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EXCLUSIVE: 1965 Chevrolet Chevelle Malibu


In the 1960s, it seems like Chevrolet was always following Ford. The Chevy II was their response to the Falcon, the Camaro their answer to the Mustang and the Chevelle was their Fairlane fighter. Ford might have been the trendsetter, but Chevy’s products tended to sell well. That’s especially true for the Chevelle, with over 330k sold in its first year! Today, the Chevelle is easily one of the most popular muscle cars ever built. So, if you’ve been on the hunt for one, reader Joe C has decided it’s time to part ways with his 1965 Chevelle Malibu. It’s been parked in his garage in Hickory, North Carolina since 2006, so it’s a bit of a project.

This Malibu isn’t the highly sought after SS trim level, but it is a 327 V8 car. Chevrolet’s decision to offer the Chevelle with a wide range of engines and trim options is what made it stand out from it’s Ford competitor. You could get one with a fuel-sipping inline-six or a ground thumping 396 cui V8! This made it popular with both budget-minded consumers and go-fast gearheads. The 327 was a good option for those that wanted more performance but didn’t want to go all-in on a 396. You could get the 327 in one of several output levels, ranging from 250 horsepower up to 350. This one is the 250 hp L30 and is paired to a Powerglide automatic with a 3.07 rear end. Joe hasn’t started the engine since 2007, but it ran and drove at that time. Hopefully, with nothing more than a tune-up and some fresh fuel, it will run again!

The SS trim level was just that, a trim package that added bucket seats, a center console and a few other unique features. They are nice features to have, but if you were going for a stripped-down racer, the non-SS Malibu like this one was the way to go. It was a bit cheaper and saved you a little weight. As you can see, this car’s interior is needing some work, but it appears to be complete. Thankfully, parts are readily available for these and you could start enjoying this one while you work on restoring it.

It might not be a super high trim level car, but this Malibu looks to be in solid shape. The worn through paint definitely isn’t for everyone, but if you are into the patina look, this one definitely has it. Personally, I’d want to get it running and driving, the interior sorted and then worry about getting it painted. It sure would look great with a fresh coat of Regal Red paint! If you’ve been on the hunt for a Chevelle Malibu to restore or modify into the ultimate muscle machine, this one is definitely worth a look. Please leave questions in the comments and make him your best offer!

  • Asking Price: $6,250
  • Location: Hickory, NC
  • Mileage: 16,692
  • Title Status: Clean
  • VIN: 136375K164827

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  1. Gaspumpchas

    Nice looking Malibu. I’m not crazy about the side trim, No pics of the trunk or underbelly. The ask is reasonable IMHO, especially if its clean underneath. Ditch the PG and slide a 4 or 5 speec in there. the 327 could stay!!! Good luck to the new owner!

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  2. buick bill

    sounds like a bs ad. if not the owner can call me ,im interested ! bill

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    • Josh Mortensen Staff

      Hi Bill,
      So the offer system requires a card to verify that you are legit and serious about buying the car. The seller doesn’t have access to any of your information. We put a temporary hold on your credit card, but that automatically clears if you don’t end up buying it. If you have any questions about how our offer system works, feel free to email us at mail@barnfinds.com

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  3. Classic Steel

    Its definitely not an SS as stated because the non SS models had the center chrome like this one and no SS badging on the right side of trunk lid.

    Its a cheaper price but i don’t get why our owner who said it used to run didn’t fire it up to help sell. He should of shown the under side too.

    The little things that help sell a car got
    more money 💰
    FYI.. One always laughs on mileage that shows low numbers 😉. Unless detailed service records and titling then assume 116 k

    Good luck on sale

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    • Josh Mortensen Staff

      No one said it was an SS. I stated that you could get an SS, but that this non-SS car was cheaper and lighter. If there’s something specific creating confusion, please let me know and I rewrite it!
      As for the mileage, Joe simply provided what is showing on the odometer, he doesn’t make any claims that the mileage is accurate. And I will see if he can get us photos of the underside.

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  4. Del

    I had a 64 with a Saginaw 4 speed.

    My first V8 car.

    Loved it. Very solid cars.

    This will clean up nicely

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  5. Joe Haska

    Being a native of Denver Colorado ,I can verify the Luby Chevrolet Paperwork, even looks like Papa Joe Luby, as he was called , signed it. He was the number one Chevrolet dealer in Colorado at that time.

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  6. rick solomon

    I too would like to see the trunk pan and under side to see how it is for rust. Also, is there a clear title etc? thanks, Rick

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  7. Stangalang

    Nope josh..not an SS BUT would make a nice clone if someone wanted to go that way with it. And hopefully the underside is in good shape..and change out that power glide for a 4 or 5 speed and definitely leave that sweet 327 in it even if it needs freshening 👍

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  8. Del

    What is with the SS comments ?

    Its not presented as an SS.

    Hello ?

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  9. 86_Vette_Convertible

    Overall looks like a good, honest car. Looks like it’s needing some attention but nothing dramatic unless there’s hidden rust or mechanical issues. Wish the seller the best.

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  10. Jim

    Hello Josh, I made the offer for the full asking price for the car. Wouldn’t it be reasonable to think that we should move forward with the purchase? It’s not an auction with a reserve. Can you let me know your position on this? Thanks, Jim

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    • Andrew

      I saw that someone offered the ask. IMHO it’s your car

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    • On and On On and On Member

      I agree with Andrew…………… Jim let us know what transpires. It should be yours.

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    • Gaspumpchas

      Good luck JIm Please keep us posted. The deals are what us gearheads live for!!

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    • Josh Mortensen Staff

      Hi Jim,
      I emailed you last night. Let me know if you didn’t get my email.

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  11. Larry Z

    Jim, it should be yours, and good luck with it. It’ll make a sweet ride.

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  12. Jim Luyk

    Thanks Josh for the follow up! Your email from last night ended up as spam. Special thanks to the Barnfind community for your comments and support! Nice to be a part of hard core gearheads looking to save cars!
    The offer was accepted! Once the purchase arrangements are concluded I will post what the BIG plans are going to happen to build of the Malibu! Cheers everyone!

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  13. CaCarDude

    Jim, Congratulations on the buy! This will make a very nice ride, keep us posted on the progress. I would keep the 327 and add a Muncie 4 spd as the only change. Happy Motoring!

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  14. Ed Smith

    Wow great buy I would leave it ais and restore it like a new one I had two of them loved them both and wish I had kept them as we all say

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  15. Bill

    I would think they are taking offers for a set period of time or until the seller feels it’s toped out.

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  16. Troy s

    327 makes for good times. I thought all these had been hopped up or crushed by now. Congrats.

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  17. Tony S

    Congrats Jim!

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  18. TimM

    If you get some underside pictures I’ll be a player on this one too!!! Josh!!!

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  19. Stevieg

    Great purchase Jim! I am jealous, but not vindictive lol. Keep us all posted on the progress.
    I think the seller was offering a very fair product that was priced right. Well bought & well sold.

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