1970 Chevrolet Chevelle Greenbrier Wagon
“Babe (The Blue Ox)”
1969 Ford Torino GT
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About “Babe (The Blue Ox)”
(DISCLAIMER: I no longer own this car. We sold it to my wife's brother when he needed a large car for his photography business when his van died. We had three cars and only two drivers, and I wasn't really doing anything with the car at the time. I wish I had it back - It really could have been a great car if I'd been able to accomplish everything I wanted to with it. Also, all of the pictures shown with the car or in it's album were sourced from the internet and are NOT the actual car!)
My wife Rose (MAXXINE) enjoys long road trips as much as I do. Thing is, she DOES NOT like driving long distances, leaving the driving to me. Her sister fell into a deal for Lasik surgery back in 2000: $500 per eye if the patient qualified. The local eye surgeon was closer to $5,000 at the time. Rose's eyes were so bad that she had difficulty seeing the eye chart at all, let alone what letters were printed on it, without glasses. We jumped at the deal. The thing was that we live just outside Philadelphia and the surgeon who was to do the surgery was way out on Long Island - well over a hundred miles of the toughest traffic in North America. We had to make the trip several times - Pre screening, the surgery itself, post-op checkup, a 30-day checkup, and a 6-month checkup.
A short time later, she came to me with a local used-car magazine to show me a car that she thought I might like to look at. She knew my fondness for older station wagons, especially Chevelles (I had often talked about my '73 Laguna), and had come across a 1970 Chevy Greenbrier for sale at a lot down in Philly. She suggested we take a drive down there just to look at it, since even ten years ago those cars were getting to be pretty uncommon. Of course I agreed: Any excuse to go look at an interesting old car is good enough for me! When we arrived, the lot's owner and sole salesman (it was a SMALL lot) got the keys, locked up the office, and we went for a drive. I was fairly impressed with the car overall, but I thought the performance left something to be desired. It was clean and solid, though. Rose asked me if I liked it. Then came the big surprise: When I said that I did, she told me to buy it! It was her way of saying thanks for being her chauffeur for all the trips back and forth to New York.
This is a car my dad picked up from a friend. It sat in his back yard for 10 years and he was tired of looking at it and not being able to do anything with it. So he picked it up of him for $900
Specs for “Babe (The Blue Ox)”
Being a Greenbrier, this was a relatively low-line car. There were four trim levels of Chevelle wagon in 1970 (from the bottom up): Nomad; Greenbrier; Concours; and Concours Estate. Greenbrier was roughly equivalent to the Chevelle 300 Deluxe, which had been discontinued in the regular coupe and sedan lines after 1969. The car was fairly basic, but at least the rubber "carpet" was color-keyed to the rest of the interior instead of being black like it was in the Nomad.
Basic mechanical specs:
307c.i.d. V-8 Engine (200h.p.)
2-speed Powerglide Automatic Transmission
0-60: 16 seconds
1/4 mile: ?
Specs for “torofast”
factory 351 Windsor
Factory Options for “Babe (The Blue Ox)”
307 c.i.d. V-8 Engine
Powerglide Automatic Transmission
3rd Row Seat (Includes Power Tailgate Window)
AM Pushbutton Single Speaker Radio
Factory Options for “torofast”
No factory options listed.
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