1965 Chevy Chevelle

1965 Chevy Chevelle

1965 CHEVY CHEVELLE LARGELY CARRIED OVER

The new Chevelle was available once again in Sport Coupe (pillarless 2-door hardtop) and Convertible body styles which were actuallly 2.7 inches longer and about an inch lower than the ’64 Chevelle. There were also numerous chassis refinements, most minor. The Super Sport or SS models changed the most, now with blacked-out grille (1965 Chevelle SS-only), revised mouldings, with more and bigger SS badges.

PRODUCTION NUMBERS

378,618 Chevelles were built during the 1965 model year. Out of those, 88,112 were Super Sport or SS models, of which 71,984 were Sport Coupes and 9,128 were Convertibles.

Less the modern-day add-ons (steering wheel, steering column-mounted tach, 3-gauge cluster & those hideous floor mats) this shows nicely the openness and simplicity of the Chevelle’s interior. Even the ones with center consoles don’t feel crowded like modern cars. Come to think of it, the absence of a center console could be a sign that this car didn’t start out life as an authentic SS.

1965 CHEVY CHEVELLE GETS THE L79
The Muscle Car Wars were raging and horsepower output was rising fast. The 1964 Chevelle SS was initially launched with a 220hp 283, which was bumped midyear up to either a 250hp or a 300hp 327. For 1965 more power was needed. They robbed the Corvette’s parts bin for the edgy 350hp 327 V8 (RPO L79). This peaky engine, in the light midsized A-body was nearly unbeatable by anything but a big block.

1965 CHEVY CHEVELLE GETS A BIG BLOCK
But the big news on the engine front is the rare Z16 option package, which dropped in the new 375hp 396 big block V8. Just 201 were built, 200 sport coupes and 1 convertible. The new 396 was the result of Chevy’s ”Mystery Motor” program, at at time when Ford was developing its 427 Side-Oiler, and Chrysler the 426 Hemi. Early prototypes of Chevy’s 7-liter Mystery Motor were being spotted around in race cars of various types, when it acquired the nickname “porcupine head” because of the offset intake and exhaust valves. By the time of its release as a production engine, the displacement had been reduced from 427 to 396 cubic inches. The 427 would return in 1967, but not in the Chevelle.


1965 Chevy Chevelle Malibu SS SPECIFICATIONS

Production, Coupe

Production, Conv’t

Base Price, Coupe

Base Price, Conv’t

Wheelbase

Overall Length

Overall Width

Track, Front

Track, Rear

Tire Size

Weight, Coupe

Weight, Conv’t

ENGINE SPECS:

SS w/6-cylinder

7,542

1,133

$2,484.00

$2,690.00

115.0″

196.6″

74.6″

58.0″

58.0″

6.95″ X 14″

2,980 lbs

3,075 lbs

SS w/Small Block V8

64,532

7995

$2,590.00

$2,796.00

115.0″

196.6″

74.6″

58.0″

58.0″

6.95″ X 14″

3,115 lbs

3,210 lbs

SS w/Big Block 396

201 combined total

201 Coupe & Conv’t

$4,091.00

$4,297.00

115.0″

196.6″

74.6″

58.0″

58.0″

6.95″ X 14″

NA

NA

Engine Type

Engine Family

Displacement

Bore & Stroke

ENG OPTIONS:

Base 6-cyl

Base V8

283 V8

327 V8

327 V8

327 Hi-Perf V8

SS396 V8

OHV inline-6

Stovebolt-Six

230 ci

3.875″ X 3.250″

HP/Torque; Carb

140/220; 1bbl

OHV V8

Small Block V8

283 ci

3.875″ X 3.00″

HP/Torque; Carb

195/285; 2bbl

220/295; 4bbl

OHV V8

Small Block V8

327 ci

4.00″ X 3.25″

HP/Torque; Carb

250/300; 4bbl

300/360; 4bbl

350/360; 4bbl

OHV V8

Big Block V8

396 ci

4.095″ X 3.760″

HP/Torque; Carb

375/415; 4bbl

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