CC Outtake: 1971 Chevy Chevelle – ZL2 Cowl Induction

We had an evacuation event at work yesterday (which turned out to be a false alarm). While we were milling around in the parking lot I spotted this Chevelle SS, which very much reminded me of the cars of my high school days. Cragar rims with huge rubber on the rear was a staple for “making your car go look faster.”

Some quick Googling told me that the hood pins and cowl induction on this car were part of the factory ZL2 package. The dual parking/side marker lamps identify it a 1971 model.

The squirreliest engine option for this generation Chevelle was a 450-hp, 454 cu in (7.4-liter) high performance big-block capable of sub-six second 0-60 times. The absence of “454” below the SS fender badge possibly indicates a 396 cu in (6.5-liter) engine. Maybe not, though, as the SS trim option had become a largely decorative package that could be had with almost any 1971-1972 Chevelle engine/transmission combination.

Regardless of what’s under the hood, with a little faded patina on the paint this car would have looked right at home in the parking lot of Chapman High School, back in 1979…