1966 Chevelle Super Sport L6 230
In the muscle car year of 1966 Chevrolet decided to
only go for the 396 engine in the new Chevelle SS model. However in
Scandinavia the gasoline prize was way to high to justify the use of a BB
V8 hence GM Nordic decided to make a SS with a smaller engine and offered
a 283 V8 and a 230 L6.
The GM Nordic SS package was composed of a special SS interior and exterior, positration rear axle, power brakes, heavy duty suspension and a rear defroster. The interior has bucket seats and a center console plus the SS logo on the glovebox along with the black frosted ignition dash strip. The SS exterior has the SS396 rockerpanel with ribbed quarter-panel moldings (not the gloss non-black Malibu ones) and either Super Sport or Malibu SS quarter-panel emblems (both are documented although I never seen the Super Sport one). For the record, the car is based on the Canadian built Malibu SS but, as evident in the accompanying GM Nordic literature (see below), it was sold as a Chevelle SuperSport and not a Malibu.
The GM Nordic Sales Catalog
Export Model Differences
Naturally since the car is a export car it
comes with a kilometer per hour speedometer and white (normally
orange) front direction/parking light lenses. As it's for the Scandinavian
market, it also has additional round rear reflectors
What's the history of this remarkable car?
It was bought new by a traveling salesman in Stockholm, Sweden 1966. He used it until 1971 when he garaged it. It was stored for a very long time - not until 1988 it saw daylight again but just a glimpse since it was stored again after a repaint (I don't know why the new owner repainted it since judging form the pictures it was in very nice shape. The only thing he said was that during the first storage period, it got scratched on the left hand side door). Anyhow, he stored it again until 1996 when I bought the car with only 55k miles on the meter at that time (well it was 96000 km). I have now used it as a car for weekends and have stored it during the winter time it as now 111 347 km (69k miles) on the meter. This "milage" is documented and verified by SBP a Swedish test institute that tracks the milage of the car as they do a mandatory biyearly road safety inspection of the car.
The condition of the car is excellent!
The paint is solid and shiny and there is no rust what so ever in the body (I haven't dismantled the car but there is no rust under the carpets and other hidden area - at least to my knowledge). Yes, I recently removed the carpets and the floor pans are as blue and shiny as they was when the car left the assembly line. All chrome and especially the bumpers are in prime condition and very shiny.
Driving this car around is pure pleasure!
The interior is solid and it's like sitting
in a new pair of bucket seat (cushioning still firm, flexible and in prime
condition). Well - yes naturally the interior as a whole is in a pretty
good conditions and there are no cracks in the dash cover. Naturally,
the car has all matching numbers and totally original unrestored condition
(other than the aforementioned paint job). This is not a car that you
will get disappointed with - it's a truly a wonderful car in a excellent
unrestored condition. I Have tried my best to get an objective view of
the car and not mislead you as so many people do when they sell a car
over Internet. Yes, I would without hesitation drive this car coast to
coast - the engine is truly solid and deliver all the horse powers it
had when it was new.
How unusual is this car?
Well there was 81 Chevelles of model type
13517 built for export and probably only a handful of them of SS model
(remember, this is all 13517 built for export outside North America, not
just for the Scandinavian market and the Chevelle Super Sport L6 230 was
export only model). In my research through the years, I have seen two
"SS283" V8 models, and not another single six cylinder one,
and my guess is that this car is actually the only one left of the Chevelle
This is what options that the car came with
Along with the car comes the following documentation in mint condition:
GM Nordic Chevrolet Sales Catalog to verify the unusual Super Sport L6
NOTE: NORX is a option installed by the local GM dealer in Scandinavia at the time of sale. NORY is a optioned carried out by GM Nordic since normal vinyl roofs aren't popular due to the harsh climate above the polar circle.
NOTE: Some where along the line the fan to the rear defogger got lost - the rest of the electrical components are still there although.
NOTE: Yes, it's odd but the car has a manufacture error in the terms that it's a Malibu emblem on the left quarter panel and and a Malibu SS emblem on the right quarter panel . Yes, I have check it carefully and it's actually a fabrication error.
Ahh, yes the price for this odd bird - this car is one of it's kind and you will never find another one and I value it to $8500 but please feel free to come with offers or trades. I'm currently looking for the following cars Chevrolet Nomad (55-57) (project to nice condition car), Camaro SS/RS (67-69) convertible (project to nice condition car) or a Chevrolet Cameo 1958 truck (project to nice condition car). I might also be interested in Chevrolet 210 or Bel Air Wagon 55-57 (2 or 4 door). NOTE: I'm willing to trade both up and down so to say.
Location: San Francisco, CA