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1965 Chevrolet Malibu SS
The 1965 Chevrolet Malibu SS

1965 Chevrolet Malibu

In 1965, the big news for Chevelle fans was not only a 327 with 350hp, but the addition of the limited edition 396, known as the Z-16 package. With just 201 of these pavement pounders produced, 200 were hardtops and one was a convertible. Boasting 375hp the Z-16 package included stouter convertible-type frames, heavier-duty suspension, front and rear anti-roll bars, and faster power-assisted steering. A Muncie 4-speed was optional. A ’65 Chevelle with the 396 had been timed at just 6.7 seconds 0-60MPH and a quarter mile at 15.3 at 97MPH. With 375hp, a 160-mph Speedometer and lots of chrome under the hood the ’65 Chevelle 396 boasted a lot of sport with plenty of power.

 

 

 

1965 Chevrolet Malibu Production Numbers

Model Number Body/Style Number Body Type & Seating Factory Price Shipping Weight Total Production
Chevelle Malibu Series 35 - Six-Cyl
35 69 4 Dr Sedan - 6P $2,299 2,945 lbs 56,400
(rounded off)
35 37 2 Dr Sport Coupe - 6P $2,326 2,930 lbs
35 67 2 Dr Convertible - 6P $2,532 3,025 lbs
35 35 4 Dr Station Wagon - 6P $2,590 3,225 lbs Note 3
Chevelle Malibu Series 36 - V-8
36 69 4 Dr Sedan - 6P $2,405 3,080 lbs 95,800
(rounded off)
36 37 2 Dr Sport Coupe - 6P $2,431 3,065 lbs
36 67 2 Dr Convertible - 6P $2,637 3,160 lbs
36 35 4 Dr Station Wagon - 6P $2,695 3,355 lbs Note 3
Chevelle Malibu SS Series 37 - Six-Cyl
37 37 2 Dr Sport Coupe - 6P $2,484 2,980 lbs 8,600
(rounded off)
37 67 2 Dr Convertible - 6P $2,690 3,075 lbs
Chevelle Malibu SS Series 38 - V-8
38 37 2 Dr Sport Coupe - 6P $2,590 3,115 lbs 72,500
(rounded off)
38 67 2 Dr Convertible - 6P $2,796 3,210 lbs
Chevelle Malibu SS 396 Series 38/Z16 - V-8
38 37 2 Dr Sport Coupe - 6P $4,091 3,115 lbs 201
38 67 2 Dr Convertible - 6P $4,297 3,210 lbs

Notes:

  1. 384,894 Chevelles were produced
  2. 137,200 had 6-cyl and 206,700 had V-8
  3. Wagons Six-Cyl = 13,800 (rounded off) and V-8 = 23,800 (rounded off)

Chassis Data

Model Wheelbase Overall Length Width Front Tread Rear Tread Tires
Chevelle 115 in 196.6 in 74.6 in 58 in 58 in 6.95 x 14
Chevelle Station Wagon 115 in 201.4 in 74.6 in 58 in 58 in 7.35 x 14

