Silly Reason Ohio State Police Impounded 1966 Chevy Chevelle SS Barn | Taza Khabre

Key findings

  • Classic cars have character and history that modern cars lack, which is why they are highly sought after by enthusiasts.
  • YouTuber Mark Meldrum shares the story of his 1966 Chevrolet Chevelle SS, which was impounded by Ohio State Police due to a mismatched VIN number.
  • The Ohio State Trooper conducted a 6-week investigation and discovered that the VIN tag had been removed in the past, but ultimately approved the ownership and returned the vehicle to Mark.


For most enthusiasts in classic car community, owning a vintage car is as much about the history behind it as it is about its technical capabilities. Most new vehicles can objectively be vastly superior to any car from 40 or 50 years ago, but classic cars have a character that is largely missing in the modern automotive era.

It’s no wonder that so many car collectors and enthusiasts spend months or even years searching for the rarest classic sports and muscle cars after falling in love with the story behind them. Some of the best of these are often found in the world barn findswhere something rare or interesting is unearthed for the first time in decades.

YouTuber Mark from the channel Mark Meldrum – Meldrum’s Monster Garage recalls the story of his 1966 Chevrolet Chevelle SS and why it was confiscated by the Ohio State Police. However, Mark is perhaps the catalyst in this center Chevrolet a story that involves finding the original owner during a 6-week investigation.

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The VIN number on this Chevelle Barn Find did not match the title

Specifications of the 1966 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 396

Engine

396 cubic meters in. (6.5 L) naturally aspirated V8

Transmission

Front engine, rear drive

Method of transmission

4-speed mechanics

power

375 hp

A turning point

415 lb-ft

(figures provided GM)

Mark bought this 1966 Chevrolet Chevelle SS back in 2016 from a barn somewhere in Vermilion, northern Ohio. However, when he and Chevelle enthusiast “Uncle Larry” went to inspect the car, they noticed that the Chevelle’s VIN was slightly different from the car’s name. Right in the middle of the serial number was a 9 that should have been a 1 and Mark knew he had a problem.

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Mark explains that when the Chevelle last changed hands in 1993, the title office got the VIN wrong. As a conscious, honest person, Mark says that he explained the situation when registering the car. However, the title office told him he should talk to the Ohio State Police to look at the Chevelle and verify the VIN number.

Ohio police had to track down the Chevy’s original owner

Basic details of the 1966 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 396

  • Mark bought this ’66 Chevelle SS barn in northern Ohio
  • While inspecting the car, he noticed that the name of the Chevelle differed from the VIN by one digit
  • After notifying the title office, Mark had to return the Chevelle to the Ohio State Police for a VIN check
  • After discovering that the VIN plate had been removed in the past, a state trooper began an investigation that lasted 6 weeks.
  • The operator located the second owner, who said that he and his brother repainted the car and replaced the engine back in the 1970s.
  • With the state trooper now satisfied, the VIN and title were approved and Mark returned the Chevelle

Unfortunately for Mark, the Ohio State Trooper in charge of the investigation discovered that the VIN plate on the inside of the door panel had been removed before the car was replaced with red from the factory blue. Although it’s not exactly common knowledge, it is illegal to remove a VIN tag from a vehicle unless the part of the vehicle to which the VIN tag is affixed needs to be replaced due to extenuating circumstances – such as rust or accident damage.

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As a result, Ohio State Police impounded the Chevelle for six weeks while they conducted a full investigation. Fortunately, the state trooper in charge of the investigation was able to track down nearly all of the car’s previous owners and discovered that the original owner of this ’66 Chevelle actually sold the Chevy to his brother.

The second owner told the trooper that not only did they remove the tag to repaint the car, but they also swapped in a 1969 Chevrolet Camaro engine instead of the original 396 V8. Fortunately, everything is now compatible, the Ohio police approved the title, and Mark got his Chevelle back.

How much is a 1966 Chevrolet Chevelle SS?

Marina blue Chevrolet Chevelle SS 396
Source: YouTube @ junkcar willy

1966 Chevrolet Chevelle SS Market Value

MSRP

Average value

Highest selling price

2,276 USD

$58,850

330,000 USD

(figures provided JD Power/classic.com)

It’s a good thing Mark has his ’66 Chevy SS back as well, as they are by far the most valuable of the first generation Chevelles. According to classic.com, the average price of a 1966 Chevrolet Chevelle is $58,850. prices reach $300,000 for custom restomod and pro-touring cars.

While the value of the car is one thing, Mark is an avid Chevelle enthusiast and losing the car would probably mean more to him than just money. Fortunately, thanks to a diligent state trooper, things eventually worked out and Mark was even able to add his own piece of history to this Chevelle barn find.

Sources: YouTube @ Mark Meldrum – Meldrum’s Monster Garage, GM, JD Power, classic.com

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