About Chevrolet Classic
The Chevrolet Classic was sold from 1964 to 1983 and from 1997. The Chevrolet Classic was originally part of the Chevrolet Chevelle model line. Initially, it was an RWD mid-size model, but in February 1997, GM reintroduced it as an FWD. The 1965 and other 1965 models received new modified grilles and exhaust pipes, and the exhaust tips were replaced. But the body and styling of the 1964 model were retained. The Chevrolet Classic and Chevrolet Classic SS continued to be produced, but the SS had a black-painted grille and special fenders. Also new for 1966 was the four-door Chevrolet Classic Sport Sedan with a hardtop. All 1966 Chevelle received styling changes, including a more rounded design reminiscent of larger Chevrolet, and the two-door hardtop coupes received plywood rear windows and a tunnel.
For 1967, the same body design was retained. But similar changes were made to other Chevelle vehicles, including a new grille and a redesigned rear end with laterally curved taillights. New front disc brakes and an 8-speed cassette were also available. In 1968, the Chevrolet Classic and all other Chevelle were completely converted to two-door turbocharged utilities. The interior featured a new instrument panel with round instruments in square cabinets. It was similar to those installed in the Camaro the following year. The Concours wagon was again offered with wood trim and the same interior and exterior finish as the sedan. A new hood and tailgate distinguished the 1969 Classic from other Chevy. The dashboard was redesigned. And front seat headrests became standard equipment to meet government safety regulations.
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In 1970, the Malibu, the SS-396, and the new SS-454 were the only Chevelle models offered. Production of the 300 and 300 Deluxe was discontinued in the United States. For 1971, the Classic and all other Chevelle received a new grille with single headlights instead of the previous year's dual headlights and bumpers with four round taillights. They were similar to the Camaro and Corvette. That same year, all engines were switched to low-octane unleaded gasoline in accordance with GM group policy. It was the first step toward the introduction of vehicles with catalytic converters for unleaded gasoline.
The Chevelle was redesigned for the 1973 model year. The model lineup included the base Deluxe model, the mid-range Classic and Classic SS models, and the Laguna. In 1974, the Deluxe was discontinued, and it became the base Chevelle. The Laguna package was replaced by the package with four rectangular headlamps and arrived in dealerships for the 1976 model year. In 1978, the Chevelle was replaced by the modern Malibu. It was Chevrolet's second best-selling car after the 1977 Chevrolet Caprice. The Landau series was painted in two colors, top and bottom, and had a vinyl roof. The front and rear body panels were the same as the small V8. The 231 engine was a Buick product and had front-wheel drive.