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Class Of ’65, Part 1 - Back in the Day

Doug Marion Jan 19, 2015
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As cool as the hot 1955-’64 Chevrolets were, the same and a bit more can be said for the 1965-’70 models. Add another 25 percent sizzle-factor. The difference would include the potent/larger small-block and big-block Novas, Camaros, Chevelles, and Corvettes. Sprinkle on all the solid-lifter, big-block fullsize cars circa 1965-’69 and Chevy’s annual performance marathon proved to be enormous.

Interestingly, the all-new 1965 Impala set sales records totaling 871,333. Would you believe that 94 percent were V-8–powered? Impala Super Sport sales totaled 243,114 of which 239,470 packed a V-8. That leaves 3,644 SS boats with six-bangers. Try to find one of these today. Further, Chevelle sales totaled a whopping 378,618.

The rarest 1965 Chevy big car we never saw new was the RPO Z18 Caprice. It was described on Chevrolet’s Order Sheet as “Caprice Custom Sedan Equipment.” In all, 40,393 were sold, not a lot in the overall scheme of things.

For the record, 1965 Chevrolet passenger car sales totaled 2,407,978. This bested 1964 sales by 73,104.

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01. Lou Baksa’s loaded Impala SS 409 is the best I’ve ever seen.

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02. “Mr. ’65 Z16” Jerry Huffman built a daily driver like no other, this superb Chevelle Malibu SS convertible.

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03. We’ve gone on record for years that a ’65 L78, 396 Chevy big car ran high 11s with headers, slicks, ram-air, and super-tuning. Here you go!

Four-Speed-Equipped ’65 Chevys
Big Car 62.029
Chevelle 39,092.00
Corvette 21,137.00
Chevy II 2,014.00
Special Engines
L31 400hp 409 742.00
L33 340hp 409 2,056.00
L35 325hp 396 55,454.00
L78 375hp 396 1,838.00
L78 425hp 396 Vette 2,157.00
L79 350hp 327 Vette 4,716.00
L79 350hp 327 Chevelle 6,021.00

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