Kelly L’s 1972 Chevelle

Built From The Ground Up

Kelly L’s 1972 Chevelle

Kelly inherited this 1972 Chevelle from a long time family friend back in August of 2003.

The original owner’s wife passed the Chevelle along to Kelly after her husband had passed away that year. He was an Army veteran who served in Vietnam as a Captain, while Kelly had been a marine for 20 years, so the two had a lot in common and a strong friendship.

Kelly has been around this Chevelle for a very long time, since he was a young boy. His father had been the original owner’s mechanic for the car, so he had seen it quite frequently. He had originally purchased the Chevelle after returning from Vietnam, so Kelly knew all about how original this Chevelle was.

It is a numbers matching LS5 454 big block car with less than 65,000 miles on the odometer. The drivetrain has also not been rebuilt thus far. Because of its condition and originality, Kelly simply performed a cosmetic restoration after receiving the car in 2003. It was even the cover car for the July 2009 issue of Hemmings Muscle Machines.

“The history of this car is what draws me to it. I have been around this car since I was very young.”

Kelly L

Due to how well this Chevelle has fared over time with the original owner, Kelly has chosen to keep it as stock and original as possible. He not only has the correct documentation such as the Protect-o-Plate / warranty information and some of the build sheet, but he personally knew the original owner growing up. Not many can say the same.

When he was still in the Marines and home on leave, the original owner would call him up and ask if Kelly wanted to drive “his car”. This would become quite common over time whenever Kelly came home on leave, and always said that the Chevelle would be Kelly’s one day.

He plans to keep it as stock and original as possible while he enjoys driving it around.

Ground Up Parts Featured In This Build

1971-1972 Chevelle Super Sport Steering

Part #: IK-712SS


Best Price Available

1971-1972 Chevelle Standard And SS Steering Wheel Horn Contact Wire

Part #: ICC-7172


Best Price Available

1964-1972 Chevelle Big Block Air Cleaner Decal, 454 Cross Flags

Part #: HOJ-454


Best Price Available

Chevelle Big Block Valve Covers Orange

Part #: ALS-1165-OJ


Best Price Available

Shop our huge selection of Chevelle Parts!

1964-1977 Chevelle & Malibu Parts

We want to see your Built From The Ground Up Ride!

Submit your car to be featured here!

Share this car with your friends!

Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on email

More Articles From Ground Up

1965 Chevelle

Dwayne W’s 1965 Chevelle

Dwayne was looking for years for a 1967 Nova II and was not having any luck finding the car/project that he was ready to purchase. Until one of his co-workers

Read More »
1970 Chevelle

Steven C’s 1970 Chevelle

After a motorcycle crash in 2016, Steven knew it was time to switch gears into something else, and he chose a 1970 Chevelle. Appropriate, as it was always his dream

Read More »
1968 Chevelle

Ronnie’s 1968 Chevelle

The most common Chevelle sightings usually occur at cruise nights, car shows, and the occasional Sunday afternoon. But have you ever seen a 1968 Chevelle lighting it up down 5th

Read More »

Shipping Delays

See what brands are experiencing delays

Operation Status

See what we're doing at Ground Up

Parts Catalog

Chevelle & El Camino, Camaro, & Nova

We Want To See Your Car!

Submit your car to be featured today!

Follow Us On Social