The Chevrolet Chevelle made its debut in 1964 as a mid-size coupe meant to compete with the Ford Fairlane. Chevrolet hoped it would be as popular with families as the Bel Air was in the late 1950s. The Chevelle came in a wide range of body types: two-door coupes, pillared two-door sedans, four-door sedans, pillarless four-door hardtops, and convertibles. It was also offered with a choice of 11 engines, from the base inline six-cylinder engine to a V-8 with 396 cid.

Among all these choices, the luxury line was dubbed Chevelle Malibu, which could be purchased as convertibles with six-cylinder or V-8 engines. High-performance Chevelles, denoted with the letters SS (for Super Sport), represented Chevy’s early entry into the muscle car race, led by the Ford Mustang. The Chevelle Malibu SS396 might be the best of all worlds: It could be purchased as a turbocharged convertible with bucket seats.

The El Camino, a hybrid of a car and pickup truck called a coupe utility, was made based on the Chevelle body starting in 1964, and was sold as a muscle car. The El Camino had Deluxe, Malibu, SS, and SS396 editions.

For model year 1966, the Chevelle got the famous curvy “Coke bottle” body styling that was so popular. But the second generation was not introduced until 1968, when the Chevelle was completely redesigned with a long hood and short deck with “kick-up” in the back.

In 1969, former race car driver Don Yenko created his own trademark line of Chevelles, Camaros, and Novas. His limited-edition Chevelles are particularly popular with collectors, as they have the most powerful engines installed in a mid-size car at the time, a 427 cid V-8.

Chevelle got its most extensive redesign in 1973, when Chevy introduced the boxy “Colonnade Hardtop” intended to comply with new federal safety regulations protecting passengers from injury in roll-overs. The Chevelle name was discontinued in 1977, and the following year, the all the cars in the line were sold under the Chevy Malibu moniker.


Best of the Web (“Hall of Fame”)

Jims59.com

Jims59.com

Jim Snell’s tribute to the 1959 Chevy Impala and other Chevrolets (Bel Air, Two-Ten Wagon, etc.) from the 1950s a… [read review or visit site]

Hemmings Auto Blogs

Hemmings Auto Blogs

This great (and frequently updated) blog from the folks at Hemmings Motor News is a visual feast of old and new pho… [read review or visit site]



