch engine and four-speed Muncie M22 manual transmission were sitting elsewhere in the garage, but fully-equipped with factory-original aluminum intake manifold, solid-lifter camshaft, heavy-duty distributor, and a Holley 800 cfm carburetor. The original 4.10 Positraction rear axle was still fitted to the car, the stamped identification still visible. The car even features its original Tuxedo Black finish, with white racing stripes.
What really makes this car stand out, however, is its condition and rarity. Unlike cars in the rust belt and near the coast, this 1970 Chevelle hadn’t been eaten by rust. The interior didn’t do so well, most of the interior panels missing or deteriorated, but it’s a prime suspect for restoration, which we’re hoping will happen soon. The other thing about this car is when it was produced. The LS6 option replaced the LS8 option in December 1969, meaning the 1970 LS6 wasn’t even in production a full year. Just 4,475 were ever produced for the 1970 model year, compared to hundreds of thousands of other Chevelles.
It took the current owner, Todd Harris, about a decade to track down the unique muscle car and its owners. He’d originally heard about the car in 2004 – how do people hear about these things? – parked in a storage garage in the 1980s and basically forgotten. Just hearing about the car was enough to prompt Harris to show up with a wad a of cash, to buy the car if the rumors were true. Absolutely true were the rumors, as a matter of fact, a beautiful 1970 Chevelle SS 454 LS6 in Tuxedo Black, and Harris bought the car on the spot from the second owner of the car, who never drove it or even registered it.
Harris needed a few more years to find the original owner of the car, who lived close enough for a dinner and conversation about the history of the car. The original owner bought the car from Earl Taylor Chevrolet, Dallas, and raced the car at Green Valley Dragway, Fort Worth. The engine found in the storage garage wasn’t the original, but a warranty replacement after the original engine blew in a drag racing incident. Otherwise, everything else, including the transmission, rear end, body, and interior, are all 100% original equipment, straight from the factory, the second week of January 1970.
Harris wasn’t planning on restoring the car himself but turned to Patrick Nichols for authentication. Today, the authenticated 1970 Chevelle SS 454 LS6 has been listed in the National Chevelle LS6 Registry. Harris plans on selling the car to someone who will restore it to its former glory.