Pontiac may have been given credit for developing the first muscle car with the GTO in 1964, but Chevrolet has always been performance oriented. With a few exceptions, GM's largest division has produced a wide variety of high performance options since the Corvette in 1955. Depending on the time period, those offerings may be relative, as the 1980s and 1990s are pretty devoid of muscle. However, Chevrolet has always produced its fair share of performance cars.
Since its debut in 1967, the Camaro is perhaps the best known muscle car produced by Chevrolet. Part of the reason is due to it's current popularity, since being re-introduced in 2010. However, Chevrolet has produced a number of muscle cars over the years that are ferocious performers, that are not as well known, but can give the Camaro all it can handle on the street or track.
What follows are the sickest muscle cars from Chevrolet that aren't Camaros.
15. 1970 Chevelle 454 LS6
The year 1970 was arguably the high point of the GM muscle car era as they reduced the restriction on putting engines over 400 cubic inches in their mid-size models. One result is the Chevelle 454 LS6 option. This high performance option was advertised as producing 450 horsepower, but was actually closer to 500 when tested.
14. 1966 Biscayne 427
The Biscayne was the low end model among Chevrolet's full-size automobile offerings, and most were equipped with a V6 engine. However, one option available in 1966 was a 427 cubic inch V8 producing 425 horsepower. From the exterior, it was hard to tell it apart from another Biscayne, until it went full throttle.
13. 1968 Nova SS 396
The Nova SS was Chevrolet's smallest muscle car and had a number of performance options available starting in 1965. In fact, the understated Nova SS was a challenge for even the Pontiac GTO or Ford Mustang. By 1968, a 396 cubic inch engine was offered, producing 375 horsepower. This was serious muscle for a car this size.
12. 1970 El Camino 454 LS6
By 1970, Chevrolet was offering high performance options in pretty much all their offerings. No option was more prized than the LS6 variant of the 454 cubic inch engine. Very few El Caminos were purchased with the option, however, it is a ferocious street performer. Even with sub par tires, it has quarter mile times in the upper 13 second range.
11. 1965 Malibu SS 327
By 1965, the muscle car wars were in full swing and Chevrolet started putting large engines in many mid-size models. This included the Malibu, which made its debut in 1964. The high performance engine that year had 300 horsepower. By 1965, however, the Malibu had a 327 cubic inch engine capable of producing 350 horsepower.
10. 1964 Impala SS 409
The Impala was Chevrolet's mid-grade large automobile offering and had plenty of high performance options. Perhaps none is as well known as the 409 cubic inch engine made famous in the Beach Boys song. It produced 425 horsepower and is yet another example of understated Chevrolet full-size muscle available at the time.
9. 1966 Chevy II 327
In 1966, Chevrolet yet again expanded high performance options to a number of models, to include the Chevy II. The top performance option available was the new Turbo-Fire 327 cubic inch engine producing 350 horsepower, paired with a close ratio four-speed manual transmission. This turned a pretty average looking car into a ferocious street performer.
8. 1970 Monte Carlo SS 454
The top performance option for the 1970 Malibu was the SS 454 cubic inch engine producing 360 horsepower. The SS package also included a heavy duty suspension, wider tires, and "454" badging. A modified rear-axel ratio was also available. The Malibu was slightly heavier than a similarly equipped Chevelle, but was a true performer.
7. 1967 Corvette 427
The final year of the Corvette C2 generation, known as the Stingray, was 1967. The top performance option was the L88 variant of the 427 cubic inch engine. It was advertised as producing 430 horsepower, but many believe it was much more than that. Only 20 Corvettes were ordered with this option, and as a result, are highly desirable.
6. 1994 Impala SS 350
There were not a lot of muscle car options available in the 1990s, but the Impala SS was available for a few years. It had the same 5.7-liter V8 installed in the Corvette and Camaro, but was tuned for more torque. Other SS features included a performance suspension, heavy duty cooling system and reinforced shocks. A bit of a sleeper due to lack of external badging.
5. 1964 Bel Air 409
The Bel Air was similar to the Biscayne with the exception of a slightly different price and a chrome belt line. At first glance, it appears as another run of the mill full size Chevrolet, until you look under the hood. There are very few badges or other exterior features announcing that this is a muscle car with 409 cubic inches and 425 horsepower.
4. 2014 Chevrolet SS
The Chevrolet SS is another car who's performance should not be judged by its looks. Rather plain on the outside, it has the same 6.2 liter engine as the Corvette and Camaro. Producing 415 horsepower, it can go 0-60 in 4.6 seconds and has a 13 second quarter-mile time. It also had a manual transmission option. It was only available from 2014 - 2017.
3. 1966 Caprice 427
The Caprice was introduced in 1965 as Chevrolet's top of the line full size automobile offering. By 1966, a 289 cubic inch V8 was standard, however, there was a Regular Production Option L72 variant of the 427 cubic inch engine available, producing 425 horsepower. The option also included a specialized camshaft, carburetor, and 11 to 1 compression.
2. 1968 Impala SS 427
In 1967, over 76,000 Impala SS were sold, however, less than 2,000 had the Z24 performance option. This option included a 427 cubic inch engine, heavy duty suspension and other performance features. Unlike previous high performance Impalas, the 1967 SS screams muscle; with prominent SS and 427 badging and no Impala insignia.
1. 1983 Monte Carlo SS
In 1983, the Monte Carlo SS was reintroduced after a twelve year absence. There were not a lot of muscle car options in the 1980s, but the Monte Carlo turned out to be a big seller, with over 24,000 SS versions sold. Exterior features included a front fascia, rear spoiler and European body color coding. SS badging is also prominent.