24. Chevrolet Chevelle “Heavy Chevy”
In 1971, dark clouds were on the horizon for muscle car enthusiasts since government regulations, high insurance rates, and environmental standards began attacking the segment. Most car manufacturers understood they had to act fast to save the market. So the first thing they did was to introduce economy versions of their popular muscle cars with smaller engines. However, they gave them interesting designs to enhance their appearance and popularity.
And one of those models is the 1971 Chevelle “Heavy Chevy.” It was an interesting one-year-only muscle car they positioned below the Chevelle SS lineup. They equipped the Heavy Chevy with a 200 HP 307 CID V8 engine, but you could opt for the 245 HP 350 CID V8 engine. But the most powerful version was the 300 HP 402 CID V8.
However, if you wanted the top-of-the-line 454 big-block V8, you had to go the SS route. The Heavy Chevy was a popular model with Chevy building over 6,500 in one year. But since it is largely forgotten today, it’s hard to find for sale.