1965 Chevelle Z16 Click on image to enlarge

VIN # 138375K169241 NUMBER 28 in the Z16 Registry.  FRAME OFF RESTORATION. History of the Z16. Z16 was the RPO (Regular Production Option) code given to the 396 engine option in the 1965 Chevelle and was used internally by Chevrolet. The Z16 is the 1965 Malibu SS 396 and was almost never referred to by the Z16 RPO number except in a few non-public Chevrolet documents. But the Z16 was much more than just the big 396 in the Chevelle SS. It was a complete package with many special and heavy duty chassis components including: Heavy duty suspension, special heavy duty rear axle, 4 speed transmission, special frame, special heavy duty power brakes, and unique power steering components. The interior was very special too. A 160 mph speedometer was only available with the SS 396. Mandatory options included a tachometer, deluxe front and rear seat belts, AM/FM stereo radio, padded dash and remote mirror. The 396 engine specified for the Z16 was the L37 375 horsepower version. The L37 was a heavy duty engine with forged crank and pistons, 4 bolt main bearing caps, large port heads, an aluminum intake manifold with a Holley carburetor and an hydraulic camshaft. The new Z16 was promoted heavily by Chevrolet. Many automotive magazines road tested or reviewed the special Malibu in the late Spring and Summer of 1965. Not every dealer received a Z16 since it was very limited in production but they were spread out geographically around the country. Total Malibu SS 396 production was 201 cars with one reportedly a convertible. It is not known to survive. About 65 Z16 coupes in restored or unrestored condition still exist making them one of the rarest and most desirable muscle cars. Z16’s all appear to have been built in or near February, March, and April 1965. The exception was two prototype, preproduction cars that were, of course, built earlier. All were assembled in Chevrolet’s Kansas City plant with the exception of the two prototype cars. This particular icon was originally from the Carl Dwigging Collection. This was the most prized car in his collection. Carl and this car were featured in Car Craft Magazine in 1987. This car has had a complete nut and bolt frame off restoration with no expense spared. Finished in it’s original color, Regal Red. Rust free body with all original floors and rear quarters. Very straight body. Black vinyl interior which looks like new. Fully and correctly detailed engine compartment and under carriage. Matching numbers engine, 4 speed transmission, rear end, intake and radiator. Optioned with bucket seats, console, gauge package, 160 mph speedometer, 6,000 rpm tach, dash clock, power steering, power brakes and multiplex radio. A true collector muscle car. SOLD