1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 396-L78-375HP

Rare numbers matching. A real SS Chevelle


Year 1970
Make Chevrolet
Model Chevelle SS 396-L78-375HP
Engine and transmission
Engine Type V8
Engine Size 396 cui
Estimated HP 375 hp
Heads Original
Carburetor 4 bbl
Intake 4bbl original
Ignition GM original
Transmission Type Automatic
Transmission Spec TH400
Exhaust Type Dual original style with tips
Muffler Type
Interior Color Black
Seating Type Bench
Seat Material
Shifter Type Column
Restoration Status Restored
Awards Summary
Body Style Coupe
Doors 2
Body Color Black Cherry metallic
Paint type 2 stage
Stripes SS white
Front Suspension Type Coil over
Rear Suspension Type SS leaf springs
Axle Specification GM 12 bolt
Wheels 15 inch rally
Front Brakes Discs
Rear Brakes Drum
Miscellaneous The car comes with owners manual, Factory original build sheet! (super rare) factory original Cowl tag (no reproduction) and original Title showing 79000 original miles. If you wanted a high quality, investment grade and true performance SS Chevelle. This must be the car for you! No clone! This car, like all PTTM quality cars, has received a complete check-up and engine and drivetrain tests, everything is in great shape and the car is ready to be enjoyed once it is on our showroom floor!
Bodywork & Trim

Laser straight, all original floors, body, frame rails and trunk! The car appears to have never been hit or in any accidents and it survived more than 45 years. Fresh (2017) new high-quality paint (2 stages) by PTTM paint shop in the rare and correct factory original black cherry color. All the trim, SS emblems, Chrome, and glass are also in very good and factory original condition. No flaws here! You have to see this car here live as the pictures don't do this great color and paint justice, it is awesome!


Factory original rare and true L78- 396-cui big block with 375 factory hp in great and rebuild condition and all its correct and detailed parts and a very clean and detailed engine bay. The engine is a numbers match and completely in original condition with only a small camshaft upgrade for some additional power. PTTM performed a full leak down and compression test on the engine and it is in as new condition.


Factory original, rebuilt TH400 trans with 12 bolt rear axle and 3,31 rear end gears and lim.slip.diff. The transmission was checked and tested by PTTM and is in very good condition.


Very clean and super original black interior with all the correct SS details and a rally dash with tacho, really amazing to see a car in this condition. The interior is flawless, all original and super solid. As you can see in the pictures below the car still carries its DRY original floor isolation mats under the carpet which is amazing for a 48-year-old car! Everything here is fully functional and in very good to mint condition.

General discription


This amazing 79000 original mile, numbers matching Chevrolet Chevelle SS with the ultra-rare L78 375 factory HP 396 Big block!

It is one of only 1138 ever build performance Chevelle's with this engine and transmission combination. But seeing its rare and factory original color combination and TH400 automatic trans combined with its other options, this car might well be one of a handful Chevelle's ever built! Today only 34 of these rare L78 car's are registered and how many? of these 34 cars, have their numbers matching driveline still in place and have a real factory original build sheet to prove all its factory options?. 

Taking all this in consideration, this car might well be a real one of one car ever produced with this rare color and options combination such as the fact that this car is also a true cowl induction hood car and is equipped with the performance axle package. And it is in amazing original condition, never have we seen a 48-year-old performance Chevelle in this condition. The floors, quarter panels, doors, everything is completely rust-free and super clean. The underside of this car is like it came from the factory a week ago. 

This original code 78 Black Cherry metallic paint is a very rare color for a Chevelle indeed and combined with it's factory original white SS stripes and black interior, it really stands out. It might well be the best color combination for this 70 SS! With most Chevelle's or even Camaro's of Nova SS cars being clones, or missing there original driveline's, this car is proven to be the real deal and a true and rare collector's item and a great car to drive and enjoy. The Black Cherry color with white SS stripes makes it one awesome car.

