Agree 100%. 1965 bucket seats are a rare find and costly if you do come across them.Thanks for the welcome, I have been a member for eight years just never post. I am aware of all the above info, but I think you will agree 65 bucket seats are just a bit harder to find than 63/64. Another member shared info for install, but after reading everything involved I have come to the conclusion the juice is not worth the squeeze!
I’m pretty sure sales on the 2nd gens increased significantly to the 65Well, the '65 SS bucket seats ARE different. They're slightly narrower than 63/64 and fold straight forward as opposed to the earlier SS seats that tilted at an angle. They also have a very different upholstery pattern. It's believed the seats were narrowed to clear the new, larger 1965 SS console.
Indeed, the '65 Chevy II is a unicorn....unusual, rare and unique. Considering an almost entirely new model came out in '66, you have to wonder why they didn't just do a minor refresh of the 1964. Those 'unicorn' bucket seats were only good for one year, along with the interior trim, exterior trim, front and rear ends and a modified roof line on sedans. Even the new console was a unicorn, having to be immediately changed for the following year to allow the optional 1966 a/c evaporator to be removed. Bottom line...a ton of rare, one year stuff never to be used again. Even with all the changes to the '65, it didn't sell well. A lot of buyers went to Chevelle and Mustang. Many were waiting for the Camaro. We're fortunate GM didn't pull the plug on our beloved Chevy II at the end of the 1965 production year.
If that was true it would probably be a lot easier to find one today. By the time the 66-67 came out there was a whole lot more competition for the market Mustangs, Camaro’s, Firebirds, Chevelles, Barracudas, Valiants, etc.. I believe the ChevyII/Nova sales peaked in 63..I’m pretty sure sales on the 2nd gens increased significantly to the 65