General Motors and Chevrolet were eager to get into the mid-size car game and compete with the Ford Fairlane. As such, the General created the A-body platform that would serve Chevrolet, Pontiac, Oldmosbile and Buick. The A-body platform was initially similar in shape and size to the popular 1955-1957 Chevrolet Bel-Air. Chevrolet’s version of the A-body would be the Chevelle and Chevelle would be offered in coupes, sedans, convertibles and station wagons. The Chevelle name would car on in a variety of forms until 1976. Other version of the A-body would be the Pontiac Tempest/Lemans, Oldsmobile F-85/Cutlass, and the Buick Century.
1964 Chevrolet Chevelle
The first Chevelle was used a 115-inch wheelbase. It was offered as a two-door hardtop coupe, convertible, four-door sedan, and four-door station wagon. The two-door hardtops were called Sport coupes. Four-door hardtops were called Sport Sedans. Coupes and sedans were available in upscale Malibu trim. A Super Sport package, the “SS”, was available on the Chevelle Malibu coupe and convertible. The Chevelle SS was Chevrolet’s muscle car. Station wagons were available in two and four door varieties. The Chevelle station wagons were available in Greenbrier, Concours, and Concours Estate, trim levels. The Chevelle offered inline six and and V8 engines.
1965 Chevrolet Chevelle
The 1965 Chevelle was little changed from the 1964 model. However, Chevrolet tweaked the powerplants. New in 1965 was a 327 cubic inch V8 with 350 horsepower and a limited edition 396 V8 engine avilable on the Chevelle coupe. The special edition coupes with the 396 came with the stiffer frame of the Chevelle convertible, heavy-duty suspensions and front and rear anti-roll bars.
The Chevelle would receive a new body in 1966. See our post on the 1967-1968 Chevrolet Chevelle for information on the car.
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