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1965 Chevrolet

Chevelle

The biggest news for the 1965 Chevelle was the introduction of the Z-16 package boasting a 396ci V8 and 375 horsepower. This pavement pounder put the power to the rear wheels with the help of stouter suspension, front and rear anti-roll bars, and faster power-assisted steering.

Another model was added to the lineup, the 300 Deluxe helped bridge the gap between the 300 and the Malibu. Overall, the 1965 Chevelle changed little except the fact it was stretched a few inches, maintaining the 115-inch wheelbase, which cleaned up a few lines, and Chevrolet added some additional trim options.

The 300 series was the base model, but it could be had in a two-door station wagon that was not available in the other two series.

The new 300 Deluxe added little to the 300, with the exception of a few cosmetic upgrades like more interior color options (red, fawn, and aqua) and upgraded trim options.

The Malibu proved to be the most popular with the highest sales records mainly because of interior upgrades like tailored fabrics with metallic thread accents. It also sold well because it had the most model options including: sport coupe, convertible, 4-door sedan, and 2-seat wagon.

The Malibu SS now offered the option of choosing any of the Chevelle engines and included specialized SS trim inside and out. Additional colors were available including eight two-tone models. Now up for grabs was the aforementioned Z-16 package, in which 201 were produced (one convertible).



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Performance Specs

Available Engines
I6

194ci

1x1bbl

120 hp

177 lb-ft

I6

230ci

1x1bbl

140 hp

220 lb-ft

V8

283ci

1x4bbl

220 hp

295 lb-ft

V8

283ci

1x2bbl

195 hp

285 lb-ft

V8

327ci

1x4bbl

350 hp

360 lb-ft

V8

327ci

1x4bbl

300 hp

360 lb-ft

V8

327ci

1x4bbl

250 hp

355 lb-ft

V8

396ci

1x4bbl

375 hp

375 lb-ft

Transmissions
  • 3-Speed Manual
  • 4-Speed Manual
  • Powerglide Auto
  • Turbo Hydra-Matic
Engine
0 to 60 MPH
Quarter Mile
Source

396ci/375hp

6.0 sec

14.7 sec @ 99.8 mph

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Paint & Color

Exterior Colors

Tuxedo Black

Ermine White

Mist Blue

Willow Green

Cypress Green

Artesian Turquoise

Tahitian Turquoise

Madeira Maroon

Evening Orchid

Regal Red

Sierra Tan

Cameo Beige

Glacier Gray

Crocus Yellow

Interior Colors

White

Light Fawn

Medium Fawn

Medium Dark Fawn

Medium Saddle

Dark Saddle

Medium Slate

Dark Slate

Gunmetal

Medium Green

Dark Green

Midnight Green

Medium Turquoise

Dark Turquoise

Medium Blue

Dark Blue

Red

Medium Red

Dark Red

Black

Production Numbers

300

33,184

300 Deluxe

52,605

Malibu

176,993

El Camino and El Camino Custom

34,724

Malibu SS

81,112

Total Production

378,618

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