When you're addicted to 1970 Chevelle SS454s like barn-find hunter Patrick Nichols, you're bound to run into some good ones. Think you know a lot about Chevelles? Patrick's knowledge is encyclopedic, and we'll put his wisdom of obscure factory options and other trivia against anybody's. Chevy began building SS Chevelles for the 1964 model year and continued all the way to 1977 (1973 through 1977 models were built on the colonnade-style body and are sometimes referred to as S-3). Of all the years the Chevelle SS was built, the most highly prized was the 1970 model—mostly for the available 454-cube LS6 big-block with 450 hp. We're going to lay down some of Patrick's best 1970 SS454 Chevelle finds—seven in all!
Black-On-Cranberry Built In Flint
Nichols got wind of this black-over-red Chevelle 454SS in Hope, New Jersey; it was part of a 60-car collection that was about to be liquidated. The car was complete, right down to its original high-compression solid-lifter LS6 454, Muncie M22 four-speed, and 3.31-geared 12-bolt. The cowl tag indicates it was built the second week of April, 1970. In Patrick's original story he indicated it was rare for the Flint, Michigan, plant to build SS Chevelles due to the GM strike that year. Score!
Tuxedo Black LS6 SS454
According its owner, Todd Harris of Dallas, Texas, "I heard about the car and its whereabouts through word of mouth and decided to check it out. As soon I opened the garage door and laid eyes on the car that many consider to be the holy grail of all muscle cars, I immediately knew I would own it." The find had been parked since 1980 in a storage unit in North Richland, Texas. Assembled in Arlington, Texas, in January of 1970, this one has never left the DFW area.
Barn-Busting Gold-On-Black SS454
Put any car in an old barn for 40 years, and chances are good the car might outlive the barn. That was the case for this hapless LS5-equipped 1970 Chevelle SS454 in an Ohio barn, but thankfully news of its demise had spread within the barn-find community just in time; a cellphone video had surfaced on social media, and the prospective owner hightailed it out to the scene for the incredible rescue. Make sure you click on Patrick's original story to watch the video of it being dragged through the rear of the collapsed barn by a tractor!
Cortez Silver L78 SS396 Yard Find
Patrick discovered this early 1970 L78-equipped SS396 in an online gallery of photos from a Fresno, California, storage lot, but it wasn't called out as anything special. Thanks to Patrick's sharp eye, he spotted the 6,500-rpm redline tach—a feature only associated with an SS454 package! Without flinching, he boarded a plane from Tennessee to California to verify its provenance. When Patrick realized it was legit, he bought it on the spot and shipped it home.
One-Owner 1970 Chevelle SS396
Brenda Wallace bought her Fathom Blue SS396 (RPO code L34) in 1970 and hasn't parted with it, making this a one-owner barn find. Mothballed in her storage shed in 1994, she has finally decided to restore it so she can drive it once again. Brenda told Patrick in the original story, "I still remember how pretty this car was when it was new, and I want to drive it at least one more time. I'm just an ol' country girl with a lead foot, and I'd love to use it again."
Convertible SS396 In Desert Sand
This 53,000-mile Desert Sand colored SS396 convertible was not only exceedingly rare, according to Patrick Nichols, but also in amazing condition. New owner Rob Feasel locked on to the online ad like a heat-seeking missile and drove the 860 miles from New Jersey to Michigan to snatch it up before anybody responded. The car had been parked in Detroit since 1990 and was amazingly well preserved right down to its build sheet. Plans for its new owner? Fix a few rust areas and drive the heck out of it!
Low-Mileage Gold-On-Black LS6 SS454
When it comes to 1970 SS454 Chevelle barn finds, this one stands to be one of the coolest ever. At only 1,092 actual miles, it really pushes the limit on unmolested muscle machinery. Our man Patrick discovered it stored in a block building near Pittsburgh and after some research found it had been off the road since 1976. Special ordered by the original owner for drag racing (it had the top-shelf solid-lifter LS6 with 450 hp), the car's odd options, floor shifter, and bench seat were a rare bonanza. Patrick had the good sense to buy it on the spot and says he's keeping it in survivor condition.