The Record Breaking 4th Gen 1965 Chevrolet Impala

For 1965, Chevrolet introduced the newly redesigned Impala to consumers and it was met with a record-breaking response that still hasn’t been surpassed in the 52 years since then. It was the first year of the fourth generation for the Impala, and customers purchased over a million of these beauties!

1965 Chevrolet Impala
1965 Chevrolet Impala Sport Coupe image by Iebruneau at English Wikipedia [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

The 1965 Caprice Impala

In 1965, Chevy introduced the Caprice as the top-line Impala model. That might sound a bit quirky, because today, the Caprice is its own model and has been for decades, but in its first year, it was simply an Impala package. It was the next year, 1966, when the Caprice broke off as its own model. So, if you hear someone saying 1965 Caprice Impala or using the terms interchangeably, that’s why.

1965 Chevrolet Impala SS
1965 Impala Convertible image by Crwpitman (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

The B-Body ’65 Impala

The ’65 Chevy Impala was not only a history-making, record-breaking seller for GM, it was built on the B-Body platform that’s the fourth place best selling automotive platform of all time, beat out only by the German VW Beetle, American Ford Model T, and the Russian Lada Riva.

1965 Chevrolet Impala station wagon (6880366212)
’65 Chevy Impala Wagon image by sv1ambo (1965 Chevrolet Impala station wagon) [CC BY 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

1965 Chevrolet Impala Engine Options

The 1965 Impala engine options included the Turbo-Thrift 6-Cylinder with a 250cid and 150hp, the Super Turbo-Fire/Turbo-Fire V-8 with 283cid and 195hp, the Super Turbo-Fire and Turbo-Fire V-8 with 327cid and 250hp to 300hp, the 396 Turbo-Jet V-8 with 396cid and 325hp to 425hp, and the 409 Turbo Fire V-8 with 409cid and 340hp to 400hp. According to Impala Classics, production of the 396 Turbo-Jet V8 began in February 15, 1965 and production of the 409 Turbo-Fire V8 ended mid-year in 1965.

’65 Impala Color Options

In ’65, the factory exterior color options for the Impala were:

  • Tuxedo Black
  • Ermine White
  • Mist Blue
  • Danube Blue
  • Willow Green
  • Cypress Green
  • Artesian Turquoise
  • Tahitian Turquoise
  • Madeira Maroon
  • Evening Orchid
  • Regal Red
  • Sierra Tan
  • Cameo Beige
  • Glacier Gray
  • Goldwood Yellow

Factory interior color options for the ’65 Impala were:

  • White
  • Dark Green
  • Light Fawn
  • Midnight Green
  • Medium Fawn
  • Medium Turquoise
  • Medium Dark Fawn in both semi-gloss and flat finish
  • Dark Turquoise in both semi-gloss and flat finish
  • Medium Saddle
  • Medium Blue
  • Dark Saddle in both semi-gloss and flat finish
  • Dark Blue in both semi-gloss and flat finish
  • Medium Slate
  • Red
  • Dark Slate in both semi-gloss and flat finish
  • Dark Red
  • Gunmetal
  • Black in both semi-gloss and flat finish
  • Medium Green

By Laure Justice

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