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1965 Chevrolet Chevelle

Malibu SS Convertible
Mecum Dallas 2021
Wednesday, 8 September - Saturday, 11 September 2021
$93,500
Sale Price
Yes
Reserve
11 September 2021
Sold Date
S135
Lot Number
#2-
Recent restoration
Mecum Auctions
Auction House
Chassis number. 138675K173610. Mist Blue with white vinyl top over blue vinyl. 327/350hp L79, M20 4-speed, 12-bolt 3.31 Positraction rear, F41 suspension, wheel covers, narrow whitewalls, dual mirrors, bucket seats, factory radio, power steering, power brakes, boot cover.

Evaluation: Represented as matching numbers and showing 291 miles on a full body-off restoration. Spotless, factory correct engine bay. Very good paint from a distance but up close there are small blisters in the hood from poor prep. Uneven gaps. Scratched window frames. New top and restored top frame. Very good fresh interior mostly, but there is serious pitting around the shifter and the trim between the seats. A lovely car with rare equipment and a fresh restoration, but it falls short of perfect in a few areas.

Bottom Line: The Dallas bidders either didn’t notice those details or didn’t care. To find a ’65 Malibu with this combination of rare factory equipment, fresh condition and good colors would be a seriously difficult task, and at least two of the people waving their paddles were willing to overpay and save themselves the trouble.

by Andrew Newton
17 September 2021
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Condition definitions
Condition #1: Concours
Condition #1 vehicles are the best in the world. The visual image is of the best vehicle, in the right colors, driving onto the lawn at the finest concours. Perfectly clean, the vehicle has been groomed down to the tire treads. Painted and chromed surfaces are mirror-like. Dust and dirt are banned, and materials used are correct and superbly fitted. The one word description for #1 vehicles is “concours.“
Condition #2: Excellent
#2 vehicles could win a local or regional show. They can be former #1 vehicles that have been driven or have aged. Seasoned observers will have to look closely for flaws, but will be able to find some not seen by the general public. The paint, chrome, glass and finishes will all appear as excellent. No excessive smoke will be seen on startup, no unusual noises will emanate from the engine. The vehicle will drive as a new vehicle of its era would. The one word description for #2 vehicles is “excellent.“
Condition #3: Good
#3 vehicles could possess some, but not all of the issues of a #4 vehicle, but they will be balanced by other factors such as a fresh paint job or a new, correct interior where applicable. #3 vehicles drive and run well, but might have some incorrect parts. These vehicles are not used for daily transportation but are ready for a long tour without excuses, and the casual passerby will not find any visual flaws. “Good” is the one word description of a #3 vehicle.
Condition #4: Fair
#4 vehicles are daily drivers, with flaws visible to the naked eye. The chrome might have pitting or scratches, the windshield might be chipped. Paintwork is imperfect, and perhaps the body has a minor dent. Split seams or a cracked dash, where applicable, might be present. No major parts are missing, but the wheels could differ from the originals, or other non- stock additions might be present. A #4 vehicle can also be a deteriorated restoration. “Fair” is the one word that describes a #4 vehicle.
Condition #5: Poor
Running, but battered, incomplete, and perhaps rusty.
Condition #6: Parts car
Parts car.
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