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1965-1969 Chevy Impala Specs & Body Styles

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The 1965-69 Full Size Chevy line of classic cars includes an array of timeless vehicles such as the Biscayne, Bel Air, Caprice, and Impala. Even after more than 50 years, these cars have a strong following among enthusiasts, and clean examples attract attention everywhere they go. Some owners choose to restore them to like-new condition, while others build them into lowriders, cruisers, or modernized muscle cars. Regardless of your preference, it's useful to know the original 1965-69 Chevy Impala specs and body styles that were available for each model year.

If you own a 1958-1964 Impala or Full Size Chevy, we already published a comprehensive guide to the models and mechanical specifications for that year range. Today, we're focusing on the 1965-69 Impala and Full Size.

1965-69 Impala / Full Size Series Codes & Models

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In order to identify an Impala or other Full Size Chevy car, you'll need to examine its VIN. Check out our 1958-80 Chevy Impala & Full Size VIN Decoder for a thorough explanation. The VIN can be found on a steel plate attached to the left door jamb on 1965-67 models, or on a steel plate riveted to the upper dash panel for 1968-69 models.

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As with '60-'64 cars, the '65-'69 cars use a four-digit code in the VIN to represent Series, Engine, and Model. These are the second, third, fourth, and fifth digits of the VIN — the second indicates Series (Biscayne, Impala, etc.) and the third indicates Engine (6 cylinder or 8 cylinder). The fourth and fifth digits indicate Model as follows:

11 - 2-Door Sedan
35
 - 4-Door Station Wagon (2 Seat)
36 - 4-Door Station Wagon (2 Seat)
37 - 2-Door Hardtop
39 
- 4-Door Hardtop
45 
- 4-Door Station Wagon (3 Seat)
46 - 4-Door Station Wagon (3 Seat)
47 
- 2-Door Hardtop
67
 - 2-Door Convertible
69
- 4-Door Sedan
87
- 2-Door Hardtop

1965 Chevy Impala Specs & Models

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Series 6cyl 8cyl 11 35 36 37 39 45 46 47 67 69 87
Biscayne 53 54 x x               x  
Bel Air 55 56 x x       x       x  
Impala 63 64   x   x x     x x  
Super Sport 65 66       x         x    

♦ = Imported Models

Engine Displacement Years Applicable Cylinders Bore / Stroke SAE Horse-power Max Brake Horsepower Wheelbase (Inches) Cooling System (Qts.) Crank Case (Qts.)
230ci 1965 6 3.875 x 3.25 36.0 140hp 119 10 4-1/6
283ci 1965-67 8 3.875 x 3.00 48.0 195hp 119 15.5 4-1/6
327ci (250hp) 1965 8 4.000 x 3.25 51.2 250hp 119 15.5 4-1/6
327ci (300hp) 1965 8 4.000 x 3.25 51.2 300hp 119 15.5 4-1/6
409ci (340hp) 1965 8 4.313 x 3.50 59.5 340hp 119 18.5 4-1/6
409ci (400hp) 1965 8 4.313 x 3.50 59.5 340hp 119 18.5 4-1/6

 

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Above: A 1965 Impala can be identified by its three round tail lamps, which changed to a single rectangular design in 1966.

1966 Chevy Impala Specs & Models

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('66 Impala Photo courtesy of Classic Industries customer Steve Standley.)

Series 6cyl 8cyl 11 35 36 37 39 45 46 47 67 69 87
Biscayne 53 54 x x               x  
Bel Air 55 56 x x       x       x  
Impala 63 64   x   x x     x x  
Caprice -- 66   x     x   x      

♦ = Imported Models

Engine Displacement Years Applicable Cylinders Bore / Stroke SAE Horse-power Max Brake Horsepower Wheelbase (Inches) Cooling System (Qts.) Crank Case (Qts.)
250ci 1966-69 6 3.875 x 3.53 36.0 155hp 119 10 4-1/6
283ci 1965-67 8 3.875 x 3.00 48.0 195hp 119 15.5 4-1/6
327ci (275hp) 1966-68 8 4.000 x 3.25 51.2 275hp 119 15.0 4-1/6
396ci (325hp) 1966-68 8 4.094 x 3.76 53.6 325hp 119 19.5 4-1/6
427ci (390hp) 1966, 1969 8 4.251 x 3.76 57.8 390hp 119 20 4-1/6
472ci (425hp) 1966 8 4.251 x 3.76 57.8 425hp 119 20 4-1/6

