Chevrolet produced six separate 1965 Chevelle Malibu SS variants, with the majority being the Series 38 V8, a two-door coupe with a blacked-out front grille and special wheel covers. These two features are served to differentiate the SS models from other Chevrolet Malibu models visually; the vehicle also offers a more complete center console and a new set of engine gauges.
In addition to the cosmetic differences between the 1965 Chevrolet Malibu SS and other Malibu models, the SS series offered owners access to different engine configurations, such as the inclusion of a four-speed manual transmission or a Powerglide automatic transmission. At purchase, the engine could be swapped out with a more powerful 300 horsepower engine, as well.
Exterior color configurations for the 1965 Chevrolet Malibu SS include Tuxedo Black, Madeira Maroon, Ermine White and Evening Orchid. Additional exterior color options include Mist Blue, Regal Red, Danube Blue, Sierra Tan and Willow Green. There are a total of fifteen possible exterior color options for this model and 26 interior color options including White Lucite, Midnight Green, Medium Saddle Lucite and Dark Slate. Chevrolet only offers a gray color option for the vehicle's trunk. Approximately 72,500 Chevelle Malibu SS Series 38 vehicles were produced in 1965.