1970 Chevelle LS6 SS454 FBI
This 1970 Chevelle LS6 SS454 is one of 4475 LS6 Chevelles built for the 1970 model year. This particular 1970 Chevelle LS6 SS454 is unusual due to its paint and interior combination. Its black exterior paint is matched up with a rarely seen saddle interior. It was nicknamed the Black Mariah, which is slang for a Paddy Wagon, due to the original owner’s new position with the FBI.
Power is transmitted through an M22 4 speed Rock Crusher manual transmission and it is shifted with a non console floor shifter between its bucket seats. The air cleaner choice is unusual as it is a non cowl induction, non open filament air cleaner. It’s a dual snorkel air cleaner from the factory.
As this car sat on the original dealer’s lot, thieves stole the original Holley carb, air cleaner, and battery as it sat outside. The dealer moved this Chevelle LS6 into the showroom, but replaced the factory carb and air cleaner with non factory aftermarket items.
The original owner replaced those aftermarket items a few years into his ownership of this Chevelle LS6. He eventually installed a Corvette L71 Tripower setup with 3 Holley carbs, high performance headers and ignition, and he scrapped the air pump setup. Once this was done, there was a new appreciation of LS6 power!
Over the years, this 1970 Chevelle LS6 SS454 had only a few owners and individuals who actually drove this fantastic car during its lifetime. Recently, the current owner contacted a friend of mine, Rick Nelson who is the country’s top Chevelle LS6 expert. Rick restored this Chevelle LS6 SS454 at his shop, Musclecar Restoration and Design, over a two year period, and used as many NOS parts as possible during the process.
This finished product is absolutely beautiful and I photographed it in the LS6 Display at the 2015 MCACN Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals.