If you want it done right, you gotta do it yourself. That’s the correct attitude when it comes to all sorts of situations, but for auto enthusiasts, few things are as satisfying as rolling out a custom ride built exactly how you want it. Such is the case with this garage-built 1965 Chevelle restomod seen in the following video.
Coming to us from AutotopiaLA, the video details this 1965 Chevelle over the course of about 27-and-a-half minutes, including a little backstory, a walkaround, and some specs, ending with a little first-person driving experience on the street.
According to the owner, the car was originally purchased from a friend in great condition, with the body, paint, and interior all done up nicely. Unfortunately, the car got hit in the rear about six months after the owner took delivery, prompting an extensive frame-off rebuild.
While the body went to his buddy’s shop, the new owner took the chassis to his neighbor’s garage, where it got a ton of upgrades. The chassis was boxed and narrowed, while the suspension was fully upgraded as well.
Thanks to the narrowed chassis and a mini-tub, this 1965 Chevelle is now running some meaty 305 tires in the rear. The suspension includes components up front from UMI Performance with Viking double adjustable coilovers, while a four-link from ABC Performance was installed in the rear. Wilwood brakes haul it down.
As for the powertrain, this 1965 Chevelle now runs an LS3 crate engine, which presents a retro style under the hood, as desired by the owner. Output is set at about 525 horsepower, which is fed through a Tremec T56 six-speed manual transmission to drive a Strange Ford nine-inch rear end and 3.89 gears.
Although it wasn’t done in the owner’s garage, the exterior really brings this build together, with immaculate paint and a set of American Racing VF503 wheels in the corners. The hue is dubbed Oyster Pearl Metallic, which, funny enough, is from the Volvo catalogue. We think it looks great on this Chevelle.
Naturally, there’s a whole lot more to dig into with this build, so check out the entire 1965 Chevelle feature right here: