1965 El Camino Restoration Information

1965 El Camino Specifications

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The 1965 Chevrolet El Camino didn’t differ that much from the previous year, but the El Camino grille, bumper, parking lamps, and fenders were restyled.

The 1965 El Camino trim was available in two levels including the base model El Camino and the El Camino Custom. The base level El Camino was similar in trim to a 1965 Chevelle 300 and lacked body side moldings.

The El Camino Custom was similar in trim to a 1965 Chevelle Malibu. It featured classier trim such as bright body sill moldings, wheel opening moldings, bright roof drip moldings, windshield pillar moldings, door frame moldings, and chrome hood molding. Each configuration could be ordered with a six cylinder or V8 engine.

El Camino interior colors were Aqua, Red, or Light Fawn. The buyer could have ordered a number of different El Camino exterior colors including 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, and Crocus Yellow.

To complement the wide variety of available colors were the available drive train combinations that could be opted for on the 1965 El Camino. Base power was had by one of two six cylinder engines. Buyers who wanted more power could opt for a V8. Manual transmissions were either 3 speeds or 4 speeds and the only available automatic transmission was the 2 speed Powerglide.

About 34,700 1964 Chevrolet El Caminos were produced.


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Model Options:


1965 El Camino Base Model Information

  • Body Styles
    • 2 Door Pickup
  • Engine Options
    • 194 cubic inch 120 horsepower 6 cylinder (base)
    • 230 cubic inch 140 horsepower 6 cylinder (optional)
    • 283 cubic inch 195 horsepower V8 (base)
    • 327 cubic inch 250 horsepower V8 (optional)
    • 327 cubic inch 300 horsepower V8 (optional)


1965 El Camino Custom Information

  • Body Styles
    • 2 Door Pickup
  • Engine Options
    • 194 cubic inch 120 horsepower 6 cylinder (base)
    • 230 cubic inch 140 horsepower 6 cylinder (optional)
    • 283 cubic inch 195 horsepower V8 (base)
    • 327 cubic inch 250 horsepower V8 (optional)
    • 327 cubic inch 300 horsepower V8 (optional)

 

1965 El Camino Engine Codes & Specs:

Available Engine Specifications

Type

Size

Horsepower

Torque

L6

194 cid (STD)

120 hp @ 4400 RPM

177 lb-ft @ 2400 RPM

L6

230 cid (RPO L61)

140 hp @ 4400 RPM

220 lb-ft @ 1600 RPM

V8

283 cid (STD)

195 hp @ 4800 RPM

285 lb-ft @ 2400 RPM

V8

283 cid (RPO L77)

220 hp @ 4800 RPM

295 lb-ft @ 3200 RPM

V8

327 cid (RPO L30)

250 hp @ 4400 RPM

350 lb-ft @ 2800 RPM

V8

327 cid (RPO L74)

300 hp @ 5000 RPM

360 lb-ft @ 3200 RPM

V8

327 cid (RPO L79)

350 hp @ 5800 RPM

360 lb-ft @ 3600 RPM

V8

396 cid (RPO L37)

