You see cars similar to this 1969 Chevrolet Chevelle Malibu Restomod rumble into major car shows and win trophies all the time, but not many have the modern horsepower to back up the look like this one does. Packing a brand new GM Performance 6.2L LS3 and 4L70E drivetrain, along with a spectacular maroon paint job, this is an alpha predator whose low-key looks are all a part of the game.
What they say about fresh, dark paint is true, and it's very clear that someone spent A LOT of time on the bodywork of this Chevelle before the deep, dark maroon paint went on. The '69 Chevelles always look best in dark colors, and without stripes or other adornments, this one has a simple, brutal look that's extremely appealing. They didn't add an obnoxious hood, but instead chose to go with a moderate cowl unit that only previews the snarl underneath, doesn't fully advertise it. Gaps are extremely good all around, which shouldn't be surprising, since virtually every inch of sheetmetal on this car was labored over to get just right, and the result is a car that fits together very well, with doors and a deck lid that shut effortlessly. The two-stage urethane paint has an incredible shine and depth, which is what you need with darker colors to get maximum effect, and the deep finish really makes the stainless trim and chrome pop. Bright bumpers, a blacked-out grille, and authentic "Chevelle" and “Malibu” script emblems all make this car look pretty stock, but even so, you can tell this one is something special with just a quick glance.
From behind the wheel, you'd never realize that this Chevelle was so heavily fortified with modern performance goodies under the hood... until you turn the key. Black buckets, a console, and a factory SS steering wheel accurately re-create 1969 inside and it's all brand new. The horseshoe shifter looks all-stock but has been expertly modified underneath to manage the GM Performance 4L70E, and the restored dash now features a stock bezel filled with new Dakota Digital instruments. Fresh carpets and new door panels continue the all-new theme, and with an investment into some rubber mats for the floors, it'll look good for years to come. There is no radio, but why would you need such a thing with all that entertainment under the hood? The cabin does have a Vintage A/C system though, with cold R134a treated air pumping through factory vents, all controlled by the factory vent controls. The back seat is also new and looks it, while the headliner is taut and even, suggesting that the guys in charge of the interior really knew what they were doing. Even the trunk is correctly outfitted with a reproduction mat, and there's enough room back there to haul all the trophies this Chevelle is bound to win from your local car show circuit.
The brand new GM Performance 6.2L LS3-based V8 under the hood obviously wasn't factory-issue, but it's a neat fit in the Chevelle's engine bay nevertheless. Fuel-injected and packing 495 horsepower and 473 lb-ft of torque, the entire drivetrain was professionally installed and wired using all new GM controllers and an American AutoWire harness, it runs superbly with the accessories managed by a Holley serpentine system. Keeping the block nice and cool under all circumstances is a giant BeCool aluminum radiator with twin electric fans. A GM Performance “Super-Matic” 4L70E 4-speed automatic seems immune to the torque twisting through it and there's a heavy-duty Eaton Tru-Trac 12-bolt rear end filled with Richmond gears out back. Hooker Super-Comp Titanium ceramic-coated long-tube headers feed a custom 2.5-inch H-pipe dual exhaust with Flowmaster mufflers that exits under the rear bumper and sounds spectacular. It handles superbly with fresh suspension, steering, and braking components underneath, and the builders nailed the stance, too, with a predatory crouch that totally makes this car work atop the American Racing Torque Thrusts wrapped in 225/60/15 front and 255/60/15 rear BFGoodrich T/A radials at all four corners.
You've admired cars like this for a long time, haven't you? Why not take this one home and be the big fish in the pond for a change? With only 510 miles on this killer build, this '69 is barely broken in and ready to dominate for years to come. Call today!