1966 Chevrolet Chevelle User Reviews

1966 Chevrolet Chevelle Review Ratings

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  • Performance:4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars 4.4 / 5
  • Appearance:4.7 out of 5 stars4.7 out of 5 stars4.7 out of 5 stars4.7 out of 5 stars4.7 out of 5 stars 4.7 / 5
  • Build Quality:5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars 5 / 5
  • Overall: 4.7 out of 5 stars4.7 out of 5 stars4.7 out of 5 stars4.7 out of 5 stars4.7 out of 5 stars 4.7 / 5

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Mercjerry writes:
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4

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Classic good looks, bulletproof engine and transmission

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Rust around the trunk, rear fenders, and hood

Mercjerry
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A Classic I Should Have Kept — My 1966 Chevrolet Chevelle was a 300 Deluxe 4-door sedan with a 230 CID inline Six and 2-speed Powerglide automatic transmission. It was an export model assembled in the GM Continental plant in Antwerp, Belgium, in March of 1966 and had been used as a taxicab in that country. The fact that it was in good working order when I bought it 17 years later speaks volumes of the Chevelle's rugged construction and accompanying reliability. Mechanically, the intermediate Chevy was a tough as they come. The Six was not exactly a powerhouse with its modest 140 SAE gross horsepower (120 net hp), but it never ever let me down. Other than a new oil pan gasket, new valve cover gaskets and a new starter, the 230 never needed any more attention than regular maintenance. The Powerglide trans was even better and never caused a single problem. With its two forward speeds, it certainly did not possess great flexibility, but who cares when you're not going anywhere fast, anyway? Performance was what one would expect: 0-60 mph in approx. 16 seconds, top speed around 92 mph if you really pushed the Chevelle. At highway speeds of 60-65 mph, the 300 Deluxe would travel smoothly and quietly all day long and without fuel bills eating you alive. Being a taxicab originally, the Chevelle featured a number of heavy-duty items, particularly shocks and springs, upholstery, carpets and the like, all of which held up quite well. Thanks to the heavy-duty suspension and the light Six, the Chevelle handled nicely, even though power slides were out of the question - no power. By the way, the car had no power steering, either, so a lot of twirling of the steering wheel was required when parking. Other goodies NOT on the car: power windows, power seats, power door locks, cruise control, tilt/telescope steering wheel, and air conditioning. It did have power brakes, though, which made the front and rear drums rather sensitive when cold. All in all, I had the car for seven years and I regret ever having sold it to the present day, especially since 1966 Chevelles are hot collector's items these days, even modest four-door sedans like my 300 Deluxe. If you've got one like it, keep it - and don't mess with it trying to "improve" it with an engine swap, custom wheels/tires and the like. Enjoy it the way it came from the factory; anything else is a sacrilege.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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James writes:
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Fast as hell, probably one of the top 10 in oceanside? Deadly good looks, you cant beat the classics. Enough room to sleep in, or do what ever you want in ;)

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Gas guzzler

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One Of A Kind Muscle Car From The 60's — My father and I bought the car in September of 2007 as a restoration project. We started work winter of '07 and still haven't finished and its summer 2008 now... When we are done it will be a one of a kind chevelle and the only '66 in Oceanside:)

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Cory writes:
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I like the body lines and the history.

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this cars just eats money out of my check.

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Awsome Car To Own — this car is for a car crazy person you spend lots of money on it to enjoy it not to sell it. the car has plenty of power and will pass any tuner/ricer on the street. Handling will be its next upgrade.

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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Eddie writes:
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good hot rod

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none its probably been crushed years ago

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Wish I Had It Back — wasnt fast on take off but ran 145mph handled like a rocket sled on rails 66 ss396 rag top 4spd positrack heater am radio power steering 17 miles per gallon ran good wore out engine was pumping oil made big mistake an traded for a vw 3 days later blew up engine

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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James writes:
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FAST

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not street legal

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Drag Car — extremly AWESOME. looks great. we built the entire car ourselves. we only paid $600 for this car back in 1985 when my dad bought it but, now that it is completly rebuitl it is worth more than any car i have seen

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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Rick writes:
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True american muscle

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poor cornering but wasnt made to do that anyway..lol

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66 Ss 396 — i love my 66 gets tons of head nods of approval..hard to cruise because people stop me every where i go...i love it. I have a few more things to fix on it but a nice daily cruiser, and the 4 speed is an absolute blast to drive. For a 66 it handles ok wish it had air ride technology suspension under it thou.

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Ed writes:
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It was a real car from a time when Detroit made REAL cars.

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It didn't handle like a sportscar (duh).

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This Was My 1st Car. — Sweet car. Bought it from a junkyards garage in 1979. SS Convertible w/327.

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Jade writes:
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Nice and fast

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Kinda getting a bit of rust and the chromes coming off

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Beautiful '66 Chevelle — This 1966 Chevelle has been in my family for 17 years. I helped build since I was 6 months old. It has nos and isnt street legal anymore. It also has drag wheels and is part of the NHRA. It does 10 seconds on the 1/4 mile and has a small block engine.

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Arin writes:
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Style and 396 V8 engine.

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Drum brakes which I intend to convert to discs.

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This Is My Baby! — Just so it's known, this isn't my actual car because I don't have a picture of it. This is the closest example I could find. As soon as i find a picture i will put it up instead. This is my favorite car of all time. I love the looks and color of my car. It was originally my dad's and he had it for 20 years before me. They are just a great example of the classis '60's American Muscle Car. It has a 396 V8 engine which needless to say hauls ass.

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Shaun writes:
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Scary fast!

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Needs interior work and mybe a suspension upgrade.

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True Muscle Car. Built On A Budget. — All balls and no brains. Minor corrotion on outter chrome. Good Paint. Bucket seats in front, full in back. Original dash has a crack or two. Not matching numbers... motor is from a 66 wagon. 402 bored .005.... a bit over 400 hp. Disk in front, drum in the back. Airbag suspension in the back. Balls to the walls. Not for the weak of heart.

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