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Factory Sleeper? 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 396

This 1970 Chevelle SS was built on January 19, 1970, in the Oshawa, Ontario, Canada plant. Back then it was a little bit of a sleeper with one-color paint, no SS stripes, and a vinyl top. It is now located in East Greenbush, New York and can be found here on eBay with a requested opening bid of $6,000. There are some documents and paperwork that go along with the sale, which is a plus. There is quite a bit of work that needs to be done, but as you will see, this could be a really rewarding project. Have a look.

Rust issues are probably the biggest project with regard to making this car nice again. You can see the rockers and front fender have issues along with the rear wheel wells, which are very rusty. While the 1970 Chevelle was a one-year-only design, it shares several body panels with other years/models. There is also strong support from the aftermarket, so finding parts and pieces shouldn’t be a problem.

You can see why the car has a bit of a nose-up stance. There are quite a few components missing from under the hood. Although the engine is not a numbers-match for the car, it is a date-coded (CTX stamped 3969854) long block that dates from December 5, 1969. There is no transmission being sold with the car, but the seller says they are trying to source one. It would have originally come with an M21 4-speed with a 3.31 rear end.

The car was originally Fathom Blue with a black vinyl top and no SS stripes. The interior was a cloth bench and as you can tell, it needs quite a bit of attention.

Here you can see there are several extra parts included in the sale. The ad doesn’t really say if they are from a donor car or if they are just spares the seller has collected over the years.

If you want some inspiration on what this car looked like from the factory, check out this one. It will take a lot of time and money to restore this car, but these cars have always been collectible. What do you think? Is this car worth saving?


  1. Gaspumpchas

    Lots of work but it looks like something good to start with if you have the capability to hang quarters, etc. This car is fairly close to me and I could take a look if you are really interested. Looking for something to do anyway LOL. Call Charlie at 845-635-3662 or 845-554-6095. Good luck to the new owner!

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  2. jerry z

    As much as I would like a 1970 SS396, this is not a worth while project. This is a bumper to bumper restoration not some fun time weekend job as you drive it. If you have the time, energy, and money, go for it!

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  3. scott leaf

    I have a similar Canadian built 70 SS. 454/360 hp in Fathom blue. Build sheet etc. and in beautiful condition. Value likely in the $ 50’s. To properly complete this project and still not have originality you would be in for $40 plus. There is also a significant amount of time involved !

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  4. Troy s

    Too bad, sharp ride at one time. Only thing I wouldn’t like would be the vinyl roof. Like the idea of no stripes, solid blue paint, at that point a 454 instead of the 396 (402).
    I like em with stripes too, even the red ones, but an all blue SS Chevelle with mags hits the spot.

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  5. Lynn Member

    These Canadian cars are the reason u can find Pontiac Beaumont’s with a 396 motor. Lots of oddball stuff from the great white north.

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  6. Arthell64 Member

    You need one of three things to prove that a 69-72 Chevelle is a real SS a build sheet, original engine or a Canadian built car. This one checks the last one.

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