The Chevrolet Chevelle that we have all come to know and love was first introduced for the 1964 model year. General Motors put a lot of stock in the Chevelle lineup and there were Chevelles offered in many different body styles including a four-door sedan, a two-door coupe, a convertible and even a four-door station wagon.
However, 1964 was a time when the true muscle car era was starting to take shape. So Chevrolet wanted to have a player within the Chevelle line, and to this end they included the Chevelle Malibu SS or super sport package.
The 1964 Chevelle Malibu SS was actually at a disadvantage in terms of power because the largest engine available was the 327 cubic inch V8 that could whip up 300 hp. By comparison, the 1964 Pontiac GTO could be had with the behemoth 389 V8 that packed quite a wallop in its midsize body. Production was rather robust for the 1964 Chevelle Malibu SS with over 78,800 units produced.
1965 was another story when it came to Chevelle Malibu SS power. Chevrolet wasn’t fooling around anymore and they introduced what we know as the Z-16 package. These truly classic and rare muscle cars were powered by a 396 cubic inch V8 that was rated at 375 bhp.
When we say that these babies are rare, we are not kidding. There were a total of 201 (one convertible and 200 hard tops) 1965 Chevelle Malibu SS vehicles produced with the Z-16 package, and if you have one of them we would definitely like to hear what you have to say about it in the comment section. And even if you don’t, feel free to let us know your thoughts regarding this unforgettable classic Chevelle.