1970 Chevrolet Chevelle Malibu
When you're shopping for a cool car, you'll linger a while longer than you should on the temperamental, rip snorting muscle cars that can lift the tires off of the ground. And for some, the irritation of constant tune ups, buying race gas, and living with a monster is totally worth it. For most people, though, this clean 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle Malibu makes a lot more sense. Small block V8 power, highway gearing, interesting colors, and a friendly automatic transmission make this a car your family will beg to ride in every chance they get. Outside, the original code 55 Champagne Gold was refinished a few years ago and it's nice to see they didn't try to turn it into another boring red SS clone. First, the color is completely period correct so it doesn't stand out like a sore thumb, yet it will always be unique at shows. Secondly, it goes great with the optional code H Dark Gold vinyl top, which is a rather rare choice. It's kind of refreshing to see a Chevelle with a simple, plain hood and a two-tier grille, and we have to admit that it's a lot more attractive than we expected. Since this Malibu was well kept and cared for, nearly all of the trim you see is original, and it's in great shape, adding a little dress-up to the low-key A-body. The factory Chevelle script and fender emblems are still in their original places, too, including the '307' badges. Nothing fake about this one! Inside, there's a new front seat cover on the big comfy bench, recent carpets on the floor, and matching door panels that tie it all together. The gold upholstery is unusual but obviously works well with the Champagne Gold bodywork, and we're pretty sure most of it's original given how well it all matches. Only the black steering wheel stands out, probably a necessary compromise when the time came for replacement. Sit down and get comfortable for a moment. Factory gauges are nice and bright, the dash pad is in excellent shape, and the only notable modification is the AM/FM/cassette stereo head unit in the original radio's location. Plenty of room for everyone and it's surprisingly comfortable. Pop the trunk and check out the nicely applied splatter paint, correct mat, and spare tire with matching cover. Under the hood you'll find the car's original, numbers-matching 307 cubic inch V8. With a few bolt-on upgrades such as an Edelbrock intake manifold, Holley carburetor, HEI ignition, and Accel coil, it still idles at 700 RPM, gets decent gas mileage, and should run practically forever. It's not detailed, but it's tidy and a weekend spent cleaning things up would pay big dividends. Long-tube headers feed a full dual exhaust system underneath so it sounds great and the TH350 3-speed automatic snaps through the gears like it should. It's incredibly clean under there and with power steering, it's easy to manage for just about anybody. The only visual alteration are those period-correct Cragar S/S mags which carry BFGoodrich T/A radials at all four corners. This car runs a drives great and looks even better. Small enhancements make a big impression and the unusual look will stand out in an ocean of "me too" clones and fakes. Call today!