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1972 Chevrolet Chevelle

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Some of the best cars also have interesting stories to tell. This 1972 Chevelle SS convertible is a real W-code LS5 SS that has had only two owners from new. The first owner sold it to a military buddy in 1975 with only a few thousand miles on the clock. Today, 36 years later the car shows only 30,736 miles, which are believed to be authentic, and the car's condition bears it out. Repainted a few years ago to take it from a nice original to a gorgeous show car, it is most certainly one of the nicest '72 SS454 convertibles on the planet. That fresh paint job used the original color combination of Mulsanne Blue Metallic with white SS stripes, which were actually quite unusual in 1972. Chevrolet was downplaying the performance side of the Malibu lineup, and very few cars were shown in catalogs and brochures sporting the famous wide stripes on the hood and trunk. The same goes for performance-enhancing options like the cowl induction hood and even little things like the hood pins, all of which this car has. The new paint simply blows away anything they could spray in 1972, and the two-stage urethane is incredibly deep and shiny today. The car was completely disassembled so all the nooks and crannies would be properly covered, and today it is simply stunning to see in the sunlight. The 1972 Chevelles were slightly revised, getting a new grille and single-lens parking lights. All the chrome was replaced when the car was repainted, and it is in concours condition now. Stainless was polished, and then it was meticulously reassembled, leaving one of the cleanest convertibles we've seen. No kit can quite duplicate the detail and texture that comes from an original interior, and this one shows extremely well. Black vinyl buckets show only light wear, certainly appropriate for the age and mileage. There are no splits or tears, and even more surprising, given that this is a convertible, there's no fading or UV damage anywhere. Both door panels and the dash pad remain free of cracks, although the driver's side armrest might have a slight indentation from the driver's elbow resting on it, but that's hardly a flaw. Even the carpets are in excellent shape with no stains, snags or fading. The gauges are fully functional, including the optional tachometer, while a trio of auxiliary gauges lives underneath. You'll also note that this car is equipped with factory A/C and an AM/8-track stereo radio, both unusual options, especially on an big block SS convertible. Overhead, a white vinyl convertible top folds effortlessly into the top well where it is covered by a matching black boot. The engine is the car's original, numbers-matching W-code LS5 454, which, in 1972, was rated at 270 horsepower. While mechanically almost identical to the 1971 LS5, GM's use of the new net horsepower rating system meant that all their engines lost some power on paper. But in practice, it still has all the good stuff, including a forged crank and connecting rods, cast pistons, and rectangular port heads. A cast iron intake and a Rochester Quadrajet carburetor supply the fuel, while a dual exhaust system with glasspack mufflers handles the fumes. The engine compartment is highly original, showing you just how nicely preserved this car is. Chevy Orange paint still covers the engine, and the original air cleaner lid still sports its original '454 Turbo Fire' decal. It shows signs of proper maintenance, with replacement hoses, belts, plugs, and wires, and runs extremely well. Big block torque is available at virtually any speed, and the TH400 3-speed automatic living behind the engine is a willing dance partner, and the 3.31 Posi out back doesn't hurt, either. The rest of the chassis is highly original and is more proof that this is indeed a low-mileage original car. There's no rust, no signs of accident damage, and all the original components are still in place. It rolls on the original SS wheels, which now wear 255/60/15 front and 275/60/15 rear Goodyear Eagle radials. Although the 1970 LS6 gets all the glory, the LS5 is an equally robust engine, and was the top player in 1972. There are no production numbers on how many big block SS convertibles were built, but they are exceedingly rare today. With matching numbers, a ton of desirable options, and a brilliant combination of originality and fresh cosmetics, this is a car that you will be proud to show. With a few tweaks, it would be easy to even take this one to competition at the highest levels, where cars like this become investments. Take a good look at the pictures, then give us a call-this one really is as nice as it looks.

Reference Number 123500

as of 4/29/2011

Car 1972 Chevrolet Chevelle
VIN 1D67W2R516909 
Mileage 30,735 miles 
Configuration Left Hand Drive (LHD) 
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