The 1968 Chevrolet Chevelle came out at a time where the government was still finessing a road car’s safety regulations. Things like seatbelts had become mandatory only a year previously. There were no airbags and the steering column was designed to collapse on impact so it wouldn’t go through your chest cavity in a crash. Some cars didn’t have turn signals or back up lights. The American muscle cars strapped huge engines into straight-line missiles that were so powerful, they would twist the car under extreme acceleration.
I’m not kidding about that last part. The torque of this Chevelle is so great that it twists the suspension and frame under heavy acceleration, and you can actually see the body of the car tilting to the right. It’s utter madness.
Mr. Regular is a fan of the Audi R8, but he calls it “controllable madness.” Muscle cars capitivate him because there is always an element of terror when you ride in one. See what else he uncovers about the Chevelle during this ride-along.