Classic Car Overview
A lot of guys like to keep a low profile, so if you like high performance without the flash, perhaps this 1969 Chevrolet Chevelle Malibu is the smart choice. Finished in dark purple with black SS stripes and a vinyl roof, it makes a compelling case for speaking softly and carrying a big stick. The fender tag says it was originally code 71 LeMans Blue, but whats on the car today is a bit more unique and eye catching now. Dark SS stripes give the car a tougher look, as does the blacked-out front grille, and the not-too-loud paint job that lets the shape of this Bu do the talking. Its an older paint job but it still shows well and is presentable because it was correctly applied by experts when it was fresh. The sheetmetal is straight, the gaps are good, and theres no bad news waiting for you underneath that very nice vinyl roof. The purple color actually looks great outside, and if you look at it in the right light, it really highlights the A-bodys awesome shape; just check out the way the finish glows in the side profile shots. Its still wearing all its correct badges and trim, which are in decent condition, and its always refreshing to see one still looking the way the factory built it, right down to the MALIBU block letter on the quarter panels. Checking the cowl tag, you can see the original interior is code 765, Metallic Dark Blue Coated Fabric. Its obviously been restored and changed to a much more desirable black interior, and with bucket seats and a console, its dressed rather well. The seat covers, door panels, headliner, and carpets are all reproductions, and although they are no longer brand new, theyre still very presentable and all the soft parts the body touches are absolutely comfortable. The original gauges are in good shape and cover the basics, and are augmented by a set of black-face Auto Meter gauges below the dash and a column-mounted matching tachometer to expand the information provided of the engines vitals. The steering wheel is a 4-spoke rubberized/vinyl piece that works well in the vintage Chevelle, and even the original factory radio slot has been preserved, but now houses a Pioneer AM/FM/CD stereo that didnt require a hack-job for its installation. It only has heat and defrost, no A/C, but thats certainly one place someone could add a lot of value without a huge investment. Out back the trunk is detailed with spatter-finish paint and is spacious enough to accommodate almost all travel plans. The 396 V8 big block under the hood has received a few extras to deliver a fairly serious punch when you nail the throttle. When it was built, they obviously dressed it up to show-off with a Chevy orange engine block, finned M/T valve covers, chrome air cleaner with correct 396 decals, and even a chrome radiator shroud cover for a little pop. Theres quite a bit of newer hardware, including a Holley 4-barrel carburetor and Edelbrock intake manifold, an MSD ignition system, and bright red plug wires add a dash of contrast. Underneath, its very solid, with a slick-shifting TH400 driving a 10-bolt rear, which are both strong enough to handle all the horsepower from the 396. The exhaust system features long-tube headers and a rumbling Flowmaster dual exhaust system with turndowns just before the rear bumper for a great sound. Chrome Rallys are the right choice and carry 215/70/15 front and 275/60/15 rear performance radials that fill the fenders perfectly. Great Malibus dont have to be expensive, with a little time and effort, this cool big block hardtop could be something truly amazing. Call today!