Clubs & Associations

Discussion Forums

Other Great Reference Sites

Most watched eBay auctions    

Chevrolet : Chevelle 1966 Chevelle Super Sport 396 360 Hp 4 Speed Muncie High Quality Frame OffChevrolet : Chevelle Malibu 1966 Chevelle Malibu ProjectChevrolet : Chevelle Laguna 1973 Chevrolet Chevelle Laguna 454Original Gm Muncie M-22 Rock Crusher 4 Speed Transmission Real Deal 1968 Trans!Original Gm Muncie 4 Speed Trans 1967 M-20 Wide Ratio Super Clean Very Rare CaseChevrolet : Camaro 1969 1969 Camaro Scca Race Car Chevelle Gm 4 SpeedChevrolet : Chevelle 300 Deluxe 1966 Chevrolet Chevelle Gorgeous Super SleeperChevrolet : Chevelle Malibu 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle Malibu Roller Project CarChevrolet : Chevelle 1967 Chevy Chevelle Ss Number Matching 396 Factory Ac Ps Factory Paint 138 VinChevrolet : Chevelle 2 Door Hard Top 1967 Chevelle Malibu 2 Door Hard TopChevrolet : Chevelle Ss Clone, Greenbrier Wagon, Ss Wagon, Corvette Lt 350 Roller, Working Ac, Ps, Pdb, Daily Driver Or Restomod1968 1969 Corvette Camaro Gto 442 Muncie M20 Wide Ratio 4 Speed TransmissionChevrolet : Chevelle Ss Ls5 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle Ss Rare Ls 5 Numbers Matching Drivetrain 31 K Miles Ls 6Chevrolet : Chevelle True Chevelle Malibu Ss Convertible 454 4-speed Rare, Fast & Beautiful Real Deal 1965 Chevelle Ss Convertible 4spd 454-v8 FreshChevrolet : Chevelle V8 1970 Chevelle With Bucket Seats And Console Posi Rear EndChevrolet : Chevelle 2 Door 1969 Chevelle 2 Door Hard TopChevrolet : Chevelle Malibu Ss 1969 Chevelle Ss 396 Ci 375 Hp M 22 Original Owner Docs Matching Off Frame RestoChevrolet : Chevelle Ss 1969 Chevrolet Chevelle 396Chevrolet : Chevelle Malibu Hardtop 2-door 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle Big Block 63 K Original MilesChevrolet : Chevelle Super Sport Chevelle Ss 1967 Code 138377....Chevrolet : Chevelle Malibu 1971 Chevrolet Chevelle Pro Touring Project CarChevrolet : Chevelle 300 Deluxe/ss 396 Clone 1969 Chevelle 396 Ss CloneChevrolet : Chevelle 80 Complete Sport Coupe New Gm 350 V 8 Auto Many New Parts RecChevrolet : Chevelle Malibu 1966 Chevelle Easy To Finish ProjectChevrolet : Chevelle Ss 1968 396 Ss ChevelleChevrolet : Malibu Chevelle 73 Chevelle Malibu 2 Nd Owner Very Clean Car 2 Door Fwd 8 CylChevrolet : Chevelle Ss 396 1969 Chevelle Ss 396Chevrolet : Chevelle Super Sport Ss 1971 Chevelle Ss 350 Tribute Strong 383 Auto Beautiful Cranberry Red Very NiceChevrolet : Chevelle Super Sport 1971 Chevelle Super SportChevrolet : Chevelle Malibu 1969 ChevelleChevrolet : Chevelle Ss Clone 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle Base Hardtop 2 Door 5.7 LChevrolet : Chevelle Ss 454 Tribute 1972 Chvelle Ss Bb 454 Ci 468 Ci Roller Chevrolet Gm MuscleChevrolet : Chevelle 70 Chevrolet Chevelle Ss Tribute Red Gorgeous Ps Pb 396Chevrolet : Chevelle 300 Deluxe 66 Chevy Chevelle Originally Restored 4 Door 6 CylinderChevrolet : Chevelle Super Sport Ss Drop Tops Are Desirable And The Book On This Convertible Is Great To HaveChevrolet : Chevelle Chevelle 1968 Chevelle Big BlockChevrolet : Chevelle Convertible 1970 Chevelle Convertible Ss Real Deal Super SportChevrolet : Chevelle Malibu 1968 Chevrolet Chevelle Ls 2 Engine With Fuel InjectionChevrolet : Chevelle Malibu 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle Malibu Original Survivor 2 Local Owner GemChevrolet : Chevelle Ss 1967 Chevelle Ss Red Big Block 4 SpeedChevrolet : Chevelle Malibu Very Slick Chevy Chevelle 383/ 500 Hp Malibu 1967 Gm 64 65 66 67 68 69 70 71 72Chevrolet : Chevelle Ss Super Sport True Ss! Fully Restored & Turn Key! 454 12 Bolt Posi All New 100+ Pics & Video!Chevrolet : Chevelle Super Sport Frame Off Built Chevelle Ss Ls6 454/450 Hp V8 4 Speed Convertible 12 BoltChevrolet : Chevelle Chevelle Malibu 1972 Chevy Chevelle Malibu U CodeChevrolet : Chevelle Ss 396 1969 Chevrolet Chevelle Ss 396 Hardtop 2 DoorChevrolet : Chevelle 2 Door 1969 Chevelle Low Reserve Rotisserie RestorationChevrolet : Malibu Coupe 1966 Chevrolet Chevelle Malibu 327 Sbc V 8 Restored Resto Mod Show CarChevrolet : Chevelle Ss 454 1972 Chevrolet Chevelle Ss 454Chevrolet : El Camino Car/truck 1973 Chevrolet Chevelle El Camino Super Sport Vintage Collector SurvivorChevrolet : Chevelle Convertible 1967 Chevrolet Chevelle Convertible Gorgeous RareChevrolet : Chevelle Super Sport Frame Off Restored Chevelle Ss Convertible 454/450 Hp Ls6 4 SpeedChevrolet : Chevelle 1966 Chevrolet Chevelle 454 4 Speed Rotisserie AcChevrolet : Chevelle Malibu 1971 Chevelle Daily DriverChevrolet : Chevelle Malibu 1966 Chevelle Malibu ConvertibleChevrolet : Chevelle Deluxe 300 Chevy Chevelle, 1969 Deluxe 300, 454, Turbo 400, Edelbrock, Hotchkis, Msd Etc SsChevrolet : Chevelle Ls6 1970 Green Ls 6 Original Miles Paint And All Orig Numbers Matching Two OwnersChevrolet : Malibu Classic Coupe Chevy Chevelle Classic Coupe 305 V8 Only 82k Miles 2-owners! Runs Perfectly!Chevrolet : Chevelle Malibu Hardtop 2-door 1967 ChevelleChevrolet : Chevelle 1972 Chevy Chevelle Ss Big Block 4 Speed Ps Pdb Great Driver Super Sport CloneChevrolet : Chevelle S3 1975 Chevrolet Laguna S 3 496 Bbc New 24 Inch Wheels And Tires Street Machine