VIN Numbers

Serial Numbers were stamped on a plate on the left front door hinge pillar (center pillar on Corvair). The Fisher Body number plate on the right-hand side of the cowl gives additional information such as the body style number, the production sequence number, the trim (upholstery) number code and the paint number code.
First Symbol - Manufacturer
1 = Chevrolet
Second & Third Symbol - Series
01 = Corvair 500 six-cylinder 33 = Chevelle 300 Deluxe/Std. El Camino six-cylinder
05 = Corvair Monza six-cylinder 34 = Chevelle 300 Deluxe/Std. El Camino V-8
07 = Corvair Corsa six-cylinder 35 = Chevelle Malibu/Custom El Camino six-cylinder
11 = Chevy II 100 four-cylinder 36 = Chevelle Malibu/Custom El Camino V-8
R12 = Corvir Forward Control six-cylinder 37 = Chevelle Concours six-cylinder
13 = Chevy II 100 six-cylinder 38 = Chevelle Concours/Super Sport V-8
14 = Chevy II 100 V-8 53 = Biscayne six-cylinder
15 = Chevy II Nova exc. Super Sport six-cylinder 54 = Biscayne V-8
16 = Chevy II Nova exc. Super Sport V-8 55 = Bel Air six cylinder
17 = Chevy II Nova Super Sport 56 = Bel Air V-8
18 = Chevy II Nova Super Sport 63 = Impala six-cylinder
23 = Camaro six-cylinder 64 = Impala V-8
24 = Camaro V-8 66 = Caprice
25 = Deluxe Camaro six-cylinder 67 = Impala Super Sport six-cylinder
26 = Deluxe Camaro V-8 68 = Impala Super Sport V-8
31 = Chevelle 300 six-cylinder 94 = Corvette
32 = Chevelle 300 V-8  
Fourth & Fifth Symbol - Body Style
11 = two-door sedan 39 = four-door hardtop or sport sedan
15 = two-door station wagon 6p 45 = four-door station wagon 9p
17 = two-door hardtop 47 = two-door hardtop
27 = two-door sedan 67 = convertible
35 = four-door station wagon 6p 69 = four-door sedan
37 = two-door hardtop or sport coupe 87 = two-door hardtop
Sixth Symbol - Last Digit Of The Model Year
5 = 1965
Seventh Symbol - Assembly Plant
(A) Atlanta, Georgia (P) Pontiac, Michigan
(B) Baltimore, Maryland (R) Arlington, Texas
(C) Southgate, California (S) St. Louis, Missouri
(D) Doraville, Wisconsin (T) Tarrytown, New York
(F) Flint, Michigan (U) Lordstown, Ohio
(G) Framingham, Massachusetts (W) Willow Run, Michigan
(J) Janesville, Wisconsin (Y) Wilmington, Delaware
(K) Kansas City, Missouri (Z) Fremont, California
(L) Los Angeles, California (1) Oshawa, Ontario, Canada
(N) Norwood, Ohio (2) St. Therese, Quebec, Canada
Last Six Symbols - Production Sequence
Started at 100001

1965 Chevrolet Malibu Options & Accessories

Description Description
Four-Season Air Conditioning Push-Button Radio & Rear Speaker
Rear Antenna AM/FM Push-Button Radio
Positraction Rear Axle Rear Seat Speaker
Rear Axle Ratio Black Vinyl Roof (coupes & sport coupes)
Heavy-Duty Battery Front Seat Belt Deletion
Heavy-Duty Body Equipment (Chevelle 300 4 Dr Sedan) Deluxe Seat Belts w/ Retractors
Special Metal Brake Facings Divided Second Seat (station wagon)
Front Bumper Guards Heavy-Duty Rear Shock Absorbers
Rear Bumper Guards Sport-Styled Steering Wheel
Heavy-Duty Chassis Equipment (Chevelle 300 4 Dr Sedan) Comfortilt Steering Wheel
Heavy-Duty Clutch Heavy-Duty Front & Rear Suspension
Comfort & Convenience Package A Tachometer
Comfort & Convenience Package B 6.95 x 14 Whitewall Tires
Transmission Oil Cooler (Powerglide) 7.35 x 14 Black Sidewall Tires
Rear Window Defroster (sedan & sport coupe) 7.35 x 14 Whitewall Tires
Dual Exhaust 7.75 x 14 Black Sidewall Tires
Temperature Controlled Fan 7.75 x 14 Whitewall Tires
42-amp Delcotron Generator 4-Speed Manual Transmission
55-amp Delcotron Generator S-Speed Overdrive Manual Transmission
62-amp Delcotron Generator Powerglide Transmission
Tinted Windows (all glass) Full Wheel Covers
Tinted Windshield Simulated Wire Wheel Covers
Heater & Defroster Deletion Power Steering
Tri-Volume Horn Power Tailgate Window (station wagon)
Instrument Panel Safety Pad Power Convertible Top
Luggage Rack (station wagon) Power Windows
Two-Tone Paint Heavy-Duty Radiator
Power Brakes Manual Radio & Antenna
4-Way Power Seat Push-Button Radio & Antenna

1965 Chevrolet Malibu Engine Options

Location Of Engine Code: 6-Cyl-- Stamped on a pad behind the distributor on right side of block. 8-Cyl-- Stamped on the block in front of the right hand cylinder head.

