This 1971 Chevrolet Chevelle Malibu Convertible is a strong running muscle car with fantastic options! 1971 marked the beginning to the end of the muscle car era, ironically with John Z. Delorean, one of the granddaddys of the muscle car, at the helm of Chevrolet. Of course, the genesis of the muscle car originated from when Delorean (while at sister GM marque Pontiac) put a full-size powerplant into an intermediate-sized car. Chevrolets mid-size car in 1971 was the Chevelle and the muscle car formula worked wonders with Chevy selling millions of muscle cars for the better part of the nearly decade-long era. However, with rising gas prices and with new government regulations, such as a changeover to low-lead and unleaded gasoline, that were starting to take effect that limited performance output of the classic muscle cars, the muscle car era was winding down in the early 70s. In 1971, Chevrolets mid-size division consisted of the Chevelle which was divided into four sub-series, the base-model Chevelle, the fancier Chevelle Malibu, and two station wagons. Most customers seemed to prefer the stepped-up Malibu models but the Convertibles were especially rare with a mere 5,089 Malibu convertibles produced in 1971. Styling changes to the 71 Chevelles were fairly modest. Up front, Chevrolet reverted back to a single headlight design surrounded by a square bezel and a new imposing twin-level grille with a bright chrome horizontal divider was incorporated into the front end look. The parking lights were also relocated to from the bumper in 1970 to the front fenders with dual wraparound lenses. In the rear, the dual taillights were more recessed into the back bumpers as well. The interiors also featured modest updates that were a bit more plush than the previous year. Powering this 71 Chevelle is a 350 Cubic Inch V8 engine fed by a Single 4 Barrel Carburetor mounted atop an Edelbrock aluminum intake manifold. The 350 V8 is backed by a TH350 Automatic Transmission that is shifted via a console mounted Horseshoe-style shifter. Exhaust leaves the 350 V8 through a set of headers and out through a throaty sounding dual exhaust setup. This 1971 Malibu Convertible is outfitted with a number of desirable, driver-friendly options. With a positraction rear differential, youll can be sure that youll keep the rubber to the pavement while cruising in this classic Chevy muscle car. Power steering is also a welcome addition to any muscle car since it makes turning into a tight space at the local car show or drive-in much easier and makes the overall driving experience much more enjoyable. This Chevelle Malibu also comes equipped with Power Front Disc Brakes which provide plenty of stopping power especially with all that horsepower under the hood. The white vinyl power convertible top is in wonderful condition and it goes up and down with the simple flick of a switch housed in the dash. Riding on a set of BFGoodrich Radial T/A tires mounted on a set of Keystone Klassic wheels, this 1971 Chevelle Convertible has a great period look and even better ride. The exterior of this Malibu has been correctly refinished in beautiful Cranberry Red paint along with white SS-style hood and decklid stripes. The interior of this 1971 Chevrolet Malibu Convertible is gorgeous! The front bucket seats and rear bench seat have been reupholstered in Ivory vinyl so that you can stay cool while cruising on a hot summer day. The ivory vinyl upholstered door panels, black carpeting, black padded woodgrain dash, center console with horseshoe-style shifter, and steering wheel are all in fantastic shape and appear to be in their stock configuration. The instrument cluster is equipped with a 120 MPH speedometer, 7,000 RPM tachometer with a 5,000 RPM redline, amp gauge, temperature gauge, and fuel gauge, along with a clock. The woodgrain trimmed dash is completed with controls for the heater, headlights, windshield washer and power convertible top controls, along with a cigar lighter and upgraded retro-style AM/FM/Cassette entertainment system. Whether youre adding to an existing Chevy muscle car collection or youre buying your very first classic car, this 1971 Chevrolet Chevelle Malibu Convertible would make an excellent addition. Give Ellingsons a call today at 763-428-7337!