1965 Chevrolet Chevelle SS Z16
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1965 Chevrolet Chevelle SS Z16 396 TurboJet M20 4 Speed Iconic Rare Big Block

The Chevelle Z16 is often credited as the genesis of the big block era of muscle cars. But this wasn't simply an exercise in squeezing a large engine into a small car. Chevrolet engineered fully boxed frame rails and borrowed the suspension and brakes from its full sized models to handle the big block power, while it spec'd the vaunted Muncie M20 four speed to deliver it.

Produced only in the Kansas City plant, the Z16 production run was short lived, with only 201 being produced. Buyers had three color choices and few options to choose from. Paint colors were Yellow, Black or Red, with black, white or red interior and a black vinyl top option. This Z16, one of only 74 known to exist, was originally delivered in red with red interior, with its color changed to black during restoration, while the red interior was retained. Specific options include a tachometer mounted for easy visibility on the padded dash top, center console, special wheel covers and subtle badging. Underneath the sheet metal, it was all business and this car includes its numbers matching engine and transmission, and has received a recent full restoration to factory specifications, driven only 28 miles since completion.

Principal Use

Trailered Show Car

Conditional Grade

Excellent Plus
90%-96% of showroom condition. Exceptionally nice. May have slight wear on exterior and interior finishes but visible only under close inspection consistent with years of show detailing, climate controlled storage, enclosed transport, and indoor display. Most cars in this class are not driven more than a few miles per year.

Overall Originality

Pure Stock Appearing

A restored car in near factory condition where the equipment of the vehicle match the VIN and documentation description. This type of restoration may incorporate a majority of aftermarket reproduction parts. The car will appear stock in a broad sense, attention to the finer factory details are not adhered to.

REV's 5 Keys to Investment Collectability

* Extremely Rare Factory Modified Chevelle
* One of 201 Built, 74 Known to Exist
* Purposely Engineered and Built to be Race Ready
* Recent Full Restoration
* Only 28 Miles Since Completion


Engine Type
Engine Size
396 4bbl
Fuel Specification


Body Color
Body Style
Paint Type


Chevelle SS Z16


Interior Color
Secondary Interior Color
Seating Type
Seat Material
Shifter Type
Center Console
Figure based on a stock vehicle with OH rates with $100/$300k Liability/UM/UIM limits. Rates vary depending on the state, coverage selected and other factors. Policies underwritten by Essentia Insurance Company. Some coverage and discounts not available in all states. Call 877-922-9701 to speak with a representative or apply online. Get Quote
Engine Size
396 4bbl
Transmission Type
4 Speed
Body Style
Principal Use
Trailered Show Car
Conditional Grade
Excellent Plus
Overall Originality
Pure Stock Appearing
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