With the base V8 engine in a 70' Malibu or Chevelle being a 302cui small-block, that was followed by the more powerful 350cui V8 SB engine, the base engine for a true 70' Chevelle SS car was the 325hp 396 Big block. Followed by a 350 HP version and then the real hi-performance engine the L78! With its impressive 375 factory HP ratings (in real the had close to 425+hp) It was the most powerful engine you could get in a Chevelle besides, later on in the production year it was replaced by the legendary LS6 with it's 450 factory rated HP. This L78  car for instance with its performance 396 was more powerful and therefore faster than the 454cui LS5 code engine! which only had 360hp and had a milder hydrolic camshaft with less power. 

The L78-396 engine was unchanged for the 1970 year, however in the years before 1970, it was rated at 425hp by Chevrolet. The reasons why it was changed to 375hp might be because around 1970 it became alsmost impossible for clients to get insurances for high output cars and that might have also influenced the sales figures of these cars. So it's thought, as many car manufactors did this, that the rating on paper was lowered so car sales would go up instead of down. But for real the engine was not changed at all, it carries al the same components, camshaft, intake and carb and has the same compression ratio. 

The L78 car's were maybe even faster than its succesor, the LS6, as that engine is also a much heavier engine. The 396-L78 engined big block cars are up untill today one of the best performance cars around. We have heard stories that with a little tweek, the L78 outperformed the LS6, making them one of the best kept classic musclecar's sectrets around and therefor today these car's are very valuable and rare indeed. 

With prices of the real LS6 Chevelle's going through the roof this L78 car is the next best thing you could get in 1970 and it being a fraction lighter than the 454 LS6 engine, this car was almost just as fast!, the L78 is also much more rare than a LS6 as its production numbers were much lower. So all in all this car is a true grail. And knowing that the L78-396 probably still had 425hp and was much lighter than the LS6, meant that this car we present to you here was maybe just as fast, or a tad faster than the LS6.

The 396-L78 engine is also highly sought after for this reason's and it was very populair amongst the dragracing community up untill today, which might explain why so little of the original L78 cars have survived and why many of them no longer carry there factory original drivetrain. All in all this fact makes this car even more rare than it already was. 

Seeing this car is also equipped originally with its 3.55 gear ratio and limited slip diff the 0-60mph times are impressive. So this is a true muscle car in every sense of the word! And a car that wouldn't have many competitors on the streets back in the days. The car we present to you here is also, besides being a rare and true performance Chevelle, still in very rare original condition. All the body panels and floors are original ! to the car and so are almost all of its interior components and details. 

The car received a mild "restoration" in our shop because it was already in immaculate condition and didn't need more that that. But every detail is checked and perfected and because the original paint was no longer attractive we also gave the car a completely new high-quality paint job. But otherwise, this car is a true all original icon, as its still very, very original overall. The engine and transmission are also pro rebuild as were the complete suspension, fuel and steering system and now everything is just in perfect condition again just like the day it rolled of the production line.

All in all this car is in fantastic condition and can be enjoyed by its new owner for many more years to come and it carries all of its important original components and parts, It's completely rust free with all its original sheet metal, glass, floors, drivetrain and trim pieces and it has only 79000! proven original miles on the Odo, which also explains why this car has survived more than 45 years in its current condition.Truly amazing!

And besides the fact that this is one of the most desirable Musclecars around, a 1970 Chevelle SS and especially one with the right colors such as this one, is also a stunning and beautifull car to look at. The just seem to have something magical about them and there lines and shapes combined with the new grill and other changed details for that year just makes it one of the most desirable Chevy's ever produced. 

The first owner also understood that and he really knew what he ordered back in 1970. He must have been a real performance guy with a sense of style and flair as he ordered a rare and good looking color combination as well. Seeing this car was ordered with the performance packages it has and the 3.55 rear end gears combined with the TH400 trans, this baby was one of the fastest cars on the streets of his hometown for sure. The car for sure pulled away faster at the stop signs than most of the other cars he came across. The cars that would outrun it at the lights would have been limited to the 440 six-packs or Hemi equipped Mopar's with 395 and 425 HP and maybe a few another ultra-rare cars such as the Yenko's and an occasional LS6 Chevelle. 

