visited the GM Fairfax Assembly Plant, where they build the current Chevrolet Malibu. So it seemed only appropriate that I explored the history of that nameplate this weekend when I checked out the 10th-Annual Aces Mid-America Chevelle/El Camino Show at the Great Mall of the Great Planes in Olathe.
And speaking of horsepower, by 1965 Chevrolet's storied 396-c.i. big block became a choice, and by 1970, a 454 was added to the line. I bring these engines up specifically, because I'd say at least 90-percent of the '66-'72 Chevelles at this particular show were so equipped.
They're not, though. Condition, options, and colors can all really set these cars apart. And there were some of the best combinations of all three at this show.
Marina Blue is one of the most perfect blue hues ever conceived, and there were a few of them at the Great Mall. I really liked a blue-over-blue '66 drop-top with a 396, air, full-wheel covers, and red-lines.
My first car was a '74 Buick Century, so I have a real soft spot for the fastback greenhouse Colonnade coupes. There were two from that era, with the nicest one being a pewter-colored '75 with the Laguna teardrop nose, a four-on-the-floor, and what appeared to be the spoiler from a late-'70s Pontiac Grand Am. I'm sure I was in the minority, but I enjoyed looking at that about as much as anything there.
I'm including a slideshow of more than 230 pictures from this year's Mid-America Chevelle/El Camino Show. Pay attention to the details, because there were some really standouts at this event. All of these cars were not created equal, but you should be able to see that the best ones are really spectacular.