Buffalo Bill Center of the West raffles 1970 Chevelle to benefit education programming

2013 raffle car: 1970 Chevelle SS. Photo by Jeff Shrin

2013 raffle car: 1970 Chevelle SS. Photo by Jeff Shrin

SEPTEMBER 21 UPDATE: We have a winner! Congratulations to the proud owner of ticket number 4216 – we have notified him. Thank you to all who purchased tickets and thereby supported the programs of the Buffalo Bill Center of the West.

As fast and furious as a 1970 Chevy Chevelle cruises along, tickets for the one parked in the Hub of the Buffalo Bill Center of the West in Cody, Wyoming, are moving even faster. The Center raffles the muscle car at its annual Patrons Ball, the Center’s chief fundraiser of the year where all proceeds benefit the Center’s educational programs.

Occupying space in the Hub of the Buffalo Bill Center of the West—that extraordinary Center of all things western located in Cody, Wyoming—is a 1970 Chevy Chevelle SS “muscle car.” On the surface, it might seem that a 1970 Chevy has little in common with the art and artifacts of the Center; still, visitors seem to take a similar memory-jogging, smile-generating double take at the dark gray classic car as they do with the Center’s collections.

“It’s hard for a car buff not to crack a smile—or at least an impish grin—at the sight of a classic muscle car,” says James Tate of MSN Autos. “These overpowered iron beasts were built to deliver a beating and to take one. They were always willing and able to burn some rubber. And they were anything but agile. Big, heavy for the time, loud and rude, muscle cars embodied everything that was great about the American auto industry of the 1960s and 1970s.”

Dave Schwarz, a Center staffer instrumental in acquiring the Chevelle, and who is featured in its promotional videos, says that driving a set of wheels like that takes him back to special times in the 70s. “But this particular car is even better with a superior cam, an updated power train, and between 150 – 200 more horsepower than in 1970. Its updated exhaust really gives it a ‘throaty’ sound. What can I say? It is an amazing car.”

For the car buff who needs details: The Chevelle features a 502 / 535 HP GM engine, Tremec GM TKO-600 manual 5-speed transmission, power disc brakes, Gabriel air shocks, and power steering.

Tickets are $20 each or six for $100 and can be purchased at the Center (online ticket sales have closed). The raffle drawing takes place at the Center’s annual Patrons Ball, Saturday, September 21, 2013. Ticket holders must be age 18 or older to enter, need not be present to win, and must collect the car within thirty days of the drawing. Any applicable taxes are the responsibility of the winner; void where prohibited by law.

For more information, visit this website’s raffle page.

Contact: Lauren Marchant, or 307-578-4008.