1965 Chevrolet Impala SS coupe 396 L78!

Restored original SS car


Year 1965
Make Chevrolet
Model Impala SS coupe 396 L78!
Engine and transmission
Engine Type V8
Engine Size 396 cui
Estimated HP 425+hp
Heads Chevy performance
Carburetor 4 bbl
Intake Single 4bbl
Ignition Chevy electronic
Transmission Type Manual
Transmission Spec Muncie 4 speed
Exhaust Type Dual
Muffler Type Custom
Interior Color Red
Seating Type Buckets
Seat Material Vinyl
Shifter Type Floor with console
Restoration Status Restored
Awards Summary Show quality
Body Style Coupe
Doors 2
Body Color Regal red
Paint type single stage
Stripes None
Front Suspension Type Stock with shocks
Rear Suspension Type A.Arms with shocks
Axle Specification 12 bolt Chevy
Wheels 15 inch rally wheels
Front Brakes Discs
Rear Brakes Drum
Miscellaneous As with all our high-quality cars, this Impala is completely serviced and checked before it enters our showroom floor!. Its turnkey and not a project or a car that needs work. The complete car, engine, transmission and all brakes, electrics, fuel system and steering system rebuilt. It's definitely ready to be enjoyed for many miles to come.
Bodywork & Trim

Super original laser straight body, fully restored car with all new paint, and restored and correct trim and emblems. The underside of the car is also highly detailed and super clean. Please see the pictures.


True and date correct L78 396 cui Chevy big block, all new rebuilt, but upgraded with a hydraulic camshaft and an alu 4bbl intake for easy maintenance and with around 425/450+HP. The engine has the correct 3855962 casting and the correct 1965 date codes and appears to be the original engine to this car (Match). The Heads are also correct closed chamber 109cc heads as per L78 specs. The engine was completely serviced and leak down and compression tested in our shop and appears to be in as new condition. The correct 425hp decals are installed now and also the Chevy valve cover decal.


Muncie M21 manual 4 speed trans and Chevy all rebuild 12 bolt rear axle with 3.23 street gears, all new brakes, suspension and steering components. The transmission and clutch and pressure plate were rebuilt in our shop.


Gorgeous all restored bucket seat red interior in fantastic condition and a fully restored functional dash. All trim, emblems, and chrome parts are in very good and factory original condition (so not over-restored or all aftermarket parts) and it has great (tinted) glass all around. Just a gorgeous car with a fantastic red interior.

General discription


This 1965 Chevy Impala appears to be a true and very rare L78 396 Big block car with 425HP, manual Muncie 4-speed transmission. This car is completely body off restored and a real high quality build car. It is one of only 1480 SS L78 cars and one of approx. 1275 ever build 4-speeds! And you almost never see them for sale as not many of them are left today. It is a true and very rare high-performance car. With these cars options and in this rare color combination it might well be one of a hand full build cars.

So yes! It is a rare car and PTTM is proud to present this great and rare car to its clients. These original Impalas are getting harder and harder to find, particular in its original condition as many 65's were abused and hacked up or customized, but not this one! So having a real original car is absolutely rare and very desirable for many. 

Its also one of the most sought after Impala's with the desirable 6 round tail lights and the smooth body shapes. Its a correct 166 code Super sport car that's also still in its factory original RR coded (Reginal red) paint and equipped with its original 897 coded red bucket seat and console interior. And although the engine and transmission don't have there Vin codes stamped, we do think all is correct. Seeing this is a 1965 car that was produced late 1964 (1965 model year) it is not that strange as many Chevy's left the factory without them back then. It wasn't until late 1968 before that became mandatory by law, so not all cars received them.

With more than 12 production plants, dozens of different engine and transmission production and assembly plants from Chevrolet alone, it wasn't all that well organized just yet. But seeing this car has all its correct and original components, the true SS code Vin of the car and all its details that point out is the real deal, although its hard to guarantee that.

At the end of 1964, Chevrolet introduced the all-new designed Impala model for the 1965 model year. And at the same time the introduced the strong and all new designed 396 cui performance Big block for its top model cars. A complete new design and one of the best Chevy V8 big blocks ever designed. These 396 engines came in the base" 325 Hp version and the very desirable L78 high performance 396 with no less than 425 factory horsepower and tons of torque! And keep in mind that in 1965, having a 425 HP Big block engine in your car was the highest factory rated HP rating you could buy in a streetcar. So it makes this car a real performance car icon.

