Muscle cars are loud, juvenile, socially irresponsible and, sooner or later, harmful to your health. Like binge drinking and death metal, they’re an obsession generally meant for the young, before things like raising a family and not frightening the neighbors become meaningful.
Or are they? In pro-touring guise, it’s relatively easy to make the argument that muscle cars are no less respectable (and no less capable) than sports cars. If they can reach parity here, why not with luxury or grand touring cars, too?
Enter Mark Bachman’s 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle, the latest ride to be featured on Big Muscle. With a stroked LS2 V-8 cranking out 580 horsepower and 530 pound-feet of torque, it sure qualifies as a muscle car. Thanks to its Global West suspension and Wilwood brakes, you could probably make a case to call it a pro-tourer, too.
Climb inside the cabin, however, and you quickly realize what Bachman had in mind when the car was built. Sure, it’s more than capable of lighting the rear tires and smoking lesser cars in the quarter-mile, but it’s also capable of long-distance touring in comfort, too.
In fact, Big Muscle host Mike Musto calls the Chevelle’s interior one of the nicest he’s ever seen, period. Premium leather is used for the upholstery, interior trim and even the headliner, and the plush carpets are Wilton wool. The ignition, as well as switches for functions like traction control, are hidden in the center console, and the cabin is cooled by a modern air conditioning system.
We can’t even begin to speculate how much money Bachman has sunk into his car, but we’re fairly certain it would have been more than enough for a clean, late model Rolls-Royce. While a Roller would certainly portray more prestige, it wouldn’t have nearly the personality of Bachman’s Chevelle.
Besides, there’s zero chance of a Rolls-Royce putting the neighbors on edge. A 580 horsepower 1970 Chevelle, on the other hand, is going to raise a few eyebrows, and sometimes that’s a good thing.