AJ’s Car of the Day: 1965  Chevrolet Chevelle Malibu Super-Sport

AJ’s Car of the Day: 1965 Chevrolet Chevelle Malibu Super-Sport

Car: Chevrolet Chevelle Malibu Super-Sport

Year: 1965

What makes it special:  The Chevelle was produced by Chevrolet from 1964 through 1977 through three generations, and the A-Body platform was one of Chevrolet’s most successful models. It was made in a coupe, sedan, convertible and station wagon body style, and Super-Sport models were produced through the 1973 model year.

What made it famous: The Super-Sport was Chevrolet’s first entry into the Muscle Car battle, distinguished by a Malibu SS badge on the rear quarter panel. The Super-Sport Package was available on the upscale Malibu two-door Hardtop and convertible models, and added special exterior brightwork with “SS” emblems and 14 inch full-disc hubcaps taken from the Impala SS model. A floor console hosted an optional Muncie Aluminum 4-speed manual or Powerglide 2-speed automatic transmission. The SS also was equipped with a four-gauge cluster, and an optional dash-mounted tach. The 220 hp, 283 cu in V8 was rated the same as the Chevy Power-Pak 283 V8 of 1957, and mid-1964, you the Chevelle could be had with either the 250 or 300hp, 327 cu in V8. Both featured a 4-barrel carb and 10.5:1 compression, and for 1965, Chevrolet added the 350hp, L-79 327 as a regular production option V8.

Why I would want one: It has stunning good looks, is perfect size, and the SS option made it quite the performer.

Fun fact: The Chevelle also provided the platform for the Monte Carlo model beginning in the 1970 model year.