Why the 1965 Chevy Chevelle is Popular Among Car Enthusiasts
In our first installment this week of June 2016’s Ride of the Month we feature the 1965 Chevy Chevelle presented by nominee Doug Lambertus. Here is some general information about the vehicle.
Note: This is not information about the actual vehicle nominated for June’s Ride of the Month, just general information on the vehicle itself. Please check the link at the bottom of today’s article to view all the actual vehicles nominated for this month’s Ride of the Month.
Classic car collectors often look back on the 1965 Chevrolet Chevelle with fondness. Compared to previous year models, the ’65 got a crisp new face lift. To the untrained eye, this may be the only difference noticed. Here is some more information about the legendary 1965 Chevrolet Chevelle.
1965 Chevelle Packs a Punch
As a muscle car, let’s talk about the performance of the ’65 Chevrolet Chevelle. Its power depended heavily on the model. When this series went on sale, it came out in 300, 300 DeLuxe, Malibu and Malibu SS models. The Malibu model was the most popular, selling more than 152,000 units.
Each model had a different engine size, starting with the Hi-Thrift 120-horsepower, 194-cubic-inch six in the 300 and the 140-horsepower, 230-cubic-inch six in the 300 DeLuxe. For those who wanted a bit more power, the Malibu featured either a 195-horsepower, Turbo-Fire 283 V8 in the Malibu or a 327-cubic-inch, V8 in the Malibu SS. The latter came in three different models that sported either 250, 300 or 350 horsepower.
The ‘65 Had a Bunch of Styles
In terms of trim, the 300 series of the 1965 Chevrolet Chevelle was the base model. This two-door car looked great and came in a two-door station wagon option. The 300 DeLuxe added very little to the package besides some basic cosmetic upgrades. For example, it had more interior color options such as aqua, fawn and red. The Malibu was the most popular because of its upgraded interior tailored fabric. The Malibu featured metallic thread accent that truly gave it a one-of-a-kind look. It also came in a number of body-style options including a sport coupe, convertible and four-door sedan. Much like the 300 Deluxe, the Malibu SS offered a number of specialized trims, including several different colors such as the popular two-tone. For the Malibu SS, the most popular body style was the convertible.
What Set This Chevelle Apart
Challengers to the 1965 Chevrolet Chevelle were few and far between. A one-of-a-kind car, it featured the perfect balance of luxury with raw power. With special features on certain models, such as a two-tone paint job, it’s easy to see why this series was a head-turner back in the day and continues to be. With price points ranging from $2,156 to $2,858, consumers got a lot of bang for their buck.
It’s easy to see why car enthusiasts have fond memories of this series of cars. With a great body style and a load of horsepower, it satisfies car lovers’ cravings for a sweet-looking ride that also packs a lot of punch. If you want to get your hands on one of these Chevrolet models, you will be happy to know that there are still plenty of them out in the wild just waiting to be saved.