It may look like a common 1960s two-door, but this Chevelle is a real 1967 SS that once had a highly revered 396-cubic inch big block L78 engine under the hood. Car buffs are probably traumatized by the words “once had.” Heart sick that it still doesn’t have the original stock engine, they are probably wondering what could have happened to it. Was it bad and had to be discarded?
For those of you who are unfamiliar with the 1960s Chevelle SS, the L78, which generated 375-horsepower, was considered one of GM’s most aggressive engines when it appeared in the 1966 Chevelle. Chevrolet dropped it from the Chevelle the next year, but many believed that some were retained and were used to power a limited number of ’67 Chevelles.
Randy Mason and his son, Tim, did the restoration of this Chevelle. A major fan of Chevrolet going back to his early days, Randy revitalized two Covairs, constructed and raced hotrods, pumped gas at his dad’s service station, sold cars for a number of Chevrolet dealerships and served General Motors.