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Pick of the Day: ’65 Chevrolet Chevelle Malibu SS built as long-held car dream

The 2-door hardtop was treated to a high-quality custom restoration


It’s never too late to buy – or build – your dream car. The Pick of the Day is a 1965 Chevrolet Chevelle Malibu SS, from which the private seller in Modjeska Canyon, California, describes as providing a satisfying feeling of automotive achievement – even when it comes at a later stage in life.

 “I grew up around a bunch of guys that built hot rods and I was never able to do it,” the seller says in the as.  “As an older guy, I finally got to experience and build my car.”


A striking paint job in Gold Metallic outlines the body of this two-door Chevelle hardtop, which the seller has owned for about eight years.  The recent refinish was part of paint work that cost in excess of $9,000, the seller says, and was completed while the numbers-matching 283cid V8 motor was removed for a rebuild.

The midsize Chevelle was offered in a variety of body styles and rode on General Motors’ A-body platform.  The model first launched in 1964 using body-on-frame construction and a four-link rear suspension, while the available Super Sport package added special brightwork, wheel covers, and interior upgrades like a console and full gauges.  


Powered by its original 283cid Turbo Fire V8, this Chevelle moves by way of a replacement 700R four-speed automatic transmission with overdrive, and stopping power comes via upgraded power-assisted discs up front.  The seller is confident in the car’s mechanical roadworthiness and says it could be driven daily, or even “driven across the country if required.” 

chevelle, Pick of the Day: ’65 Chevrolet Chevelle Malibu SS built as long-held car dream, ClassicCars.com Journal

This Chevelle reportedly gets looks everywhere it goes, which is understandable given its vivid color and premium condition.  The photo gallery shows straight body panels, corrosion-free brightwork, Rallye wheels with polished trim rings, and even a set of original California black license plates. 

The Chevelle’s interior is equally show-worthy, with reupholstered black-vinyl seating, an aftermarket steering wheel, an SS console and under-dash-mounted auxiliary gauges. 

chevelle, Pick of the Day: ’65 Chevrolet Chevelle Malibu SS built as long-held car dream, ClassicCars.com Journal

The photo with the key in the ignition conveys the notion that this Chevelle is turnkey ready.  The seller is asking $30,000, which seems like a good opportunity for anyone who’s been putting off buying his or her dream machine.

To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.

Tyson Hugie
Tyson Hugie
Tyson Hugie grew up in a family of gearheads and enjoys anything to do with automotive and motorsports. He is a contributing editor to Redline Reviews, a YouTube channel with coverage from major auto shows. He also writes for Arizona Driver Magazine and holds leadership positions with a number of car clubs. Tyson has lived in Arizona for 10 years and his current obsession is Japanese cars from the early 1990s which, though hard to believe, are now becoming classics. Tyson can usually be found exploring offbeat and obscure road trip destinations on his blog "Drive to Five," which started as a way to share travel stories and experiences with his now-550,000-mile Acura.



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