In the 1990s a friend of mine bought a Sandalwood 1966 Chevelle Super Sport. He didn’t know if he should put a new 502 crate motor in the car or keep it stock. It came with a 396 and a factory BorgWarner manual three-speed on the floor. I heard they made around 200 with three-speed transmissions, and only 10 on the floor. So he was a little concerned about changing the car, but being a “hot rod guy” he could not pass up putting a new, big crate motor and four-speed in the car. I had a 1966 Chevelle back in the day but sold it in 1972 because gas went up to 75 cents a gallon. In 2005, my friend had moved back to Missouri and wanted to build a 1966 Marina Blue Chevelle like he drove back in the day.
I told him if he ever wanted to sell the gold car to be sure to call me, and fortunately he did. He asked which engine I wanted in the car, and I said, “Of course I want the big 502 and the four-speed.” But after having the car for a few years and watching the auctions on TV, I realized I might have something different. Luckily he still had the original engine and transmission, which I had sent to me. I am putting the car back to all original, and it’s been fun researching the car. I don’t think there are many 138 Chevelles left with manual three-speeds