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History of the 1964-1967 Chevrolet Chevelle
Chevrolet’s Chevelle, based on General Motors' new mid-sized A-body platform with its 115-inch wheelbase, debuted to rave reviews in August 1963. Within three months, the latest in Chevy's five model lines represented its second-best seller. Along with the reborn El Camino (marketed as a truck), the Chevelle family included the yeoman “300” series (available in two- and four-door sedan and two- and four-door station wagon forms) and the upscale Malibu, offered as a four-door sedan, two-door sport coupe or convertible, and two- or four-door station wagon. Both the 300 and Malibu series featured six-cylinder and V-8 lines.
The cream of the crop was the snazzy Super Sport, based on either a Malibu coupe or convertible. Any Chevelle engine, six- or eight-holer, was available for a 1964-65 SS. Then along came the first of Chevy's legendary SS 396 Malibus in February 1965. Only 201 of these were built, including one clandestine convertible. All were powered by 375-horsepower 396-cid big-block V-8s.
A modernized Chevelle body appeared for 1966 with hints of the trendy “Coke-bottle” shape that would emerge in full-force two years later. The coupe's “tunneled” rear glass was truly fresh, a styling trick that also blossomed in the Corvette ranks in 1968. The 300, Malibu and El Camino pecking order rolled over, as did most mechanicals, but the two-door station wagon variant did not return. Six-cylinder and V-8 lines also remained in place, with the latter again consisting of either 283- or 327-cid small-blocks.
The garden-variety Chevelle SS fitted with either six-cylinder or small-block power didn't return either, but that wasn't bad news. Beginning in 1966, it was big-block or no block for Super Sport lovers as the SS 396 Chevelle went from limited-edition showboat to mass-market muscle car. Cutting back in standard frills lowered the SS 396's price by roughly $1,500, surging production to more than 72,000. Optional front disc brakes and familiar Rally wheels appeared in 1967.
1967 Chevrolet Chevelle Malibu Info
2dr Sport Coupe
4dr Sport Sedan
4dr Station Wagon
6-cyl. 230cid/140hp 1bbl
6-cyl. 250cid/155hp 1bbl
8-cyl. 327cid/275hp 4bbl L30
8-cyl. 283cid/195hp 2bbl L32
8-cyl. 327cid/325hp 4bbl L79
Curb Weight: 2980 lbs.
Length: 197 in.
Wheel Base: 115 in.
3-Speed Manual Transmission
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