This is a real Super Sport. It was built at the Southgate, California plant with a 327 V8 and Powerglide transmission. The rear end gearing is 3.08 to 1, which is great for highway cruising. It has always had black vinyl bucket seats as part of the black interior. It has always had the center console. It has always been Palomar Red in color.
The original 327 was replaced with a 300HP 327 from a 1965 Chevelle. The transmission is now a three speed Turbo 350 automatic and the shift indicator was changed to match.
All of this information was attained by decoding the serial number of the car, the trim tag and the engine casting and stamping numbers. It is important to know this information and it tells me something about the car.
The fact that it was built in California supports the fantastic condition of the floors, floor braces and frame. It is completely rust free and unrestored. The body of the car is very, very straight and shows no sign of rust, repair or filler.
The interior appears to be mostly original. The upholstery and dash are in fantastic original condition and without flaws. I suspect the carpet may have been replaced. I was told the headliner has and it was done so with the correct material and pattern. I believe the door panels to be original and they are very nice.
The finish on the car displays the correct Palomar Red hue. But it is far beyond the quality that left the factory. The paint appears to be very deep. This was accomplished by laying down four coats of color followed by five coats of clear. It was sanded and buffed to a high gloss. It is definitely eye-catching and show quality.
The cosmetic restoration was completed in 2010. It involved stripping and refinishing the body, new emblems, mirrors, moldings, antennas and wheels and tires. It all looks very nice yet today.
The day 2 look is accomplished by the Cragar SS wheels and BFGoodrich Radial TA tires. The fronts are 215/70/15 and the rears are 255/70/15. This takes me back to the early 70’s.
About five years ago, the mechanical restoration was completed. The engine was rebuilt, as was the transmission. Edelbrock Aluminum heads, camshaft, intake manifold and 600cfm carburetor were included as upgrades. The ignition system was upgraded to MSD. The Sanderson headers are ceramic coated. A 2.25 inch welded exhaust system was installed. It follows the factory design and was perfectly tucked under the floorboards. The stock mufflers were replaced with a pair of Turbo glasspacks.
The fuel tank and sending unit were replaced, the belts/hoses/wires were new, the alternator and starter were replaced. All new lines for fuel and brakes were installed. The steering and suspension were rebuilt and new shocks installed. Receipts for this work are included. There is minimal mileage on the car since. I was told about 500 miles.
This car has EZ-eye tinted glass, dual antennas, rear speakers, pushbutton AM radio (not working) and power steering. Aftermarket gauges have been installed and a tachometer is attached to the steering column.
The mileage on the car is 62,524. It is easy to make the case that this is actual mileage, but due to the car being older than ten years, it is exempt from mileage disclosure and is sold as such.
Other than the radio not working, all features function properly. The doors, trunk and glove box lock via key. There are two sets. There is no jack, lug wrench or spare tire.
This is a great looking car with much of its life having been spent in California. It grabs the attention of onlookers and will turn heads at any car show. It has been mechanically refurbished to allow for many, many more years of driving enjoyment.