The 1965 Chevy Malibu originally came in 15 exterior colors and 26 interior colors. Available exterior colors included tuxedo black, mist blue, willow green and regal red. Interior options included dark green, white, medium blue and black.
Chevrolet produced about 227,000 units of the 1965 Chevelle Malibu, which featured a 350 horsepower engine. A special limited edition called the Z-16 was rated at 375 horsepower and featured a sportier look, rear anti-roll bars and heavier duty suspension. The beefy Z-16 could accelerate from zero to 60 mph in 6.7 seconds. All units featured a wheelbase of 115 inches, and the overall length of the cars ranged from 196.6 inches to 201.4 inches. Though mostly manufactured and assembled in the United States, the Chevelle Malibu also was made in Toronto and Quebec.. Initially, the vehicle's factory price ranged from roughly $2300 to $4300.
The Chevrolet Chevelle started production in 1963. From 1964 through 1972, the upscale version of the Chevelle was branded as the Chevelle Malibu. Chevrolet offered a separate version of this vehicle as the Chevelle Malibu SS, which was particularly popular in Canada. In 1973, the Malibu nameplate disappeared from new Chevrolets. The Malibu was brought back in 1978 as an independent line.