Teal Sleeper: 1965 Chevrolet Chevelle SS

Brian BirknerBy Brian Birkner

Some cars in their lifetimes under go all sorts of transformations, or hack jobs, but thankfully, this ’66 Chevelle has only seen a drivetrain transformation. With a survivor like appearance, this Chevelle has an alluring look, and would make for a great car to drive and restore at the same time. With 5 days remaining, bidding has reached $3,950 with the reserve not met. Find it here on eBay out of Yakima, Washington.

Beneath the teal hood lies the heartbeat of America. A Chevrolet 350, with a 350 turbo transmission mated to a Ford 9 inch rear. Better prepared for the strip with more power, and a heavy duty axle, this Chevelle looks like it would be a fun project. Although hopefully you have strong legs as this car has manual brakes.  The engine is painted and shows little rust, but it has stock style manifolds on it. There are no specs on the engine, so I assume it to be dressed up, and not really “tuned” up. The engine bay is in nice condition with only a few minor areas with some rust. This engine bay could be detailed and touched up yielding an excellent appearance.

A bit of a sleeper, this Chevy appears to be completely stock from the exterior. The paint is mostly there, but there is a chipped area on the passenger door. The rear wheel arch on the passenger side has some rust, but it is small area, so you could likely get away with it like that for a few years, if used as a fair weather cruiser. I would be willing to bet that the paint could be buffed, giving a nice look, and the interior could be spruced up as well. The front seats are split, and there is no headliner, but those are items that could be worked on while enjoying the car. With solid floors, and the seller claiming it can be driven across country, would you jump in this teal Chevelle?

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  1. Angrymike

    Am I wrong or is that double hump heads on the engine !!
    I’d take in a heartbeat, I loved my 65 vert 327 4 speed vert ,!

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    • Angrymike

      This isn’t my 65, but it’s the same color, and I’d Awesome !

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    • Angrymike

      I still have the chrome running boards to cover the rockers in great condition, let me know if anyone is interested……..
      angrymike427@gmail.

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  2. 35yrbodyman

    Its showing a 6-cyl tag. Paint is non-orig color. And there is WAY more rust than described. I’d be leery of the heritage. Especially in Yakima area. It can be as bad as East coast there, in regards to climate/use et.al.
    Not dissing either car or seller, but definitely a lot of potential work, even as a driver.

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  3. Royal Ricci

    Why do people always put ford stuff into a chevy and vice versa. Unless you are building a hot rod, keep it pure. I know the 9 inch is a desirable rear, but hell, go build a ford if you love it that much.

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    • Tom Member

      Thumbs up! And the color!!?? IF Pepto Bismol had a shade of green…….just sayin.

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  4. Terry J

    Huh? Yakima is dry country. Never salted roads. If it lived it’s life there, it would be a good one to take a hard look at. :-)Terry J

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  5. Larry

    Nice car, but by the looks of that trunk floor and right quarter, I wonder if the floorboards are rust free as described. If born a real SS and a 6 cylinder (emblem on the left fender not on the right) can be believed, it could be a rare bird. Can anyone decipher the VIN?

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    • Tom Member

      Not a Chevelle expert but never knew of a SS with a 6 cyl. Small block V8 yes. I could be wrong. Been wrong before, just ask my wife!

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      • Tom Member

        My buddy once had a guy come into his auto service center to get his Ford Nova worked on. I guess the big PRISM Ford Sticker in the rear window authenticated it making it one of none made! Slap an emblem or sticker on it and WHAMO!!!! ITS AN SS MAN!! Ok, I’m done.

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      • Robert White

        My 1966 Acadian Canso Sport Deluxe originally came with an inline 194 six cylinder from the factory. If a buyer wanted the SS trim package, and an inline six, the dealer just ticked that option that the buyer ordered.

        Bob

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      • Angrymike

        The SS option was just that in the beginning, you could get any engine Chevy built……

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  6. Anthony Rodrigues

    Body style 65-13737 indicates a 65 Chevelle SS 6 cyl would be 65-13837 if it was a V8

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  7. 68 custom

    I like it and while it is cool that it was born with a six cylinder I would rather have a V8. a 9 inch ford is good as well, but it looks like there is more rust than the owner wants to admit. I would definitely find another 6 cylinder flag for the other fender though!

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    • Rod

      I agree about the rust. The wheel wheels above the rear wheels look like there could be considerable bondo on them.

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      • Rod

        Sorry should have read rear quarter panels above the wheels.

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  8. JW454

    They should have gone back to the original white on the repaint.

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  9. Tonyf

    Did anyone notice two different valve covers on the engine ?. The right side cover is stock and orange ….. strange

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    • racer99

      Sure also looks like the left front wheel is pushed back in the wheel well — maybe just the camera angle but might explain the difference in the fenders left to right. Probably fairly priced at $5K +/- — would wonder if it’s worth much more.

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  10. Gerald

    Do any of you know anything about a 1968 Chevy Concours(not the station wagon). All that has been done to it is a paint job and new wheels and tires.I know they are really rare,but not worth all that much either.Cant seem to find any expert opinions on this car…. would appreciate any info on this car!

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  11. Dan

    I owned a ’64 chevelle many years ago, was an SS and original 6 cyclinder car, bucket seats and console. Little 230 engine had a chrome valve cover, chrome air cleaner and even a chrome dipstick…lol….yes you could get a 6 banger SS in ’64 and ’65 just like Anthony pointed out above.

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  12. Keruth

    1st car I had, a ’64 Impala SS, hardtop, 283 2v, Slip-n-Slide. The interior was all there was to the SS part, lol!
    Like Leno did, just check the right boxes!

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  13. Blindmarc

    It would take a country mile to stop this thing if you were going over 70. Brake system upgrade would be at the top of my list after complete fluid changes.

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  14. erikj

    The ss did come with a base 6cyl. But most people ordered a v-8,I would, why buy the ss and not add the v-8 ? This” 65″ Is not that bad and looks like a six to start. Very common and easy to swap a v-8 in. Lots happens from 1965.

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  15. Levi77

    Not an expert, but the suspension seems lowered.

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  16. gregg Member

    doesn’t look like a Ford 9″ under there.

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    • George

      yeah i didnt think so either…

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  17. Ralph Robichaud

    I’m sorry to say, this has no appeal for me.. Looks/sounds like a butchered job,
    bad paint,saggy stance, missing trim, under hood components of dubious origin.
    a hack job. Pass.

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  18. KevinW

    Doesn’t quite add up to a sleeper, although it could be made into one. I concur with JW454, repaint to factory white. I’ve been turned off of this color since everyone and they’re grandmas had a street rod painted this color in the nineties.

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  19. Canso Mike

    Keruth There was more than interior to the 64 SS it has different side moldings Wheel covers and was a separate model in 64 although it could be had with any engine chevy had at the time,

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