The Chevrolet Chevelle was a mid-sized automobile from Chevrolet in 1964. It was produced from 1964 through 1977 (some argue that 1972 was the last year) and was one of General Motors’ most successful cars. Chevelle models ranged from economical family cars to powerful coupes and convertibles. The Malibu, at first the top trim level in the Chevelle line, replaced the Chevelle name entirely after 1977.
The Chevelle chassis (based on the reengineered GM A platform) provided the platform for the Chevrolet Monte Carlo in 1970, a very successful model itself. A utility pickup, the El Camino, was part of the lineup and, depending on the year, was available in 300/300 Deluxe trim level, Malibu trim level and the one-year only SS396. The El Camino and its GMC counterpart outlived its passenger car counterpart until their demise in 1987.
Chevrolet Chevelle 1964 to 1967
The Chevelle SS represented Chevrolet’s entry into the muscle car battle. Early 1964 and 1965 Chevelles had a Malibu SS badge on the rear quarter panel (the sought-after Z16 option had the emblem on the front fender, where 201 Malibu SS 396s were produced);after 1965, the Malibu SS badging disappeared except for those sold in Canada. The Chevelle SS, which became a regular series of its own in 1966 called the SS 396, was the high performance version and had its own line of engines and performance equipment. The performance engines available included 327 in, 350 in, and 396 in V8s – rated at 325, 350 and 375 hp respectively.