Launched in response to the Pontiac GTO and Oldsmobile 4-4-2, the Chevelle SS396 quickly gained a formidable reputation. GM had agreed to cap its cars to 400ci (6.6 liters) or under, hence the SS396 which featured the Mark IV L78 big-block, a detuned version of the engine available in the 1965 Corvette. The unit had 11:1 compression, a steel crank high-lift long duration camshaft for high-rpm use, plus an aluminium high-rise intake manifold which also responded best at high engine speeds. In order to best put down the power, the rear axle was located on lour bars and used coil springs and telescopic dampers, while the front had wishbones and an anti-roll bar. While steel wheels were the standard with bias-ply lyres, Torque-Thrust D rims from American Racing were dealer options. This has them with modern radial tyres for optimum handling, without sacrificing looks.
Chevrolet Chevelle SS396 (1966) Specifications
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