375 hp @ 5600 RPM

420 lb-ft @ 3600 RPM

1965 El Camino 6-Cylinder Engine Codes

Code

Size / Carburetor

HP / RPO

Transmission

Notes

194

AA

194 cid 1x1bbl

120 hp

3-Speed Manual

-

AC

194 cid 1x1bbl

120 hp

3-Speed Manual

Heavy Duty Clutch

AG

194 cid 1x1bbl

120 hp

3-Speed Manual

Air Conditioning

AH

194 cid 1x1bbl

120 hp

3-Speed Manual

Heavy Duty Clutch & Air Conditioning

AK

194 cid 1x1bbl

120 hp

3-Speed Manual

Taxi Equipment

AL

194 cid 1x1bbl

120 hp

Powerglide

-

AN

194 cid 1x1bbl

120 hp

Powerglide

Taxi Equipment

AR

194 cid 1x1bbl

120 hp

Powerglide

Air Conditioning

230

CA

230 cid 1x1bbl

140 hp L26

3-Speed Manual

Overdrive

CB

230 cid 1x1bbl

140 hp L26

3-Speed Manual

Air Conditioning

CC

230 cid 1x1bbl

140 hp L26

Powerglide

-

CD

230 cid 1x1bbl

140 hp L26

Powerglide

Air Conditioning

1965 El Camino 8-Cylinder Engine Codes

Code

Size / Carburetor

HP / RPO

Transmission

Notes

283

DA

283 cid 1x2bbl

195 hp

3-Speed Manual

-

DB

283 cid 1x2bbl

195 hp

4-Speed Manual

-

DE

283 cid 1x2bbl

195 hp

Powerglide

-

DG

283 cid 1x4bbl

220 hp L77

3/4-Speed Manual

-

DH

283 cid 1x4bbl

220 hp L77

Powerglide

-

327

EA

327 cid 1x4bbl

250 hp L30

3/4-Speed Manual

-

EB

327 cid 1x4bbl

300 hp L74

3/4-Speed Manual

High Performance, AFB Carb

EC

327 cid 1x4bbl

350 hp L79

HD 3/4-Speed Manual

Special High Performance, Holley Carb

ED

327 cid 1x4bbl

350 hp L79

HD 3/4-Speed Manual

Transistor Ignition, Holley Carb

EE

327 cid 1x4bbl

250 hp L30

Powerglide

-

EF

327 cid 1x4bbl

300 hp L74

Powerglide

High Performance, AFB Carb

396

IX

396 cid 1x4bbl

375 hp L37

4-Speed Manual

Z16 Option, Special High Performance

IY

396 cid 1x4bbl

375 hp L37

4-Speed Manual

COPO, Special High Performance

1965 El Camino Rear Axle Codes

Code

Axle Ratio

Notes

CA

3.08:1

-

CB

3.36:1

-

CC

3.73:1

-

CD

3.07:1

Positraction

CE

3.08:1

Positraction

CF

3.31:1

Positraction

CG

3.36:1

Positraction

CH

3.70:1

Positraction w/ Metallic Brakes

CI

3.73:1

Positraction

CJ

3.07:1

w/ Metallic Brakes

CK

3.07:1

Positraction w/ Metallic Brakes

CL

3.08:1

w/ Metallic Brakes

CM

3.08:1

Positraction w/ Metallic Brakes

CN

3.31:1

w/ Metallic Brakes

CO

3.31:1

Positraction w/ Metallic Brakes

CP

3.36:1

w/ Metallic Brakes

CQ

3.36:1

Positraction w/ Metallic Brakes

CR

3.70:1

Positraction

CS

3.70:1

Positraction w/ Metallic Brakes

CT

3.73:1

w/ Metallic Brakes

CU

3.73:1

Positraction w/ Metallic Brakes

CV

3.70:1

Overdrive

CW

3.31:1

327

CX

3.07:1

327

GA

3.31:1

Heavy Duty

GB

2.73:1

327 w/ Powerglide

GC

2.73:1

Positraction

GD

2.73:1

w/ Metallic Brakes

GE

2.73:1

Positraction w/ Metallic Brakes

1965 El Camino Factory Options

Regular Production Option (RPO)

RPO

Description

Quantity

1965 Price

Est. 2020 Price

A01

Soft Ray Tinted Glass - All Windows

53,604

$31.25

$266.42

A02

Soft Ray Tinted Glass - Windshield Only

147,345

$19.95

$164.81

A31

Electric Control Power Windows

2,052

$102.25

$844.71

A33

Electric Tailgate Window

11,587

$26.90

$222.23

A41

4-Way Electric Control Power Seat

717

$64.60

$533.68

A46

Electric Control Drivers Bucket Seat (Available May 1965)

23

$64.60

$533.68

A47/A49

Custom Deluxe Rear Seat Belts (Available March 1965)

820

$23.15

$191.25

A49

Custom Deluxe Seat Belts with Retractors

107,978

$7.35

$60.72

A64

Custom Rear Seat Belts (Available March 1965)