 

1967 Chevy Impala Specs & Models

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Series 6cyl 8cyl 11 35 36 37 39 45 46 47 67 69 87
Biscayne 53 54 x x               x  
Bel Air 55 56 x x       x       x  
Impala 63 64   x     x     x x x
Caprice -- 66   x     x   x      
Impala SS 67 67                 x   x

♦ = Imported Models

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Engine Displacement Years Applicable Cylinders Bore / Stroke SAE Horse-power Max Brake Horsepower Wheelbase (Inches) Cooling System (Qts.) Crank Case (Qts.)
250ci 1966-69 6 3.875 x 3.53 36.0 155hp 119 10 4-1/6
283ci 1965-67 8 3.875 x 3.00 48.0 195hp 119 15.5 4-1/6
327ci (275hp) 1966-68 8 4.000 x 3.25 51.2 275hp 119 15.0 4-1/6
396ci (325hp) 1966-68 8 4.094 x 3.76 53.6 325hp 119 19.5 4-1/6
427ci (385hp) 1967-68 8 4.251 x 3.76 57.8 385hp 119 20 4-1/6

 

1968 Chevy Impala Specs & Models

Joey Cook 68 Impala Super Sport big block
('68 Impala Photo courtesy of Classic Industries customer Joey Cook.)

Series 6cyl 8cyl 11 35 36 37 39 45 46 47 67 69 87
Biscayne 53 54 x x               x  
Bel Air 55 56 x x       x       x  
Impala 63 64   x     x     x x x
Impala Custom -- 64               x      
Caprice -- 66       x   x      

♦ = Imported Models

Victor Colon Hernandez 68 Impala SS
('68 Impala photo courtesy of Classic Industries customer Victor Colon Hernandez.)

Engine Displacement Years Applicable Cylinders Bore / Stroke SAE Horse-power Max Brake Horsepower Wheelbase (Inches) Cooling System (Qts.) Crank Case (Qts.)
250ci 1966-69 6 3.875 x 3.53 36.0 155hp 119 10 4-1/6
307ci 1968 8 3.875 x 3.25 48.0 200hp 119 15.5 4-1/6
327ci (275hp) 1966-68 8 4.000 x 3.25 51.2 275hp 119 15.0 4-1/6
396ci (325hp) 1966-68 8 4.094 x 3.76 53.6 325hp 119 19.5 4-1/6
427ci (385hp) 1967-68 8 4.251 x 3.76 57.8 385hp 119 20 4-1/6

 

1969 Chevy Impala Specs & Models

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Series 6cyl 8cyl 11 35 36 37 39 45 46 47 67 69 87
Biscayne 53 54 x   x             x  
Bel Air 55 56 x   x       x     x  
Impala 63 64       x x       x x  
Impala Custom -- 64     x       x x      
Caprice -- 66     x   x   x x      

♦ = Imported Models

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Engine Displacement Years Applicable Cylinders Bore / Stroke SAE Horse-power Max Brake Horsepower Wheelbase (Inches) Cooling System (Qts.) Crank Case (Qts.)
250ci 1966-69 6 3.875 x 3.53 36.0 155hp 119 10 4-1/6
327ci (235hp) 1969 8 4.001 x 3.25 51.2 235hp 119 15.5 4-1/6
350ci (250hp) 1969 8 4.000 x 3.48 51.2 250hp 119 13.3 4-1/6
350ci (255hp) 1969 8 4.000 x 3.48 51.2 255hp 119 13.3 4-1/6
350ci (300hp) 1969 8 4.000 x 3.48 51.2 300hp 119 13.3 4-1/6
396ci (265hp) 1969 8 4.094 x 3.76 53.6 265hp 119 19.5 4-1/6
427ci (335hp) 1969 8 4.251 x 3.76 57.8 335hp 119 20 4-1/6
427ci (390hp) 1966, 1969 8 4.251 x 3.76 57.8 390hp 119 20 4-1/6

 

Need 1965-69 Impala Parts?

By decoding the VIN on your Impala, Biscayne, Bel Air, or Caprice against the charts above, you should be able to find out your car's original specifications. If you want to restore it to the spec it left the factory with, Classic Industries can help you find the parts to make that possible. We also offer a variety of aftermarket performance parts and accessories for those who prefer resto-mod, pro-street, lowrider, or other custom builds. Click the button below for a free full-color restoration parts catalog:

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