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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Chevelle Bonanza! The variations of the Hot Wheels 1970 ChevyChevelle



Yikes!  That's a lot of Chevelle's!  Yup, and as you can see I like collecting the 1970 Chevelle's, though I will point out not every variation and I don't like every model (the race car is my least favorite), but you cannot deny that in the past 16 years the 1970 Chevelle has grown like a wildfire in variations.  Let's take a closer look at them.



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The biggest block you can get at Chevy!

The biggest news for the restyled 1970 Chevelle was the long-awaited release of the 454 cid LS6 Big-Block V8 that produces 360 hp. through a 4-speed manual.  It was powerful, finally breaking the 400 cid limit that GM held on the Chevy division for a few years, but sadly it was a brief run as increasing emission regulations was putting a chokehold on future muscle cars, so the 454 would bow out after 1972.  Other enhancements included new front-end with round headlights, now part of the body, flanked by a smaller grille and round signal lights in the bumper a new cowl hood with vacuum-operated scoop to feed air into the engine, sculptured arches above the wheelwells, and a revised rear with taillights, now corvette-inspired, molded into the rear bumper.  The dashboard takes some cues from the new Monte Carlo with a more driver-oriented design with gauges and central controls.  In addition to the Chevelle coupe and convertibles, the lower-end Chevelle Malibu line also produced station wagons as well.



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The Coupe and Convertible

In 1999 the coupe was first released in blue with white stripes.  It has a detailed body that sits tall, with a higher rear end showing off that rear differential quite nicely.  The details on the base are very sharp and show all the drivetrain components right down to the dual-tip exhaust, oh and it was metal at first!  The interior shows the four-seat arrangement with the dash layout, but the wheel is small, the dash lacks further detailing, and the shifter looks kinda awkward.  A gold version also appeared as the hard-to-find version; the gold you see here is the 2000 version with the one giveaway: plastic chrome base.  In 2006, the red car with silver stripes that have a cool flame outline was inspired by the TV show 'Overhaulin' where a 1970 Chevelle got the similar color and stripe treatment.  This was one popular casting that also includes a silver K-day version and a black with red stripes version.  Even more cool was a Muscle Cars 5-pack version around the same time featuring the dark gray with flat black hood and roof and blacked-out wheels.  It is one of the best cars from that 5-pack!  Flames continued with the 2008 version in the deadly flat black with red flames, then given away to an awe-struck metallic silver finish with black flames, gold flame outline, and a tan interior, giving it a more premium look.  How odd and cool at the same time!



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The Chevelle also goes into advertising with many names to mention, including the Chinese Dragon Taxi (not shown) to the Butterfinger version with appropriate yellow and gold trim, to the Root Beer version, Riehlman's root beer (the designer of the 1970 Chevelle casting) with brown and copper accents.  The Chevelle also has competed in the Hot Wheels racing league in 2012 with the blue and blacked-out rims, or the even better black Wal-mart recolor with chrome 5-spoke wheels and a red interior.  2010's yellow version (not shown) with the y-5 wheels and black base was less-appealing; the metallic red recolor with chrome y-5 wheels, black stripes, and detailed door handles and hood pins is a better substitute.  Finally, the 2012 version was the best starting with a gorgeous metallic blue with white hood stripes and side stripes, then suceeded by a orange and vintage green recolor's.



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Now to the convertible, the first variation to this casting that debuted in 2006's Hot Wheels Classic line.  Looks just like the coupe but with the roof cut off and the convertible boot in place.  Two classics are shown from the Antifreeze Green to the Metallic Blue, both with redline 5-spoke wheels, hood stripes with 'cowl hood' lettering, detailed head and taillights, and a metal base.  Not long does it appear in the mainline with the first version in 2007 in metallic orange with white interior and dual silver stripes with a flame outline.and yet still wearing redline tires.  Just like the coupe in 2010, the green convertible was ick, but the metallic red Wal-mart only release with FTE wheels was a better substitute.  Finally it becomes a Treasure Hunt in 2012, but only in a tacky orange with black and gold trim and redline tires that have some odd gap placement in the lines.



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The Wagon and Panel versions

One of the most coolest, and not really offered on the Chevelle SS, features is the station wagon.  I remember 'Hot Rod TV' showing off some 1971 Chevelle SS's done as a wagon and it was cool.  Hot Wheels found that out too as in 2009 they released the 1970 Chevelle SS in Wagon format, on a new platform.  This one is longer and lower than the coupe/convertible, yet still shares the same front-end styling of the coupe.  The rear has a wagon profile with raised fenders and a slightly-raised roof.  The rear shares the El Camino's taillights and the coupe's dual exhaust.  The interior is the same at the front, but the rear seat can now seat three people, while the large cargo area is filled with parts from a supercharged V8 motor.  The base shows off the same details as the coupe/convertible versions.  The first recolor, naturally, was the blue with white stripes, then followed by the yellow with black stripes.  In 2011 for the Garage series the Wagon finally earns its metal base, along with slick 5-spoke wheels on rubber tires with a redline.  The color doesn't hurt either as its a metallic reddish orange with dual black stripes.and side decals as well.  This was a pegwarmer when it first came out, now I guess most will regret not picking this one up.



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In 2012 it appears as a fire chief version (not shown) and also came as a Super Treasure Hunt as well.  In 2013 it got the treat of being a Mooneyes support vehicle, in yellow or flat black with yellow accents, with the side banners not only advertising the Mooneyes name and logo but the street address and services provided as well, and with the engine parts in the cargo area this was the perfect vehicle for the job.  Not convinced?  Check out the 2014 version with the Hurst logo in white with gold trim, gold 5-spoke wheels , and gold interior to pay holmage to the original Hurst Oldsmobile 442's of the late 1960's.  Finally during 2013 another addition to the Chevelle family was made in the form of the panel van.  Simply put it, if Hot Wheels needs more surface area they will take a wagon and convert it into a panel van, and the Chevelle SS Wagon was one of those vehicles chosen.  The major changes include the removal of the rear doors and the addition of covered side windows.  Inside the cargo area removes the rear seat and engine parts for a flat load floor with grooves.  So far the Three Musketeers version has been the only variant of this panel and it looks good in silver with the blue interior.



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The Chevelle for the racetrack

As if the Chevelle line looked complete, Hot Wheels managed to find another model to do, the Chevelle for the racetrack.  This one is its own platform with an even lower stance, flared fenders, front and rear spoilers, domed hood, side exhausts, and additional racing details like the rivets to the front, side, and rear windows to the hood clips at the front.  The base shows little of the details, but mostly some drivetrain components, side exhaust, and the driver's seat that is part of the interior.  Inside the dashboard and console is shaped from the chrome bumper tray and looks incredible.  The first version was done in the Gulf colors blue and orange with orange base, later the Edelbrock versions arrived in Toys-R-Us red (not shown) or black with slightly-revised graphics.  2014 showed a purple version (not shown) with a Super Treasure Hunt, but I think the 2015 version looks best in blue with the 5-spoke wheels classy Chevy racing graphics.  A ZAMAC and flat red version is also due in 2015.



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While I may not collect every model or variation, i'll still be on the lookout for the next best variations for the 1970 Chevelle over the next 15 years from now.







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