490

$12.95

$106.98

A66

Divided Second Seat

78

$37.70

$311.45

B70

Padded Instrument Panel

140,610

$18.30

$151.18

C06

Power Convertible Top

8,710

$53.80

$444.45

C08

Black Vinyl Roof Cover

2,442

$75.35

$622.48

C48

Heater and Defroster Deletion

7,751

$72.00 CR

$594.81 CR

C50

Rear Window Defroster

1,667

$21.55

$178.03

C51

Rear Window Deflector

24

$19.40

$160.27

C60

Four Season Air Conditioning

42,098

$363.70

$3,004.61

C64

Air Conditioning Equipment

n/a

n/a

-

F40

Special Front Suspension

26,386

$4.85

$40.07

F60

Heavy Front Spring Equipment

n/a

n/a

-

G66

Superlift Rear Shock Absorbers

1,961

$37.70

$311.45

G67

Superlift Rear Shock Absorbers with Automatic Level Control

587

$86.15

$711.71

G75

3.70:1 Rear Axle Ratio

96

$2.20

$18.17

G80

3.08:1, 3.36:1, and 3.70:1 Rear Axle Ratio w/ Positraction

23,023

$37.70

$311.45

H05

3.73:1 Rear Axle Ratio

293

n/a

n/a

J50

Vacuum Power Brakes

29,236

$43.05

$355.65

J65

Metallic Brakes

1,506

$37.70

$311.45

K02

Temperature Controlled Fan

343

$16.15

$133.42

K24

Closed Positive Engine Ventilation

53,054

$5.40

$44.61

K66

Transistorized Ignition

209

$73.35

$605.96

K77

55 Amp Delcotron Generator

346

$21.55

$178.03

K79

42 Amp Delcotron Generator

776

$10.80

$89.22

K81

62 Amp Delcotron Generator

164

$64.60-$73.35

$533.68-$605.96

L26

140 hp Turbo-Thrift Engine

68,741

$26.90

$222.23

L30

250 hp Turbo-Fire Engine

36,261

$94.70

$782.34

L74

300 hp Turbo-Fire Engine

13,593

$137.75

$1,137.99

L79

350 hp Turbo-Fire Engine

6,021

$202.30

$1,671.25

M01

H.D. Clutch

662

$5.40

$44.61

M10

3-Speed Overdrive Transmission

4,076

$107.60

$888.91

M20

4-Speed Transmission

39,092

$188.30

$1,555.59

M35

Powerglide Transmission

254,750

$188.30-$199.10

$1,555.59-$1,644.81

M55

Transmission Oil Cooler (Discontinued December 1964)

113

$16.15

$133.42

N10

Dual Exhaust

6,881

$21.55

$178.03

N33

Comfortilt Steering Wheel

7,251

$43.05

$355.65

N34

Sports-styled Walnut Grain Plastic Steering Wheel

2,166

$32.30

$266.84

N40

Power Steering

125,808

$86.10

$711.29

P01

Wheel Cover

125,202

$21.55

$178.03

P02

Simulated Wire Wheel Cover

6,544

$57.05-$73.35

$471.30-$605.96

P19

Spare Wheel Lock Equipment

264

$5.40

$44.61

P58

7.35-14-4 Ply Rating Tires, Whitewall

118,716

$31.90-$39.70

$263.53-$327.97

P61

7.75-14-4 Ply Rating Tires, Nylon Whitewall

2,391

$54.10-$73.20

$446.93-$604.72

P62

7.75-14-4 Ply Rating Tires, Whitewall

35,316

$46.30-$54.10

$382.50-$446.93

P67

6.95-14-4 Ply Rating Tires, Whitewall

93,406

$28.70

$237.10

T60

Heavy Duty Battery

14,252

$7.55

$62.37

U03

Low Note Horn

5,461

$14.00

$115.66

U16

Tachometer

7,724

$48.45

$400.26

U60

Radio,, Manual AM

52,851

$50.05

$413.47

U63

Radio, Push Button AM

187,895

$58.65

$484.52

U69

Radio, Push Button AM/FM

2,794

$136.70-$150.15

$1,129.31-$1,240.42

U73

Manual Rear Antenna

82,788

n/c

n/c

U80

Auxiliary Speaker

24,658

-

-

-

With U69

-

$150.15

$1,240.42

-

With U63

-

$72.10

$595.64

V01

Heavy Duty Radiator

21,104

$10.80

$89.22

V31

Front Bumper Guard

15,200

$9.70-$19.95

$80.13-$164.81

V32

Rear Bumper Guard

11,037

$9.70

$80.13

V55

Luggage Carrier

7,423

$43.05

$355.65

Z01

Comfort & Convenience Equipment, Type A

209,641

$30.15-$40.90

$249.08-$337.88

Z04

Heavy Duty Chassis Equipment

23

$19.40

$160.27

Z08

Body Molding & Trim

485

$30.70

$253.62

Z13

Comfort & Convenience Equipment, Type B

7,405

$39.85-$50.60

$329.21-$418.02

Z16

Special Sport Coupe & Convertible Equipment

201

$1,501.05

$12,400.53

724

Trim - Bucket Seats

3,234

n/a

n/a

759

Trim - Vinyl Coated

1,562

$5.40

$44.61

950

Color Combination - Two-Tone

5,100

$16.15

$133.42

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