(first posted 3/29/2016) At the outdoor display area at last year’s Motorclassica show there were a few cars in a ‘park and sell’ area, including this 1975 Chevrolet Chevelle Laguna Type S-3, which, to say the least, is not a car that you often see in Australia.
Until the recent explosion in American classic car imports, I doubt there would have been too many 1970s US intermediate sized cars. While there were some US imports at the time, they were typically luxurious Cadillacs, Buicks, and Lincolns or the sporty Camaros and Firebirds.
The left-hand drive interior indicates that the car was imported after it was at least 30 years of age, otherwise it would have been required to be converted to right-hand drive.
Thus I had to do some research on this car, which was apparently the top of the line model for the intermediate Chevelle in 1975 and available only as a pillared hardtop. I gather there was a connection to NASCAR racing, certainly the former owner’s wife mentioned it.
The engine, either a 350 or 400 small block, has had a few modifications such as extractors and dual Edelbrock carbies – plus presumably a lot more.