’65 Chevelle SS From Mecum Has Low Miles And Is Documented

Photo: Mecum Auto Auctions

Photo: Mecum Auto Auctions

Since its introduction in 1964, the Chevelle has always been the Chev enthusiast’s first choice for mid-sized muscle. From the time of its introduction, the mid-sized sedan from Chevy had been offered with various styling trims and performance packages, but as the ’60s gems become increasingly scarce and expensive, enthusiasts are looking to grab-on to the most premium-optioned cars that are still in existence.

One of the most premium-optioned of the early, ’64-’65 Chevelle/Malibu fleet was the SS, L-79 option, which included Chevy’s most potent version of the small block for that time, the 350-horse version of Chevy’s Turbo-Fire, 327 V8. This particular L-79 car from Mecum is an original, “Regal Red” ’65 Chevelle SS with less than 37,000 original miles accumulated. The L-79 Chevelle is also documented, with original sales records dating back to Walls Chevrolet of Konawa, Oklahoma, including the Owner’s Protection Plan, original “Protect-O-Plate” and owner’s manual.

This '65 L-79 optioned, Chevelle SS from Mecum features SS-correct bucket seats with correct trim, and a 350-horse, L-79 small block V8 (Photos: Mecum).

Under the hood of this stout SS is a correct, L-79 327 small block with the famous L-79 dual-snorkel air cleaner, aluminum intake, high-lift cam and 11.1:1 compression to make 350bhp. The small block chases a Muncie, M20 synchromesh 4-speed, which is also factory-correct. The SS trim package includes a gauge cluster and special, glovebox insignia, a chrome-trimmed console and black bucket seats.

Photo: Mecum Auto Auctions

Historically speaking, the Chevelle was Chevy’s introduction into the world of mid-sized, super-stock worthy performance. For the mid-sized GM enthusiast who is looking for a well-optioned car with plenty of paperwork to back it up, this L-79 optioned, ’65 SS is a perfect platform, but as the die-hard enthusiasts “mob” these cars up, it is most likely that they will become–if not already–among the rarest of gems in the realm of all-things General.

About the author

Salvatore Alaimo

After graduating from California State University, Northridge, California, Sal Alaimo Jr. has continued with his passion of the automotive industry. Alaimo's been an auto enthusiast since his early years, and grew up learning about cars from his father, Sal Alaimo Sr. If its got a set of fat rear tires and 8-cylinders, Alaimo Jr. is all for it. Today, Alaimo Jr. brings with him a pool of enthusiasm and pride as a contributing freelance writer for Chevy Hardcore.
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