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Chevrolet Chevelle Pro Street (1968)


Chevrolet Chevelle Pro Street (1968)

The Chevelle was restyled for 1968, becoming shorter and sportier, yet retaining its muscular status. While it may never have been as popular as the Camaro, it used a similar coupe shape and therefore had the necessary wide haunches suitable for the Pro Street treatment. This meant the biggest tyres out back, and here the owner has fitted Mickey Thompson racing slicks with over 3ft (0.91m) of contact patch across their width. At the front are the complete opposite skinny rims and tyres for minimum weight and thus the best weight transfer on to the rear treads. Horsepower is what it's all about in Pro Street, and this mainly strip-racing car has a massive big-block engine which is aided by the nitrous oxide injection for an extra 500bhp (373kW) on top of the standard 832bhp (620kW). A Lenco clutchless transmission makes gear-shifting as fast, as the five levers can be pulled back.

Chevrolet Chevelle Pro Street (1968) Specifications

Top speed:188 mph (300 km/h)
0-60 mph (0-96 km/h):2.0 sec
Engine type:V8
Displacement:632 ci (10,356 cc)
Transmission:5-speed clutchless manual
Max power:870 bhp (649 kW) @ 7,000 rpm
Max torque:720 lb ft (976 Nm) @ 4,400 rpm
Weight:3,420 lb (1,554 kg)
Economy:2 mpg (0.71 km/I)
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