396 V8, BORG WARNER 4 SPD, PWR FRONT DISCS, PWR STEER, NICE PAINT/INT, BUCKETS
One of the rarest gems in the GM world is the 1965 Chevrolet Chevelle Malibu SS396. You can either spend well into six figures getting one of these stars, or you save enough money for a house and still get this amazing Chevelle, cloned to an SS with big-block power and four on the floor.
This coupe has the perfect mix of preservation and restoration. The original Mist Blue paint has been traded in for a more attention grabbing red. What makes this hue particularly impressive is its canvas is a laser straight body with uniform gaps. This one gets the Super Sport touches right, such as chrome side moldings moved from the middle of the car to the lower sills, giving it much cleaner lines and helps accent the sporty Rally wheels. Plus, the black-trim grille, and rear fender badges, just gave these models a nice quiet aggression. This Malibu SS resisted the urge to be modified over the years with ostentatious add-ons. It just has a few subtle bow tie emblems painted to protect from key marks on the door locks. So in total, this one embraces the clean design that delighted new car buyers in the mid-60s with its combination of V8 power, and family car conservative looks. That kind of perseverance makes this one a cherished classic today.
Beautiful bucket seats complete with center console are a staple of the '65 SS cars. Having all of this converted from blue to black erased years of use, and also really complements the aggressive red exterior. The factory gauges are in good order, and the SS-specific three-pod setup includes space for the temperature, oil, and battery. The shiny instrument panel has not been messed with, so you still get the placement for the heat/defrost controls and radio. But just below that, a custom panel has been built to allow for the mounting of an AM/FM/CD stereo and auxiliary gauges. So, you can have modern conveniences without ruining the vintage appearance.
That big, bold 396 cubic-inch V8 looks right at home under the hood of this Chevelle SS. The block looks dressed for battle in correct Chevy orange paint against the satin black engine bay. Of course what really makes it pop is the set of chrome big block valve covers, and a correct open-element air cleaner with Turbo Jet decals on top. This one has been built to really be driven, with features like the Holley four-barrel carburetor, MSD ignition, and the braided steel hoses. That all gives this one a nice reliable feeling on the road, but let's face it, all you really care about is that people hear you coming with the rumbling dual exhaust. And you'll be able to keep this one screaming for as long as you want because you are in complete control thanks to the Borg Warner T10 four-speed manual transmission. But, the feeling of control doesn't end there. This is a power steering car with grippy Goodyear Eagle GTII tires, and disc brakes up front. So you're looking at a Chevelle that is happy eating up the asphalt, or simply going out for a Saturday night cruise.
Fast, fun, and handsome, this red SS will make everyone take notice whether at a car show, or just a stoplight. It's a '65 big block of your dreams, at a much more obtainable price. Call today!!
- AM/FM Radio
- CD Player
- Vinyl Interior
- Front Disc Brakes
- Power Brakes
- Power Steering
- Seatbelts (Front)
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