You never see a 1970 Chevelle SS LS6 Convertible for sale in the collector car market. One reason is that only 26 real LS6 convertibles are thought to still survive today. When one of them shows up for sale at a public auction it is big news for Chevy muscle car enthusiasts. After all, the 1970 LS6 convertible can legitimately be considered Chevrolet’s muscle important offering of the muscle car era.
This week we discovered that a real 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS LS6 Convertible will be sold at the upcoming Raleigh Classic Collector Car Auction in Raleigh, North Carolina, December 8-9, 2017. (Follow this link to read the auction profile of this beautiful LS6 convertible.) Often, top quality muscle cars like this one are not available for the public to see or buy. They get passed between big collections where they never see the light of day. According to the Hagerty Insurance Value Tool, an LS6 convertible in No. 3 (driver quality) condition would be valued up to $170,000. An LS6 convertible in No. 2 (show quality) condition would be valued up to $235,000. This car is reported to have been restored. We are waiting for the Raleigh Classic to appraise it. They will be posting their estimated value in coming weeks.
With a recent full restoration taken to the bare frame, this 1970 Chevelle SS LS6 Convertible has been rebuilt to Chevrolet specifications documented with the build sheet with all correct factory markings. In addition to the astounding LS6 option, this iconic 1970 Chevelle “SS” convertible features the M22 “Rock Crusher” 4 speed transmission, bucket seats with console, cowl induction hood, tilt steering wheel and AM/FM radio.
The engine on this rare LS6 SS is said to ba a correct date coded 454 ci V8 monster big block rated at 450 horsepower. The incredible rumble created by this engine is unmistakable. The resonance of the dual exhaust reminds you of the days when the muscle car wars were played out on drag strips all over the U.S. and Canada.
According to a post by “BlueSS454” on the Chevelles.com forum, “4,475 1970 LS6 cars were produced. That figure includes convertibles and El Caminos. There is an estimated number … but no solid numbers. Most LS6 equppied cars will have post December build dates as the LS6 RPO was announced on January 1st, 1970 to replace RPO L78, the 396/375 horsepower big block motor. There are a few pre-January LS6 cars around, but not many.” GM did not keep records on what options went into a particular body style, be it the LS6 or any other option.
There are many stories about how many LS6 convertibles were produced. For many years you would here that only 17 were actually ever built. However, another number has somehow been brought up; some think there were 26 LS6 convertibles. Dan Carr, a Chevelle entusiast, says he can’t buy into these low numbers for LS6 convertibles. His evidence is that there were three LS6 convertibles running around in his little hometown at that time. He figures that would mean there must have been a larger distribution nationally then those low numbers would suggest. According to a poster which Carr put together he estimates there should have been more like 95 such LS6 convertibles produced. The fact that NHRA may have had a homologation requirement in 1970 would support Carr’s theories. To do your own research on these numbers, click this link to the Chevelles.com Forum.
Carr has also said that he believes only 26 of the LS6 convertibles actually exist today.
During the 23 years that Cars-On-Line.com has been in business, Cars On Line has featured six 1970 Chevelle LS6 Convertibles for sale.
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