In recent years, my automotive taste has begun to take the road less travelled. I’ve also developed an interest in straight six cylinder engines, AMC’s, Late 50’s / Early 60’s Chrysler sedans, 60’s vans (my kids think “Ew – don’t be a creepy van guy, Dad”, but they don’t get it) and 4 doors.
Much of these are vehicles that I wouldn’t have looked at 20 years ago. I also still retain some mainstream interests. I love the ’64 to ’72 GM A-bodies. In fact, I’ve owned 4 of them.
Here is a car that really peaks my interests, a ’65 Chevelle 300 – 4 door with a 4 speed and a bench seat! I recently found this 4-door Chevelle featured in Super Chevy magazine so I thought I’d share it with you. The link is at the end of this post.
As some of you may know, one of my daily drivers is a ’65 4 door Bel Air also with a bench seat and a 4-speed. In fact, I converted it to a 4 speed and I have no intention of switching to bucket seats.
The only thing that could make this 4-door Chevelle (featured in Super Chevy) better for me is if it had a large (perhaps a 292?), slightly worked straight six in it.
Why do I like the More-Doors? Mostly because they are different. I also like the practicality. I’ve always been a function over form kind of guy. Much to my wife’s chagrin, it’s more important to me the way something works than the way it looks. Another perk of 4-doors is that it’s nice not to have to lean forward or step out of the car to let a passenger in or out of the back seat.
There is no doubt that a 2 door car has a great look to it. I think this is especially true for cars with curves. 4-door curvy cars just don’t look as right. For this reason, I think the 4-door A-bodies made between ’64 & ’67 look a little better then the later ones. However, it doesn’t matter much because once you’re behind the wheel, you can’t tell how many doors you have. The other nice thing about 4-doors is they’re cheaper than 2 doors. That matters, especially if you like to own more than one car. So if you like to have old cars and drive them, a 4-door is a good way to go.
So click the link below, check out the article on this bad ass little street fighter of a 4-door Chevelle and open your minds to more open doors. It may just bring more options to your next car search.