The famous Hemi 426 engine from Chrysler, for instance, was not even for sale in any car up to late 1966. So this puts the L78 Impala in the History books as one of the fastest's cars around worldwide in that year and it's considered a real Holy grail and a hidden gem's of the Chevrolet performance pedigree.

This L78 engine had 4 bolt main caps, special closed chambered performance heads, a 4bbl intake, and 4bbl carb, and an 11.0.1 compression ratio and a performance cam. These 396 engines were only available in combination with the optional SS packages, however, the SS package itself was also available with the base engines like the 327 small block cars. So this car is the holy grail of the 65' impala SS cars being and a true SS and it's also equipped with the rare Big block 396 -L78 performance engine and manual 4-speed transmission. Hooked up to a manual Muncie M21 4 speed transmission these Impala's, although not really a pony or lightweight car, were fast cars! It was also estimated that these engines, when equipped with better breathing exhaust manifolds or headers would make close to 500 hp!  The L78 396 was one of the best performance engines Chevy ever build and with these horsepower rating only for sale in 1965. As of 1966 the L78 was de-tuned and was left with a mere 375HP.

So this being a 65 car makes it rare and one of the fastest's and rarest classic Impala SS cars ever produced. In 1965 the 425 HP - L78 was only available in the Corvette and Impala's. As of 1966 and on, this highest Chevy HP performance engine was replaced by the also famous 427cui-425 HP engines, but the overall performance stayed the same. SO all in all this car has some serious history and it was the godfather of all later Chevy performance cars and it might well be the first real Muscle cars. 

The car we present to you here is of outstanding quality and still very correct and original to its factory original conditions, with only some very minor changes for better looks or better performance. Everything, inside and out, was either new or restored to as new condition, however, the car was not over-restored and wears still many of its original parts and it also can be driven and enjoyed. The body is laser straight and rust free, it has great paint with a deep shine and the interior is just like the day it rolled of the production line and all is factory correct and original. It just doesn't come much better than this!  It is also a great car to drive and it handles superbly. These Impalas are fantastic cars for long and very comfortable cruises.

The car is also equipped with all its correct SS details and has many desirable factory options as you can see in the below listing. If you want any additional information before the car arrives in our showroom,   or want to make a reservation so you're the first to be able to see it, just give us a call.

According to the currently marked guides from Haggerty, and many other independent car appraiser's the value of this rare Impala is estimated between 85-110000,- Euro, and we have seen them being sold for that and even more. But with our asking price being well below that mark! This car is priced very attractive and will leave the room as a healthy investment for its future owner as it is also a genuine 4-speed car and red /red is one of the most wanted color combinations around. Also, keep in mind that this is also a completely restored car and can't be compared with just any 65 Impala because of its condition and also its very special engine and everything is in great condition. This is a turn key car!

We estimate more than 75000,- was spent alone on the restoration (and that's without the car itself). So for this price we are sure you won't ever find a nicer, completely turn key ready car anywhere.


Most pictures we are presenting you here show the car with the optional Aluminum wheels, the car however is sold with the original 15-inch rally wheels (see the last 2 pictures) for the stated price. For pricing with either the Alu wheels or both sets, please contact our sales department!

Some of the cars options:

  • L78 396 Big block
  • True SS car
  • Manual Muncie 4 speed trans!
  • Correct 12 bolt rear axle.
  • Bucket seat the luxe interior.
  • Floor shifter.
  • Floor console.
  • Power steering!
  • Power brakes.
  • AM/FM stereo.
  • 15 inch Rally style wheels.
  • Special custom alu wheels are optional
  • In dash tacho!
  •  And more.  

But if you like additional information then please contact our sales! If there are details on the car you want to change or add some personal details, or you want other pictures we can assist you with that no problem! 


-The car comes with US title and EU import taxes paid and included.

-All our cars are sold with complete service and inspection prior to delivery.  

-On request, we can transport the car door to door worldwide! 

- On request we can also sell the car with Dutch plates or assist with TUV (H) 

- For export outside EU or business to business prices please contact our sales.  

- While every reasonable effort is made to ensure the accuracy of this information, we are not responsible for any errors or omissions contained on these pages. Prices and info in online ad’s or website might diver and are subjected to changes and or have mistakes in them. Please verify any information in question with PedalToTheMetal Holland/Europe. 

And keep in mind that, the car you're looking at here today, was also looked at by others yesterday. And we can only sell it once!

Price in euros
€ 58750,-

Price includes all cost

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