The 1964 Chevelle was a First Generation A-Body Chevrolet, spanning from years 1964-1967. The Chevelle was made to compete against the Ford Fairlane, with a similar model size as the 1955-1957 Cheverolets.
The 1965 Chevelle was a First Generation A-Body Chevrolet. The 1965 Chevelle saw some mild styling changes, with a new grille and nose veed slightly outward. It featured a wide horizontal center bar, and four narrower horizontal moldings above and below the center bar.
The 1966 Chevelle was a First Generation A-Body Chevrolet. With 1966 came a new body, including forward-thrusting front fenders, new body contour lines, wider appearing anodized aluminum grille, and new rear body cove treatment.
The 1967 Chevelle was a First Generation A-Body Chevrolet. While offering the same body as 1966, styling refinements included a more vertical front feature line for the front fenders, thicker horizontal members on the aluminum grille, and farther apart headlights.
The 1968 Chevelle was the 1st Second Generation A-Body Chevrolet. Starting the 2nd generation, the 1968 Chevelle saw heavy restyling changes. The Chevelle sport coupe gained a more fastback style, four-door Chevelles had a more “formal” looking window treatment.
The 1969 Chevelle was a Second Generation A-Body Chevrolet. The aluminum mesh grille of 1968 was replaced with a durable, precision-formed plastic one with 37 segments of short moldings, stacked six above and six below a bright horizontal molding with the blue Chevy emblem or “SS” insignia in the center.
The 1970 Chevelle was a Second Generation A-Body Chevrolet. 1970 featured a bold-looking frontal treatment with a horizontally split grille opening and dual headlights. The round headlamps were placed in separate chrome housings set into body-color panels running between the grilles and front body corners.
The 1971 Chevelle was a Second Generation A-Body Chevrolet. All 1971 models featured a new grille that did away with the body-colored horizontal center divider used the previous year. The new grille had a chrome horizontal center divider separating upper and lower sections that had a more integrated look.
The 1972 Chevelle was a Second Generation A-Body Chevrolet. The final year of the 2nd generation, these were the last Chevelles to use the basic body design that had been introduced back in 1968. Because of model delays, the 1971 model was carried over into 1972 with a few small changes.
The 1973 Chevelle was the 1st Third Generation A-Body Chevrolet. The new “Colonnade” styling met the latest federal vehicle rollover standards, with pillars separating the front and rear side glass on all models, and also was a bit taller than previous models.
The 1974 Chevelle was a Third Generation A-Body Chevrolet. New 1974 Malibu models saw a new grille with a neo-classic look that resembled a widened Mercedes-Benz grille. The grille no longer extended below the taillights, which were round-lens units set into bright square housings with rounded corners.
The 1975 Chevelle was a Third Generation A-Body Chevrolet. The most obvious changes in 1975 were the front end styling changes on the Malibu Classic and the rear end changes on other models.
The 1976 Chevelle was a Third Generation A-Body Chevrolet. In 1976, two Chevelle series were offered, along with the Laguna Type S-3. Malibu models featured an Argent Silver grille and single headlamps with bright bezels.
The 1977 Chevelle was a Third Generation A-Body Chevrolet. The final year of the 3rd generation, Chevelles had minor revisions to their front and rear end styling, along with suspension changes. The Malibu Classic got another new grille with a vertical theme and new taillights.
The 1978 Chevelle was the 1st Forth Generation A-Body Chevrolet. Mid-size Chevrolets were no longer called Chevelles. Full-size Chevrolets were downsized, promoting a modern flavor and in-step-with-the-times smaller size.
The 1979 Chevelle was a Forth Generation A-Body Chevrolet. 1979 introduced a new grille and taillights on the Malibu and Malibu Classic models. These cards represented Chevrolet Motor Division’s “regular” intermediate offerings and were available in coupe, sedan, and station wagon body styles.
The 1980 Chevelle was a Forth Generation A-Body Chevrolet. Chevy promoted the 1980 Malibu as a trim and maneuverable car on the outside, and a roomy and comfortable car on the inside.
The 1981 Chevelle was a Forth Generation A-Body Chevrolet. The Malibu intermediates were relatively unchanged in 1981, except for a grille redesign and a restyled roof line for four-door sedans.
The 1982 Chevelle was a Forth Generation A-Body Chevrolet. In 1982, the Malibu adopted a Caprice-styled grille and dual rectangular headlamps. It also gained diesel power through the optional 5.7-liter V-8 or the new 4.3-liter V-6 engines.
The 1983 Chevelle was a Forth Generation A-Body Chevrolet. 1983 was the last year of the Malibu’s 4th generation. The rear-wheel-drive six-passenger Malibu was merchandised in a new, single series that appealed to economy-minded buyers.