And while this car certainly goes fast, it also stops quickly as well. The brakes were upgraded to include Baer four-piston calipers that grip big 14-inch cross-vented rotors up front and 13-inch rotors in the back. Dick has augmented the system with a Wilwood proportioning valve he can adjust with a cabin-mounted dial.

While the demeanor of this sizable sedan is decidedly tough, the ride is not. A jaunt through a very tight autocross course revealed a firm yet smooth ride, the type of thing you’d want for daily driving. Seated within a largely factory-correct cabin, Dick told us how he will reinstall the rear seat when he gets back home for the grandkids.

“That’s how I wanted this car to be … a quick yet reliable daily driver,” Dick says. “And with four doors, it’s especially easy.”

Dick Eytchison’s Crew Cab ’65 Chevelle looks like a buck’s down grocery-getter, and it is. It just gets the groceries really quick.

“…the four-door Chevelle was referred to as a ‘Sport Sedan,’ a concept guys like Dick took to stratospheric levels.”

By The Numbers

1965 Chevelle Sport Sedan

Dick Eytchison, 68, Cortez, CO


Type: ZZ383 small-block Chevy crate motor

Displacement: 383 ci

Block: factory, ’09 vintage

Bore & stroke: 4.0x3.80 inches

Compression ratio: 9.6:1

Rotating assembly: 4030 forged steel crank, PM steel connecting rods, hypereutectic pistons

Cylinder heads: aluminum Fast Burn 383, 2.00/1.56-inch valves, 62cc chambers

Camshaft: stock ZZ383, hydraulic roller .509/.528-inch lift, 222/230 degrees duration at .050

Valvetrain: hydraulic roller, overhead valve, two valves per cylinder, 1.5 ratio rockers

Induction: Edelbrock RPM Air-Gap dual-plane, Holley Avenger 650-cfm carb

Exhaust: Hooker Super Comp 1¾-inch headers, stainless steel MagnaFlow exhaust

Oiling: stock

Ignition: Performance Distributors DUI, LiveWires ignition wires

Output: approximately 400 hp

Built by: GM


Transmission: Tremec TKO-600 five-speed

Rearend: Ford 9-inch, Truetrac diff with 3.70 gears


Frame: factory

Front suspension: Hotchkis TVS A-arms, Hotchkis 1-inch lower coil springs, Bilstein shocks, Hotchkis sway bar, B-body spindles

Rear suspension: Hotchkis TVS control arms and 2-inch lowering coil springs, Bilstein shocks, Hotchkis sway bar

Steering: AGR 12:1 quick ratio box

Brakes: Baer Track4 13-inch rotors with Baer four-piston calipers (front), Baer Alumasport 12-inch rotors with Baer calipers (rear)

Wheels & Tires

Wheels: CCW 17x8 front, 17x9.5 rear

Tires: Falken Azenis RT-615 245/45R17 front, 275/40R17 rear