But the change you would meet up with one of these cars would be like finding a needle in a haystack! But seeing this car still has its complete numbers match drivetrain, original rear axle and looking at its great overall condition it might well be that the owners never needed to abuse the car to show its true performance as all was well taken care of throughout its lifetime. 

And to top it all of, this car is also the 1970 model, which by many Chevelle fan's is seen as the best looking model year for the Chevelle SS. As the 70'model had several sheet metal revisions which gave the bodies a more squared-up stance following the coke bottle styling, and interiors were also redesigned. It was also the first and only year for the dual headlights, special blacked out grill and it was also the first model year that the Cowl induction hood, with option code ZL2 was available as an extra cost option (not standard on any SS) which this car also happens to be equipped with!

It was also the last year the L78 engine option was available. After 1970 the SS option package was no longer an exclusive package for the real High-performance models, but it could be ordered as a dress-up package on almost any engine combination. So you could end up with a base 350cui small block car, with standard suspension and brakes having the SS badges that before 1970 was unthinkable. So its correct to state that this 1970 Chevelle SS we show you here, especially with all its additional performance features is one of the last true Performance SS cars that left the factory. So if your looking for a highly collectible, rare and real performance orientated Musclecar, this might well be your car.

It is also comes with its factory original build sheet which is very rare and desirable with any Chevy, and has driven only 79.000 proven miles and documentation to prove its pedigree.

The fact that this car is also restored with originality in mind and seeing its in great overall condition makes it even more desirable for sure. And with prices for matching LS6 Chevelle's going well over the 200+k marker, this car might well be the next best thing and its price is also much more attractive.

For this money, you can't even restored one, let only find a better example. We have seen other rare L78 Chevelle's, although not as rare or correct and in this amazing condition and as documented as this car is, being sold for over 125000,- However our asking price is far away from that, and again, this car might well be one of the best original and most rare L78 cars around on the markets today, especially because its also a documented all correct car with proven pedigree. So it just cant get much better than this! 

So here is your chance to own a great looking and correctly ultra rare restored real 70' Chevelle SS L78 for a price that's not only very attractive but also leaves more than enough room for your investment to grow in years to come. If you want a quality car, that is also very rare in all its details and with this highly desirable drivetrain, this must be it!

And besides it being a great investment, its an amazing car to own, drive and enjoy as well seeing its fully serviced and inspected by our crew and this car is not only for show but also for go!  We can honestly state that this is one of the best and most original and true documented Chevelle SS cars we have ever seen, and we will probably never see, especially not a true L78 car, one like this great car ever again.

Some of the cars additional factory options :

  • True SS car

  • L78 375HP 396

  • G96- 3.55 performance rear axle gears

  • F41- Special performance suspension
  • G80 - Limited slip diff
  • ZL2- Cowl induction hood!

  • D88- SS stripes

  • C56- Astro ventilation!

  • J50- Power brakes

  • JL2- Front disc brakes

  • N40- Power steering

  • ZL3- Rally dash with tacho!

  • B96- Wheel opening trim

  • - B80- Roof drip molding

  • U69- Am/FM radio!

  • Metallic paint (Black Cherry)

  • Hood pins
  • - Tilt steering column
  • Rally wheels 

  • And more...

It is also possible to lower the car for an even better stance. But if you love the cars original condition, we advise leaving as is. Please ask our sales for more info. 

But if you like additional information ahead then please contact our sales! If there are details on the car you want to change or add some personal details, we can assist you with that no problem!

- The car comes with US title and EU import taxes paid and included

- All our cars are sold with complete service and inspection prior to delivery.

- On request, we can transport the car door to door worldwide!

- On request we can also sell the car with Dutch plates or assist with TUV (H) 

For export outside EU or business to business price please contact our sales!.  .


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And keep in mind that, the car you're looking at here today, was also looked at by others yesterday. And we can only sell it once!

Price in euros
€ 87500.-

Price includes all cost

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