Can My VIN Tell Me If I Have a Real Super Sport?
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Thus, for these years, the only sure fire way to prove that your Chevelle is indeed a Super Sport is with documentation such as the original window sticker, build sheet, or protect-o-plate with the VIN matching your Chevelle printed on the document from the factory.
There are a few exceptions to the rule where having documentation may not be necessary. For the 1969 model year, there were two paint colors exclusive to the Super Sport; Monaco Orange (code 72) and Daytona Yellow (code 76). If the cowl tag includes either of these paint codes, it is certain to be a real Super Sport.
For the 1969 and 1970 model years there is an additional way to prove your Chevelle is an SS. All Chevelle Super Sports for these two years came only with big-block engines. To be a Super Sport, first off, your Chevelle would have to be equipped with a big block. Second, the last six digits of the VIN matching this Chevelle would be stamped on the pad in front of the head on the passenger side of the block (it could also be stamped near the oil filter). The problem with this method of identification is the fact that if the VIN stamped on the block does not match the vehicle VIN, it doesn't prove it is not an SS, it just proves it is not the original motor. So the best proof is documentation. Without documentation or the original big-block motor, it is all but impossible to prove or disprove it's SS pedigree.
In 1972, the fifth character of the vehicle identification number denotes the engine size. The alpha code “W” refers to a 454 engine. Since the 454 was only available as part of the SS package, any Chevelle or El Camino with a “W” as the fifth character in the VIN is a genuine SS 454
The third edition of Chevelle SS 1964-1972, A Muscle Car Source Book can be ordered from JC Publishing, PO Box 796, Watertown, MN 55388, phone: (612) 770-1542, or at www.chevellfan.com. The price is $24.95 plus $3.95 for shipping and handling.
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Chevelle SS 1964-1972, A Muscle Car Source Book