6 Fascinating Facts about the Chevrolet Chevelle
- The NASCAR favorite. Chevrolet Chevelle's third generation model was one of the favorite vehicle body styles that were used in NASCAR events during the period between 1973 to 1977. Several Chevrolet Chevelle versions and trims were responsible for giving victory to various performance drives. Some of these drivers are Cale Yarborough, Benny Parsons, Dale Earnhardt, and Junior Johnson. After the 1977 season of NASCAR, the Chevelle Laguna S-3 was declared ineligible for competition because it was regarded as a limited edition model by NASCAR.
- Made in North America. The vast land of North America is the home and origin of all Chevrolet Chevelle models. All Chevrolet Chevelle parts and Chevrolet Chevelle accessories were manufactured and assembled in 14 Chevrolet plants located in various American states. Two other plants were in Canada, particularly in Ontario and Quebec. Do you want to know where your Chevelle was manufactured? Just check the identification number of your vehicle. Each letter corresponds to a particular plant.
- The Yenko magic. The limited edition Yenko Chevelle came out in 1969. It was a very rare, high-performance version of the Chevrolet Chevelle because it is the sole Chevelle model that was developed by Donald Yenko, a retired performance driver and Chevrolet dealer. Yenko gave the Chevelle some racing-style options and a very powerful 427 V8 engine. This engine defied General Motors' ban on engines that are larger than 400 cubic inches.
- The secret code. There were two Chevrolet Chevelle engine options that were considered as a "total mystery to most dealers." These rare options were the high-performance L78 and L89 forms of a 396 cubic-inch engine that can deliver 375 horsepower. These two were perfect for drag strip power, and only the people within the racing realm knew the secret option code that will give the buyers the privilege to own the most badass engine option of the Chevrolet Chevelle.
- Goodbye DeLorean. The Chevrolet Chevelle was the very last car that was developed by the combined efforts of the Chevrolet team and John Z. DeLorean before he left General Motors in 1973. DeLorean is the famous engineer and executive of General Motors who was responsible for developing the Pontiac GTO muscle car and the DeLorean DMC-12 sports car. He is also the reason why the Chevelle is one of the best-handling Chevrolets of its time. Because of his persistence in pushing for the upgrades, Car and Driver commented that the Chevelle's handling was amazing and it was "as if the car was guided by an unseen hand."
- The muscle car in Hollywood. The Chevelle's charm captured not only the racing world but also the realm of show business. The Chevrolet Chevelle was driven by Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson in the movie Faster. Other movies where the Chevelle made a cameo include Drive, Hit List, Hot Rod Horror, Material Girls, Starsky and Hutch, A View to a Kill, and many others.