Letter Code Engine Horsepower Torque Transmission Carburetor
AA 6-194 120 177 3-Speed Manual 1 BC
AC 6-194 120 177 3-Speed Manual 1 BC
AG 6-194 120 177 3-Speed Manual 1 BC
AH 6-194 120 177 3-Speed Manual 1 BC
AK (t) 6-194 120 177 3-Speed Manual 1 BC
AL 6-194 120 177 Powerglide 1 BC
AN 6-194 120 177 Powerglide 1 BC
AR 6-194 120 177 Powerglide 1 BC
CA 6-230 140 220 3-Speed Manual 1 BC
CB 6-230 140 220 3-Speed Manual 1 BC
CC 6-230 140 220 Powerglide 1 BC
CD 6-230 140 220 Powerglide 1 BC
DA 8-283 195 285 3-Speed Manual 2 BC
DB 8-283 195 285 4-Speed Manual 2 BC
Not Available 8-283 220 295 4-Speed Manual 4 BC
DF 8-283 195 285 Powerglide 2 BC
DG 8-283 220 295 3-Speed Manual 4 BC
DH 8-283 220 295 Powerglide 4 BC
EA 8-327 250 350 3 & 4-Speed Manual 4 BC
EB 8-327 * 300 360 3 & 4-Speed Manual 4 BC
EC 8-327 # 350 360 3 & 4-Speed Manual 4 BC
ED 8-327 350 360 3 & 4-Speed Manual 4 BC
EE 8-327 250 350 Powerglide 4 BC
EF 8-327 * 300 360 Powerglide 4 BC
IX 8-396 375 415 4-Speed Manual 4 BC

Notes:

  • * High Performance
  • # Special High Performance
  • (t) Taxi

Transmission Codes


Transmission Location
3-Speed Manual Stamped on rear face of upper right corner
4-Speed Manual On the top right flat of the case assembly
3 & 4-Speed (Corvair) Stamped on boss on lower left side of case just below side cover, on the flat on the top of the transmission assembly.
Turbo Hydra-Matic Right hand vertical surface of transmission case
Powerglide (Corvair) On top of the case in the rear at 11 o'clock.
Powerglide Stamped on the bottom of oil pan, immediately behind right hand machining lug with the bottom of the sticker parallel to mold flash, stamped on right side of transmission oil pan
Plant and Type Designation Prefix Plant Transmission Type
N Muncie 4-Speed
W Warner Gear 3 and 4-Speed
P Muncie 4-Speed
R Saginaw 4-Speed
S Saginaw 3-Speed
M Muncie 3-Speed, Overdrive*
C Cleveland Powerglide
T Toledo Powerglide
CA Hydra-Matic 3-Speed, Automatic Turbo Hydra-Matic
D Saginaw Overdrive
K McKinnon 3-Speed
E McKinnon Powerglide
O Saginaw Overdrive
X Cleveland Turbo Hydra-Matic 350
B Cleveland Turbo Hydra-Matic 350
Y Toledo Turbo Hydra-Matic 350
A Cleveland 2-Speed, Manual Powerglide
 

*Overdrive distinguished from 3-Speed by physical appearance only. The above transmissions (exc. Warner Gear) will carry a production code number such as: C1116N (C = Cleveland Powerglide, 11 = November, 16 = 16th, N = Night Shift). The Warner Gear transmissions will carry a production code number such as: WG1031 (W = Warner Gear 4-Spd., G = July, 10 = 10th, 7 = 1967, 1 = First Shift).

Axle Codes

Location Of Axle Codes: The axles for Chevrolet will be built by Chevrolet Buffalo, Chevrolet Gear and Axle, Buick, Oldsmobile, and McKinnon. Divisional Manufacturer code letters will be metal stamped on the axle tube adjacent to the carrier for identification. Metal stamp on left rear axle tube on the rear side, letters and numerals 3/16 in. high, 3 in. outboard of carrier.

Codes - Non-Locking Codes - Locking Ratio Inspection Cover
GB GC 2.73 (std. lining) 10 Bolt
GD GE 2.73 (metallic lining 10 Bolt
CX CD 3.07 (std. lining) 12 Bolt
CJ CK 3.07 (metallic lining 12 Bolt
CA CE 3.08 (std. lining) 10 Bolt
CL CM 3.08 (metallic lining) 10 Bolt
CW CF 3.31 (std. lining) 12 Bolt
CN CO 3.31 (metallic lining 12 Bolt
CB CG 3.36 (std. lining) 10 Bolt
CP CQ 3.36 (metallic lining) 10 Bolt
  CR 3.70 (std. lining) 10 Bolt
CH CS 3.70 (metallic lining) 10 Bolt
CC, CV CI 3.73 (std. lining) 12 Bolt
CT CU 3.73 (metallic lining 12 Bolt
Manufacturer Identity
B - Buick C - Chevrolet Buffalo
O - Oldsmobile K - GM of Canada, St. Catharines
P - Pontiac M - GM of Canada
G - Chevrolet Gear & Axle  

