350 Powered: 1965 Chevelle Malibu Sport Coupe

In the mid-1960s, Chevrolet was looking to fill a gap between the compact Chevy II and its full-size cars led by the Impala. Their answer was the mid-size Chevelle which debuted for 1964. It was successful and would run under that nameplate or as the Malibu through the 1970s. For the first several years, the Malibu was the upscale version of the Chevelle, which would include the seller’s previously restored ’65 model. It looks to be beautifully preserved and is available here on Barn Finds Classifieds and through eBay where the bidding has reached $15,100 but the reserve is unmet. Marsing, Idaho is where the car can be found in case you were in the mood for a road trip.

This 1965 Malibu was treated to a complete restoration in 2015 after living in a barn for 15 years. It has seen only 5,000 miles of use since that work was done, mainly going to car shows and the like. A beautiful job was made of it and Super Sport branding was added to the car. But the seller doesn’t promote it as an SS and the VIN number suggests it left the factory as a Malibu sport coupe with a V8 engine, the 327 being the most likely choice. Whatever was under the hood before has been replaced by a then-new crate 350 cubic inch engine flanked by a 700r4 automatic transmission. Adding a performance element to the car is a Street Avenger carburetor and dual exhaust. We’re told the Chevy runs well and performs as you might expect.

The body and paint look great, and the only wear after the past six years would be a little bubbling by one of the wheel wells which may just be a flaw in the paint. The glass is all good with a few scratches on the door glass from use. Another indication that the car isn’t a true SS is that it has a bench seat and column shifter rather than buckets with a console. But the interior rework was well done with no flaws to note now. Aftermarket air conditioning was added as a comfort feature for the car’s occupants.

Rather than wearing standard steel wheels and covers, this Malibu has a set of those cool Rally wheels, but they wouldn’t arrive at Chevrolet for another couple of years. The odometer reading is 52,000 which could be accurate given the car’s storage prior to its restoration. Online price guides suggest a sweet ’65 Malibu is worth around $25,000, but this car has some upgrades that could push its value higher. While the Malibu may not be stock and not a true Super Sport, it’s still one sweet machine that would be a nice addition to most Chevy muscle car collections.


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  1. nycbjr Member

    Where are the HVAC controls?

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  2. Jcs

    I like her but the tailpipes strike me as being just a little too large, an easy fix. Just throwin that out there.

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  3. BlondeUXB Member

    Weren’t SS grills blacked out (?)

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    • Martin M

      If I remember correctly the SS also came with bucket seats.

      • PRA4SNW PRA4SNW Member

        The seller cleverly averts the SS questions by never claiming it is an SS or even an SS clone. I guess they liked how the SS emblems look, so added them to the build.

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  4. stan holton

    does anyone have anything positive to say,lets face it its not pure but looks like a nice driver

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  5. Rustytech Member

    Those three vertical controls partially obscured by the steering wheel are the HVAC controls. They are located in the same position as on my 65 Corsair. Nice Chevelle here, I would love to add it to my stable.

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  6. Robert Johnson

    How do I ask about buying, is the bubbling in the paint rust?

  7. Troy s

    Hot looking old Chevelle, the kind I would have seen cruising Second street on Friday night or parked with a bunch of other machines….same dumb street same night. Thats what I see here, a turn key cruiser. Enjoy!

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  8. JoeNYWF64

    I don’t see a heater core or evaporator. Where are the heater hoses going? lol
    1st time i seen a later GM compressor fitted to an older car, instead of a vintage air compressor.

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