This 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 396 has forever been scrutinised for its credentials. A Cranberry Red Coupe that’s enjoyed various moments in the spotlight, the vehicle’s factory history has always been called in question – until now.
Documented by Pilot Car Registry, this is the only known surviving Pilot prototype Coupe as of 2018. Believed by PCR to be an engineering test car, the 1970 Chevelle was delivered to Ver Hoven Chevrolet after evaluation in Detroit and boasts documented ownership spanning nearly four decades.
The Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles opened its latest exhibit in the Charles Nearburg Family Gallery on Nov. 10. Entitled “Legends of Los Angeles: Southern California Race Cars and Their Builders,” the display features 12 Los Angeles-built race cars powered by engineering masterminds such as Ed “The Old Master” Pink and Fred Offenhauser and piloted by legends such as Don “The Snake” Prudhomme, Parnelli Jones, Bill Stroppe and Dan Gurney.
“Youngtimer” is the European term for vehicles that are too young to be classics, but which already have earned status as being coveted by collectors. More than 140 such vehicles from a single collection will be offered by RM Sotheby’s at four of its auctions in 2019, the auction house announced Dec. 4.
The news that GM is about to close three of its assembly plants and end production of six of its sedans has quite obviously shocked the motoring world. While it was not totally unexpected, the scale of the changes has caught many off guard, including President Trump. The decline of the sedan market that contributed to some of these changes is nothing new, but there are still a few sporty GM sedans that we will be sad to see go, and two of the most interesting ones haven’t even been released yet. Namely, the upcoming twin-turbo V8 powered CT6-V that GM announced earlier this year.
To mitigate any future restrictions on the use of classic cars, Aston Martin plans to future-proof such vehicles with what it terms “the world’s first reversible EV powertrain conversion.”
First to be equipped with the new “cassette” electric powertrain is a 1970 DB6 MkII Volante, the company said.