Chevy SS: The Super Sport Story

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On the 1957 auto show circuit, Chevrolet unveiled a show car based on its Corvette and dubbed it the “Super Sport.” The performance car world took one look and never looked back. A combination of styling and performance upgrades, the SS package could turn something as mundane as a six-cylinder Malibu into the fire-breathing Chevelle SS396. This book traces the long line of legendary SS models, from Chevy’s Super Sport version of its popular Impala, which marked the dawn of the muscle car era, to today’s Impala ...
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Overview


On the 1957 auto show circuit, Chevrolet unveiled a show car based on its Corvette and dubbed it the “Super Sport.” The performance car world took one look and never looked back. A combination of styling and performance upgrades, the SS package could turn something as mundane as a six-cylinder Malibu into the fire-breathing Chevelle SS396. This book traces the long line of legendary SS models, from Chevy’s Super Sport version of its popular Impala, which marked the dawn of the muscle car era, to today’s Impala SS. Featuring the work of acclaimed photo ace David Newhardt, Chevy SS: The Super Sport Story provides a close-up, detailed, full-color look at such classic muscle cars as the Chevelle, the El Camino, the Malibu, and the Monte Carlo as well as today's hot Camaro SS. The book is a fittingly elegant celebration of the cars that redefined “high performance” and defined an era.
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Editorial Reviews

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Car Collector Magazine, December 2007

“A great deal of attention is paid the Camaro SS, which played a significant role in the Chevy Pony Car’s immediate popularity and showroom sales battle with the Mustang. In fact, only the Impala SS and Chevelle SS have more pages dedicated to them than the Camaro. In six chapters the author manages to get as much history and detail, touching on the finer points of engines, options, and features, as you can pack into 128 pages, plus an impressive 122 images. For Chevy fans, if you don’t already have the hard cover edition, you can pick this new soft cover copy up for a song.”

MidwestBookReview.com, May 2007
Chevy SS is highly recommended and [a] core addition to personal, academic or community libraries, American Automotive History reference collections, and reading lists.”

Octane, June 2007


“As big and blocky as the cars it celebrates, this 350-page hardback is dominated by David Newhardt’s fine color photography.”

“If, however, you are looking for a true gem to add to your automotive library, this diamond is a real bargain.” – Jim Hinckley, Cars and Parts

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780760342978
  • Publisher: Motorbooks
  • Publication date: 6/19/2012
  • Edition description: First, reissue of Hardcover
  • Pages: 348
  • Sales rank: 348,164
  • Product dimensions: 8.22 (w) x 10.32 (h) x 1.03 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert Genat is an accomplished author and photographer who has written 25 books for MBI Publishing. A self-proclaimed “gearhead,” Robert has restored two classic cars in the last 10 years (one of which was featured in a nationally syndicated television show), and has recently completed a chopped ’32 five-window coupe. He and his wife Robin own and operate ZoneFive Photo. Genat lives in Encinitas, California.

David Newhardt is one of the best automobile photographers working today and has provided photography for best-selling Motorbooks titles Muscle: America’s Legendary Performance Cars, Corvette: Fifty Years, Mustang: Forty Years, Mopar Muscle: Fifty Years, and Shelby Mustang: Racer for the Street. He lives in Walworth, Wisconsin.

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Table of Contents

Table of contentsIntroductionChapter 1: Genesis of Super SportChapter 2: Impala SSChapter 3: Chevy’s Smallest SS Models—Nova and CobaltChapter 4: Chevelle and Malibu SSChapter 5: Camaro SSChapter 6: SS El Caminos and SS Pickup TrucksChapter 7: Monte Carlo SS
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