1965 Chevy Chevelle (Resto Mod) – When you’re King of the Hill as GM was in the early 1960’s, and own 50% of the entire market (with 25% of the entire market being Chevrolet alone), you can afford to let the little guys “go first.” At least that’s how GM played their cards with the Malibu. Ford introduced an entirely new category of car, the “intermediate”, in 1962 with their Fairlane, which seemed far more substantial than the ½-size–smaller, not-quite-intermediate “large compact” GM brethren from Pontiac, Oldsmobile and Buick which were introduced a year earlier. By 1964, these “BOPers” as they were called joined the all-new Chevrolet Chevelle and upscale version, Malibu, on a new perimeter frame and firmly ensconced themselves in the “intermediate” market. With Chevrolet being the major player in the GM stable, it only seemed fitting that these cars were given much publicity by the auto magazines of the day. The basic engine was the 194 cubic inch six shared with the Nova, with a larger 230 six shared with the senior cars optional, and a 283 V-8 with up to 220hp for 1964. An SS option was immediately available, as was a new Chevrolet Division sourced four speed floor shift. Initial descriptions of the Malibu did not include the 327 V-8 option which magically appeared before the end of 1964, boosting maximum power to 300 hp. Curved side glass and crisp styling combined with sparkling small block V-8 performance helped give these cars a nice send-off, and given the fact that compact sales had started to wane during 1963, these cars proved to be perfectly timed to capture the mood of America, which was once again moving towards somewhat larger, sportier and more powerful cars. These cars were masterfully done. By mid-year 1965, a 396 cubic inch 375-hp big-block was optional, a good 18 months after GM brethren Pontiac introduced their powerful GTO, and the race was on. 1966 saw a reskin, for a then fashionable Coke bottle look, with “flying buttress” rear roof styling on 2 door sports coupes.
This incredible 1965 Malibu SS is the result of many, many hours of exceptional craftsmanship. Much of the work completed on this build took place at the legendary Boyd Coddington Garage. The Malibu was that sold at Barrett Jackson after completion and remained in a private collection for the last 10+/- years. It has been stored in a climate controlled garage, has been very well maintained, and driven occasionally to shows by the current caretaker. In total this beautiful Chevy has seen less than 3k miles of asphalt since completion and looks showroom new. Per statements from the previous and current owner, this Malibu SS drives amazing! Each have owned several classic/ resto-mods/sports cars and rank this Chevy as one of the best handling vehicles they have ever driven. The most recent owner has spent approximately $15k in the last 2 year making minor changes and upgrades. The result is an amazing resto-mod that needs absolutely nothing but a new garage to call home. Some highlights and features of this build include; matching numbers 327ci w/ upgraded heads, New Patriot Headers/Dual Exhaust, Vintage Air front runner serpentine belt system, Power Steering, New Master Cylinder, Disc Brakes up front, New Rear Drum Brakes, Upgraded Moser Axles, Eaton 4:10 Posi Rear End, New Rear Coil Springs, freshly rebuilt 700R4 Transmission, Rebuilt Driveshaft, Kenwood KDC-BT272U Bluetooth Stereo, Autometer Gauges, Power Seats, OptimaMax Battery, Electronic Door Poppers & Trunk Latch, Tilt Wheel, Tinted Glass, Chrome Bumpers/Grill/Mirrors, Cloth Floormats, House of Colors Extreme Green paint, Bone Vinyl Buckets, Boyd Coddington Junk Yard Dog Rims, and Thick Hankook Tires! This Malibu drives like new, is a multiple award winner, and is one you don’t want to let slip away!