1965 Chevelle Engine Photos & 396 cid Engine Production Numbers

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1965 396 V8 Engine Production

RPO HP Transmission Suffix Production Notes
L37 375 Manual IX 221
        221 Total L37 Engines
        201 Total L37 Cars *
91% of total L37 engine production went into Chevelles in 1965. 020 Service Engines
           

* There is an ongoing debate about whether 200 sport coupes and 1 convertible were built for a total of 201 Malibu SS 396 Chevelles. To date, to my knowledge, the convertible is rumored to be a gold with gold interior car but has never been documented and there are no know photographs of or articles on this car. GMs own statements about the release of the car indicate that 200 would be built at Kansas City and all would be sport coupes. Taking this into account and adding the prototype built at Baltimore gives us the 201 total.

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Late (July) L79 as found and restored - note late year alternator brace.