A monstrous 454 powers this Chevy muscle car.


When it comes to the Chevelle, the LS6 is the Holy Grail of muscle cars. However less the 5,000 were made and today they are very hard, if not impossible, to find. The next best thing is the LS5. It matched the LS6 in displacement, though it was only rated at 360-horsepower, and it featured the coveted M22 Rockcrusher transmission. 1971 brought some big changes for the model in the form of a new front and rear end styling and the LS6 engine was dropped from the options list. This made the LS5 the new king of the road.

As part of the Lakeland Winter Collector Car Auction, Carlisle Auctions is offering enthusiasts the chance to bid on what is believed to be a true LS5 1971 Chevrolet Chevelle SS Coupe. While the 454 under the hood is not the original engine the M22 Rockcrusher transmission is numbers matching and the car still has its original 12 bolt posi rearend.

The red oxide floors hint towards this car being built at the Arlington plant while the Antique Green exterior finish shows off a classic style. An original looking Orca upholstery adds to that classic look while a cold factory air conditioning, power steering and power front disc brakes make this car a true drivers car. According to the ad this Chevelle runs and drives good and has a good exhaust note thanks to a 3-inch dual exhaust.

This Chevelle and more will be available as part of the Lakeland Winter Collector Car Auction, February 19-20 at the SUN ‘n FUN Expo Campus in Lakeland, Florida (10:30 a.m. start time daily). With 400+ lots expected, the automotive history available is diverse and unique. Nearly 100 years of history will cross the block, including everything from pre-war classics to iconic muscle. There’s even an all-truck hour planned for February 19 at approximately 1:30 p.m. Best of all, while some consignments will truly be white glove collectors, many others are head turners that can still be driven and showcased for all to see. Finally, there are THREE great ways to bid and buy; in person, on the phone and ALL NEW, online! Visit CarlisleAuctions.com to review a gallery of some of the confirmed consignments to date, register to bid, consign to sell and more.

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