Hi, just got a 4 door 300 with a 283 and love it! I'm also looking for 2 door, 6 cyl OK. Dennis 516 551 3070.
WOW, I'm so excited. I just bought a '66 Chevelle 300 Deluxe off eBay a few days ago. It's a 4 door, 6 cylinder and automatic. The car is freak'n sweeet... I know she's not a super sport, but this car is cherry, man. I'm an old biker dude and ride a Harley Super Glide, so this cage is right down my alley. She's got 84,000 actual miles, and the car looks almost new.
You race a 4 door at the track with 4 people inside? I don't mean to pick on you, but where's the mindset dropping all the powertrain money in one? I have a friend with a 300 2 door. He wanted a nice sleeper. It has a 427 4 speed residing under the hood. Plainest car ever, gold with the stock hubcaps. No power brakes, no power steering, heater delete. I love that car. Stock look. The telltale difference is hearing that engine and the capped headers visible from the sides.
I own a 70 Chevelle SS 396 4 speed with factory air. It was built in Van Nuys, and spent most of its life on the west coast. It is now an east coast car. I have learned to buy desirable models and convertibles. If you like a 4 door for cruising, they can be fun.
I came close once to buying a nice 55 4 door once. I decided to wait. I bought a 64 Impala SS 4 speed convertible that needed restoration. The body style with convertible and factory 4 speed meant it would not exceed restoration and time.
If you are young and on a tight budget, a 4 door is a start. But I feel it's better to wait a few years and save for the better body. Putting in an expensive crate motor can bite you financially in the end.
Four door classics are grossly underrated in general. I own a 4 door 55' Ford myself. The 2 door variant of it would be something like $12-$15,000. Mine was only $1,800. Why? Because it's four doors. Big deal. It still gets just as many thumbs-up, waves, and smiles as the same model in a two door version. So in my opinion, paying sometimes 3 and 4 times as much just to have 2 doors is sort of a waste of money. Then again, that means for those of us who don't care about the number of doors get more selection and cheaper prices.
In time, the ones that bought the Super Sports, especially 4 speeds, make much more money. But true, you can likely break even and get the 1000 or 2 back. My comment is the guy that puts a new crate or Stroker in one. Then the body and paint. They're quickly underwater.
Chevelles are very hot right now, especially the 70 and 67 2 door. I do not feel I am driving idle money around, as numerous profitable flips have achieved this. Buying today, you have to be careful on condition, restoration and desirability.
I love having a true big block original with 4 speed and air. It's a privilege, and I get to care for it for a while. The temptation becomes great to sell a nicely restored example and repeat the cycle again. There are plenty of buyers in the higher segment, no matter what the economy is like.