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The Chevrolet Chevelle muscle car is back in a weird way


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General Motors rebranded the Chevelle’s nameplate in 2013, suggesting a reboot of the classic Chevrolet muscle car was in the works.

Since then, it has resurrected several historic model names, including Hummer and Blazer, but you still couldn’t buy a new Chevelle. Until now.

The 70/SS is a custom Camaro inspired by the 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS.
(Mecum Auctions/Trans Am Worldwide 70/SS)

Not from Chevrolet, but from Trans Am Worldwide, the Tallahassee-based company that became famous for transforming the Chevrolet Camaro into a modern version of the 1970s Pontiac Firebird Trans Am, giving people the opportunity to get their fix of “Smoky and the Bandit” without having to drive a 40-year-old car. Customs over $100,000 have become so popular that Discovery even made a TV series about the company.

The Chevrolet Chevelle muscle car is back in a weird way

Trans Am Worldwide transforms modern Camaros into new Trans Am Firebirds.
(Fox News Autos)

Trans Am Worldwide also made a GTO-style car, but now it’s set its sights on the 1970 Chevelle SS with its latest offering the 70/SS.

The car begins life as a Camaro convertible, which Trans Am Worldwide owner Tod Warmack told Fox News Autos is an easier platform to update the bodywork to, which differs more significantly from that of the Camaro than the company’s Trans Ams.

The Chevrolet Chevelle muscle car is back in a weird way

Converting the Camaro to 70/SS involves a complete body modification.
(Trans Am Worldwide)

The car features reshaped fenders and a new front end with quad headlights, dual rectangular grilles and a redesigned version of the Chevelle’s chiseled front bumper.

The Chevrolet Chevelle muscle car is back in a weird way

The 70/SS features Chevelle’s signature square taillights.
(Trans Am Worldwide)

The rear has been lengthened and fitted with a new trunk lid and square taillights, while a removable hardtop is available for those who prefer the coupé style. The interior is mostly inherited from the Camaro, but features retro 1970s style upholstery and a lattice shifter.

The Chevrolet Chevelle muscle car is back in a weird way

The 70/SS is redesigned with 1970s style upholstery.
(Trans Am Worldwide)

Prices start at $150,000 and include a 450-hp 6.2-liter V8, but it can also be ordered with 900-hp and 1,500-hp supercharged engines that breathe through a pop-up cowl induction system.

The Chevrolet Chevelle muscle car is back in a weird way

A retractable hood induction system is another Chevelle callback.
(Trans Am Worldwide)

While Trans Am Worldwide owns the rights to the Trans Am name, it will not use Chevelle for its new car. It’s still possible Chevrolet will, but it’ll have to rebrand next year if it wants to keep it.

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Rumor has it that Chevrolet may even ditch the Camaro in favor of a new electric model that may have a new name, but hasn’t confirmed plans, let alone a name.

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