1965 Chevrolet Chevelle Review

1965 Chevrolet Chevelle 230 6 cylinder (straight) from North America

Year of manufacture1965
First year of ownership1986
Most recent year of ownership1988
Engine and transmission 230 6 cylinder (straight) Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired105000 miles
Most recent distance140000 miles
Previous carBuick LeSabre

Summary:

One of the best 4 door cars GM has ever made

Faults:

This car was excellent. The end finally came when the rings went. My mechanic didn't want to do the work, for fear of breaking manifold bolts, so I junked it.

Besides that, no major problems.

General Comments:

I bought the car from a friend's grandfather in 1986. At the time it was 21 years old.

Put beige seat covers on the bench seats to match the interior, and the car was a hit. Exterior color of the car was black.

The car had manual steering and remains the best handling car I have owned. The car was 4 door, had coil springs and an independent suspension. The body was light, so the car flew on the highway.

Replaced the AM radio with a tape deck, waxed it and kept it clean. For a 4 door car, it kept the chicks coming. Even my boss constantly gave me complements on the car. Everyone was intrigued by the all metal dashboard. If I remember correctly, padded dashboards were an option on that car in '65. I did all my own tune up's as the "small" 230 cubic inch motor was in-line. Gapping spark plugs and installing them in the engine took no more than 15 minutes. Oil changes were also a snap, but I went one stretch for 7 months without changing the oil. That was in the summer, and I logged near 16,000 miles on the car alone.

I honestly do not remember paying more than $200 for any repair on the vehicle. If I knew more about repairs back then, I would have kept the car and replaced the engine. The transmission was checked once, and never made a peep.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st July, 2004

26th May 2008, 21:07

I have a 65 Malibu SS, owned it for about seven years. It still has the original paint and interior except for the carpet. It had about 37000 miles when I got it and about 43000 miles now. These are great cars, too bad people like to steal them.

Average review marks: 9.0 / 10, based on 1 review