1970 Chevrolet Malibu
The storied Chevelle is one of those timeless designs that looks good no matter how it's built. Stock, modified, race, pro-touring, whatever; the clean lines and balanced stance on these tough classics create a confident swagger that's universally admired. That means, if you're looking to ride in style, you really can't go wrong with a Chevrolet A-Body. And when you factor in this ride's modern drivetrain, tastefully restored interior and first rate, all-American sheetmetal, you get the picturesque profile of an incredible muscle car!
Looking at this beautiful restoration I have shades of the Pacific Coast Highway, driving across the Bixbee Bridge, heading to point Lobos to do some Ansel Adams-esque image capturing. Tickling the accelerator, headed north from Big Sur, does life get any better? I give you the inspiration for this memory the Chevy Malibu, right here on the east coast at Classic Auto Mall.
A Dark Green respray covers the original Green Mist from the factory. A close inspection shows a nicely done paint job, and no rust or eruptions in the paint are seen anywhere. Steel panels are straight, and gaps are well minded on this classic Chevy. Badging is all clean and clear, door handles show slight “eruptions” in the form of very small dots, and mirrors are really nicely preserved, as well as the bumpers on this car. Window surrounds and drip moldings are very nice, as is the rocker trim. Nice polished chrome American Racing wheels are surrounded by Firehawk Indy 500 radials on all 4 corners. Bringing up the rear is a sloping rear window, long trunk and a nice bumper which has the rectangular tail lighting imbedded within it.
Looking mostly original, we see door panels that are slightly different on the driver's side than the passenger side. The driver's side looks restored and presents very nicely, and the passenger side has been repaired, and the repair of the handle/pull does not match. The front bench has been recovered with patterned vinyl in light green with darker vinyl bolsters. The rear bench is original and presents in cloth with vinyl surrounds and shows some tearing and wear. Carpeting appears original has some fading and slight staining and is covered with rubber floor mats. Fronting the seating area is an unrestored original dash which has a Jensen aftermarket AM/FM/Cassette radio, and an extra triple gauge cluster hanging below it. A smaller rally style wood steering wheel is atop the original steering column.
Definitely the money shot on this car as we open the hood, a completely restored engine bay with a rebuilt and non-original 355ci V8 topped with an Edelbrock RPM intake, and a Holley 750 Double Pumper. A steel forged crank, 2.02 heads, Pete Jackson gear drive, high torque starter, and Mallory ignition you are ready to trip some lights fantastic. All this produces a 10.5:1 compression and sends power back to a Turbo 350 transmission with a shift kit addition. Rear differential is a 12-bolt posi with 4.10 Richmond gears. Consigner states this mill and drivetrain has approximately 2,000 miles since the rebuild.
All original with some factory spray rustproofing, which has done its job, as only surface rust is present on the frame, and none on the floorpans. Also, no rust and just new rubber weather stripping is noted on the bottom of the doors. The interior of the trunk is fairly clean and definitely original.
Overall a nicely done Chevrolet Malibu, with a new power plant, and transmission, new paint, cool wheels, and mostly original interior that shows some age. Definitely a turnkey car, it will be up to the potential buyer if you want to take it to the next step with the interior, or just drive it!
36- Malibu V8
37-2 Door Sport Coupe
1-Oshawa Assy Plant
523753-Sequential Unit Number
ST 70-13637-1970 Malibu V8 Sport Coupe
BDY OS 529459-Oshawa Body Number
TR 782-Green Bench Seat
PNT 4545-Green Mist
12A-First Week December Build
M38-TH350 Automatic Transmission