1965 Chevrolet Chevelle Malibu, Malibu, SS, z16

General Motors produced the chevelle model from 1964 through 1977 model years in three generations. The 1965 Chevrolet Chevelle Malibu was a high performance subseries, medium-sized Muscle Car which was built by Chevrolet.

1965 chevrolet malibu

For the 1965 base 300 series, a two-door station wagon was obtainable. The Chevrolet Chevelle Malibu were likewise assembled and sold in Canada and likewise stateside.

1965 Chevrolet Chevelle Malibu

For 1965, the Chevelle modified little apart from the fact that it was lengthened a few inches, retaining the 115-inch wheelbase, and Chevrolet included some extra trim options like new grilles and modified tail sections and had the exhaust pipes changed but retained the same fundamental styling and body styles from the 1964 model. Their interiors had front bucket seats in the latest textured vinyl, round gauges in a bright metal panel and a console.

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1965 Chevrolet Chevelle colors

The exterior colors of the 1965 Chevrolet Chevelle included Tuxedo Black, Ermine White, Mist Blue, Danube Blue, Willow Green, Cypress Green, Artesian Turquoise, Tahitian Turquoise, Madeira Maroon, Evening Orchid, Regal Red, Sierra Tan, Cameo Beige, Glacier Gray and Goldwood Yellow.

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1965 Chevrolet Chevelle specs

For 1965 Chevrolet Chevelle, four series were built for sale: the 300, the 300 DeLuxe, Malibu, and Malibu SS, with the Malibu making top spot with about 152,200 car sales. The engine options included a Hi-Thrift 120-HP 194-cubic-inch V6, accelerating up to a 140-HP 230-cubic-inch V6, a 195-HP Turbo-Fire 283 V-8, and three 327-cubic-inch V-8s with 250, 300, or 350 horsepower. A new completely harmonized 3-speed gearshift transmission was obtainable, but most Chevelles boasted a Powerglide or a 4-speed manual gearbox.

1965 chevrolet chevelle malibu engine

The 1965 Chevrolet Chevelle gave power to the rear wheels aided by a stout suspension, fast power-assisted steering and front and rear anti-roll bars. An original V-shaped grille and bigger taillights were included. The bodies were lengthened an extra 2.7 inches and lowered about1.3 inches.

The Cheverolet Chevelle weighed 3,160 IBS which was fairly light as it also aided its performance. The car incorporates either a large or small block engine without any trouble.

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1965 Chevrolet Chevelle SS

The 1965 Chevrolet Chevelle Malibu SS was obtainable only as a convertible or 2-door Sport Coupe hardtop with either V6 and V8 engines together with bucket seats, engine gauges, center console (optional 4-speed manual or Powerglide transmissions) and special wheel covers, and obtained with either six-cylinder or V8 engine for other Chevelles.

1965 chevrolet chevelle malibu ss

The 1965 Chevrolet Chevelle Malibu SS now presented the choice of selecting any of the Chevelle engines together with specific SS trimmings both inside and out. Extra colors were obtainable, including eight two-tone models.

1965 chevrolet chevelle malibu ss

1965 Chevrolet Chevelle Z16

Chevelle returned later that year with a limited edition 396-cubic inch engine known as the Chevelle Z16 SS 396 Convertible package. With just 201 of the Z-16 built, of which 200 were hardtops and only one was a convertible.

1965 chevrolet chevelle malibu ss

The Z-16 package boasted a 396/540 HP Chevy Big Block V8 engine, heavy-duty suspension, stouter convertible-type frames, power-assisted steering and front and rear anti-roll bars. A Muncie 4-speed was likewise optional. The chassis features consisted of power 4-wheel disc brakes, gas shocks, stainless lines, Hotchkiss control arms, power steering and Airlift suspension.

1965 chevrolet chevelle malibu interior

For over the 13 years Chevrolet Chevelle was in production, more than 5 million models were manufactured, the Chevelle was one of Chevrolet’s most successful models.

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  • Dale McIntosh

    * 1965 did not have Goldwood Yellow but rather Crocus Yellow
    * The Malibu series sold 201,390 units – not 152,200
    * Might do a spell check as well as a fact check, “The [Cheverolet] Chevelle weighed 3,160 IBS which was fairly light as it also aided its performance” 3160 lbs is the advertised shipping weight of the V8 Malibu convertible – an odd car to pick out to discuss weight.
    * A V6 engine? “with either V6 and V8″
    * “Chevelle Z16 SS 396 Convertible package” Wrong. It was known as a Malibu SS 396, Z16 was the regular production option code.
    * The 8 two-tone combinations were available with any Chevelle except the Malibu SS with the exception of YC, Crocus Yellow / Ermine White which was Malibu SS exclusive.
    * “The Z-16 package boasted a 396/540 HP Chevy Big Block V8 engine, heavy-duty suspension, stouter convertible-type frames, power-assisted steering and front and rear anti-roll bars. A Muncie 4-speed was likewise optional. The chassis features consisted of power 4-wheel disc brakes, gas shocks, stainless lines, Hotchkiss control arms, power steering and Airlift suspension.” This is wrong in every aspect. The engine was a 375 hp 396. No rear anti-roll bar. The Muncie 4-speed was mandatory and the only transmission one could get with the Z16 option. Disc brakes wouldn’t be available until 1967 and 4-wheel disc never on a Chevelle. Hotchkiss control arms? Nah, and the company name is “Hotchkis.” Airlift suspension? Sheesh.