Spotlighting Chevy’s Mid-Sixties Super Sport Series
When you think of classic Chevy cars from the sixties, one model typically jumps into your mind: The Camaro.
Holding one of the top spots among the greatest muscle cars ever built, it’s easy to see why Camaros are such a popular choice for restoration projects.
Yet as a true classic car enthusiast, don’t you want your restored ride to be truly unique? While you’ll no doubt have a lot fun with a classic Camaro, yours might easily be lost amongst the crowd at your local auto shows.
You don’t have to stray too far from that style, however, to find a unique ride. You may not even have to leave the Chevy family.
Any of the vehicles from the 1964-67 Chevrolet Chevelle or Chevelle Malibu lines are sure to be attention grabbers. Many often confuse these for simply being different option packages for Chevy’s Super Sport line. In reality, each style has several unique differences.
Three Early Models, Few Performance Changes
The first generation of the Sport Series offered three models:
- The Chevelle 300
- The Malibu
- The Malibu Super Sport
All were built on GM’s classic rear wheel drive A-body, using a four link rear suspension similar to those found in Chevy’s full size models, and also featuring front disc brakes along with a dual master cylinder brake system.
Yet while the 1964-67 Chevelle Malibu and Chevelle 300 were also available in 4-door sedan, hardtop, or station wagon styles, the Malibu SS was only available in a 2-door package. In terms of performance, it differed little from its sister models (all of which came with either a V6 or V8).
The Short-Lived Z16 and the 1966 Facelift
That changed in 1965, with the introduction of the RPO Z16 option package to the Malibu SS line. Performance was ramped up compared to other options from the 1964-67 Chevrolet Chevelle and Malibu series thanks to upgrading to a 375-hp L37 396 Turbo-Jet engine. This model only lasted one year, however, with only 201 actually being built (making the SS Z16 an extremely rare find).
1966 saw the Malibu SS Z16 give way to the SS396 (with base models offering a 325-hp L35 engine, though one could still upgrade to the 396). The entire line also underwent a facelift, experiencing a re-contouring with new grille and bumper treatment as well as rear fender lines (though the SS396 was still only offered as a two-door).
That excitement you’re feeling right now is the thought of rolling down your neighborhood roads in a beautiful 1964-67 Chevrolet Chevelle or Malibu SS.
You’re virtually guaranteed to draw quite a crowd with either of these cars. That crowd will not only want to marvel at your ride’s body, but also at the work you put into restoring its interior.
We here at Legendary Auto Interiors can help you with that. No matter if you need mats, trim, or upholstery, we’ve got you covered. Just enter your information in our contact page, and a representative can get back to you with more details about our exclusive inventory.
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