Buffalo Bill Center of the West Raffles 1970 Chevelle to Benefit Educational Programming

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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.

Buffalo Bill Center of the West 2013 Benefit Raffle

As part of its chief fundraiser, the Buffalo Bill Center of the West in Cody, Wyoming, raffles this muscle car September 21.

It’s hard for a car buff not to crack a smile...at the sight of a classic muscle car.

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 or on its Website.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 the raffle page of the Center's Web site.


Since 1917, the Buffalo Bill Center of the West in Cody, Wyoming, has been committed to the greatness and growth of the American West, keeping western experiences alive. The Center, an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, weaves the varied threads of the western experience—history and myth, art and Native culture, firearms, and the nature and science of Yellowstone—into the rich panorama that is the American West. The Center of the West has been honored with numerous awards, including the prestigious 2012 National Tour Association’s Award for “favorite museum for groups” and, most recently, the 2013 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence.

The Center is currently open daily 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. For additional information, visit the Center's Web site or its Facebook page.

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