Back in the early sixties Chevrolet saw there was demand for cars both smaller and cheaper models than their full-size models – the result was the launch of the Chevelle for the 1964 model year.
These great cars sat just above the Compact Chevy II and soon became known as the “Senior Compact”. It was a car that really appealed to the baby boomers who had now outgrown their 1955-57 Chevrolets.
Here’s an example of a very cool ’64 Chevelle wagon that is a little different. For starters you might be looking at it and thinking, “that’s a ’65!”. It really is a ’64 but, preferring the look, the owner put a 1965 front facia on it. That isn’t the only thing that is different since it left the assembly plant in Los Angeles, CA way back in the mid-sixties – you wait until you see what is under the hood.
The Chevelle series contained 11 different models split into 2 lines, the 300 and Malibu with the latter being the upper level. The Malibu could be easier identified with its rear fender badging and full-length mid-bodyside moldings..
Check out the fabulous condition of the medium red imitation leather interior (code 774). It’s the one it left the factory in and is in remarkable condition. Even the color-keyed deep-twist carpet that came standard with the Malibu is the original.
Check out this beautifully done custom show interior, This instrument panel has been changed too and now features Dakota digital VHX analog gauges.
This Chevelle did start life with a V8 with the base one being a 220 horsepower, 283 cubic inch with a 4-barrel carburetor. However, it now has a Corvette LS1 that produces 335 hp and is paired with a 4L60 4 speed automatic Transmission.
If you wanted one of these 6 passenger station wagons when they were new, prices started at $2,528 for the six-cylinder and $2,636 for the V8. Chevrolet managed to sell just 2,710 Chevelle 2-door wagons making them quite rare these days – especially as many led a very hard life and didn’t survive.
This Chevelle Wagon is currently for sale on eBay. (follow the link for more photos)