Paint Codes - Exterior Colors

Color Name / Code Color Image Color Name / Code Color Image

A - Tuxedo Black
Lucite® Code - 88
Dulux® Code - 93-005

N - Madeira Maroon
Lucite® Code - 4624LH
Dulux® Code - 181-97213M

C - Ermine White
Lucite® Code - 4024L
Dulux® Code - 93-93774

P - Evening Orchid
Lucite® Code - 4632L
Dulux® Code - 181-97221

D - Mist Blue
Lucite® Code - 4630L
Dulux® Code - 181-972219

R - Regal Red
Lucite® Code - 4625LH
Dulux® Code - 93-97540H

E - Danube Blue
Lucite® Code - 4631L
Dulux® Code - 181-97220

S - Sierra Tan
Lucite® Code - 4626L
Dulux® Code - 181-97215

H - Willow Green
Lucite® Code - 4633L
Dulux® Code - 181-97223

V - Cameo Beige
Lucite® Code - 4401L
Dulux® Code - 93-96261

J - Cypress Green
Lucite® Code - 4634L
Dulux® Code - 181-97224

W - Glacier Gray
Lucite® Code - 4623L
Dulux® Code - 181-97212

K - Artesian Turquoise
Lucite® Code - 4628L
Dulux® Code - 181-97217

Y - Goldwood Yellow
Lucite® Code - 4620L
Dulux® Code - 93-96908

L - Tahitian Turquoise
Lucite® Code - 4629L
Dulux® Code - 181-97218
 
NOTES: General Motors paint code plate for all models except Corvair and Corvette is located under the hood at the top of the firewall on the left or right of the upper shroud. Corvair paint code plate is on the left rear wheel housing. Corvette paint code plate is under the dash, below the glove compartment.
 

Paint Codes - Interior Colors

Color Name / Code Color Image Color Name / Code Color Image

White
Lucite® Code - 4024L (semi-gloss)

Dark Green
Lucite® Code - 9225LH (flat)

Light Fawn
Lucite® Code - 9170 (semi-gloss)
Midnight Green
Lucite® Code - 9193LH (flat)
Medium Fawn
Lucite® Code - 9171LH (semi-gloss)
Medium Turquoise
Lucite® Code - 4628L (semi-gloss)
Medium Dark Fawn
Lucite® Code - 9182L (semi-gloss)
Dark Turquoise
Lucite® Code - 9176LM (semi-gloss)
Medium Dark Fawn
Lucite® Code - 9202LH (flat)
Dark Turquoise
Lucite® Code - 9197LH (flat)

Medium Saddle
Lucite® Code - 4626L (semi-gloss)

Medium Blue
Lucite® Code - 4630L (semi-gloss)

Dark Saddle
Lucite® Code - 9178LH (semi-gloss)

Dark Blue
Lucite® Code - 9172LH (semi-gloss)

Dark Saddle
Lucite® Code - 9199LH (flat)

Dark Blue
Lucite® Code - 9194LH (flat)

Medium Slate
Lucite® Code - 4623L (semi-gloss)
Red
Lucite® Code - 9183LM (semi-gloss)
Dark Slate
Lucite® Code - 9175LH (semi-gloss)
Medium Red
Lucite® Code - 4625LH (semi-gloss)
Dark Slate
Lucite® Code - 9196LH (flat)
Dark Red
Lucite® Code - 9201LM (flat)
Gunmetal
Lucite® Code - 9191LH (flat)
Black
Lucite® Code - 88 (semi-gloss)
Medium Green
Lucite® Code - 4633L (semi-gloss)

Black
Lucite® Code - 4428L (flat)

NOTE: Unpolished LUCITE® will generally produce a gloss comparable to original interior semi-gloss finishes. If lower gloss is required, use DuPont #4528 flattening compound to reduce gloss.

 

Trunk Colors (spatter finish)

Gray 389-195

 
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