Mecum’s upcoming auction in Kissimmee, Florida has drawn quite a few impressive cars – a couple of which really caught our eye. This 1970 Chevelle, flagged as a “Main Attraction” was one of them.
Its listing said it well: “[It’s] the very definition of a truly sympathetic restoration.” Photos of the restoration are included with the purchase. With thorough documentation, including the factory build sheets, Protect-O-Plate, cowl tag, owner’s manual, warranty information, and more, its presented almost exactly how it rolled onto the lot in May 1970.
It was a one owner car until just a few years back, when the original owner, Charles “Chuck” Cordell, sold it to a collector in Tennessee, with just over 27,000 original miles.
When he originally purchased it, he had the dealership remove the emissions equipment and install upgraded heads. Soon after, Chuck had a few engine mods done, including work from the Rod Shop’s Bill McGraw and Jenkins Performance’ Dave Strickler. Otherwise, the vehicle was left pretty much untouched, with the convertible top’s usage being notably light. Chuck said, “[it had only been down] 6 or 7 times in the car’s life and hasn’t been down since the mid-1970s.”
The current owner took the vehicle to a famous restoration company in Missouri, Roger Gibson Auto Restoration, where they described it as “a truly exceptional example” and “absolutely rust free” with “no wreck damage.” The car got a fresh coat of paint, new OE-style striping, exhaust, and a Hurst shifter. Its 454/450 horsepower LS6 was rebuilt and balanced to LS6 specs, but the vehicle retained the original suspension, driveline components, and all stock body parts – all the way down to the trunk mats and spare tire that are untouched.
For more information and photos, check out the car’s listing on Mecum’s website HERE.