1965 Chevelle/El Camino Interiors – How Rare Is This???
For you Chevelle, Chevy or just plain musclecar fanatics that crave new knowledge on anything that involves your passion for cars, here is something you may not know. Most people get caught up in the rarity of cars based on the model, engine displacement and the factory offered or dealer installed options. What about the cars that have interiors in them that were supposedly never produced??? The average car nut would have no way of knowing these types of miscues. I am here to shed some light on the myths of these cars and the options that never made it into production, or did they???
1964 – Chevrolet is gearing up on their new 1965 Chevelle/Malibu and El Camino models. Production is rolling and all of the sudden they decide to make a change. In this case, it’s the interior vinyl color and texture (or as we refer to here at Legendary, “the grain”). All the dealer albums have already been sent out across the U.S. to Chevrolet dealerships, so an addendum is made and issued. Here is how the addendum reads in the original dealer album we have on hand:
“Interior fabric swatches on Malibu Super Sport, Malibu Convertible, Wagon, Custom El Camino page are incorrect for Super Sport, Convertible and Custom El Camino models, the corduroy pattern vinyl has been replaced by a textured vinyl similar to the small portion of each swatch, but of a darker tone on all interiors except white and black. Swatches shown are correct for Malibu Station Wagon. Order codes still apply for all models.”
Looking at the original dealer album swatches, this change is basically telling you that the Corduroy grain vinyl is being replaced with Madrid grain vinyl and that the interior will now be 2-tone. This actually happened and I bet every 65 Chevelle or El Camino that you look at on the internet or at a car show has in fact a 2-tone interior, but could a few of the early models escaped with a single tone Corduroy grain interior??? Most Chevelle “experts” I have talked to say, “no way.” Well I am here to put this question to bed because they do exist and I have the proof.
Exhibit #1 –
1965 Chevelle Super Sport (3837)
Assembly Plant – Kansas City
Paint – DD (Mist Blue)
Production/Unit Number – 20
Trim Code – 741 (Medium Blue)
I was approached by the original owner while attending the 2010 SEMA show in Las Vegas. I have acquired copies of all the original documentation from the owner along with close up photos of this unmolested early production Chevelle. He has also provided me with part of the original upholstery. This car is currently awaiting restoration.
Exhibit #2 –
1965 Custom El Camino (3680)
Assembly Plant – Kansas City
Paint – CC (Ermine White)
Production/Unit Number – 3
Trim Code – 726 (Red)
This owner called our customer service team looking for information regarding his interior in early 2013. The call was transferred to me and all information regarding the customer’s car has been documented. Close up photos were emailed to me along with copies of most of the original paperwork. This El Camino has recently begun a frame off restoration.
There’s the proof. Just how many more of these models left the assembly plants with corduroy interiors is unknown. What we do know is, they do exist and they are also rare. So what do these owners do about interiors for their cars??? We have the answer for that as well. Legendary has just acquired original date stamped NOS corduroy vinyl and is in the process of developing this grain. In the next few months we will be able to offer for the first time in the industry this unique interior for those cars that do exist with factory, single tone, corduroy vinyl interiors.