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Jack Reacher Muscle Car

The car in the movie Jack Reacher that is driven in some scenes by Tom Cruise is a 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS. Cruise steals it from a meth-cooking character who has been hired to scare him into giving up his investigation into the murders that took place at the beginning of the movie.

There are a few other cars that play minor roles throughout the film. These include a 2006 Audi A6 C6, a sweet 2012 Mercedes Benz C-Class C250 CDI Coupe, a Ford Transit Connect, and a 70s era Chevrolet Silverado. While those are all interesting vehicles in their own right, let’s concentrate on the Chevelle.

Jack Reacher’s 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS

The Chevelle was a mid-sized automobile produced for the model years 1964 through 1977. There were three generations of the Chevelle produced. The 1970 SS was part of the second generation. Chevelles were built on the GM A-Body and were available as a coupe, sedan, station wagon, or convertible. Production of the Super Sport(SS) ended with the 1973 model year. The top trim level of the Chevelle was the Malibu, which became its own nameplate in 1978, replacing the Chevelle altogether.

The second generation of the Chevelle was introduced for the 1969 model year and were produced through 1972. This generation featured radical body changes, tapered front fenders and a rounded belt-line. The second-gen also included a long-hood/short-deck profile, a wheel-base that was reduced to 112 inches, a flowing roof-line, and more powerful engines. 1969 marked the year that the SS became a series of its own, specifically the SS 396 sport coupe and convertible.

1970 brought the introduction of the 454 cu-in engine. This engine was only available with the RPO Z15 SS Equipment package. The base 454 was rated at 360 hp, but the high-end LS6 version produced an invigorating 450 hp. The SS 396 Chevelle package was powered by a 396 Turbo-Jet that pushed out 350 hp, which could be boosted to 375 hp by adding a cowl induction. A well maintained stock SS is still capable of a 12 second 0-60 time and has a top speed of 112 mph. All-in-all, the 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS was a solid entry for the pony car era.

Oh yeah, somebody from USA Today rode in the Jack Reacher car, but they couldn’t even spell Chevelle right (Chavelle).


About the author: Jerry Coffey


Jerry Coffey is the financial expert here at A recovered "debtaholic," he now preaches frugal-living and sound money management here and at, where he is the chief contributor. He works for a major automaker.


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