Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Don't Call Me Chevelle- 1978 Chevy Malibu Classic

The new for 1978 Malibu took the Chevelle's place in the Chevy line up.  The A-body Malibu went through similar downsizing and weight loss program that the Impala went through.  It would not be a stretch to think of the square jawed Malibu as the American Volvo 240.  Today's Malibu is particularly noteworthy because it has a measly 22,000 miles on the odometer.  It is pretty shocking to find a forty year old non collector car in this mint of condition.  Find this 1978 Chevy Malibu Classic for sale in Albany, NY for $3,495 via craigslist.

Here is the information the seller has provided:

Totally restored 6 year restoration 1978 Chevrolet Malibu Classic 4 door sedan. 22,000 miles. V8 engine, automatic transmission, rust and sound proofed. Must see to appreciate this classic beauty . Only serious inquires please . This car needs nothing more than to be driven. Many spare parts to be included with purchase .I am the second owner and knew the original buyers who purchased it at LEARYS CHEVROLET in Cornwall, NY. 

The 305 ci engine was only good for 135 horsepower when new.  Most any modern GM V8 would at least double the stock horsepower.  What would be your engine swap of choice for this Bu'?

The tan vinyl bench seats have zero lateral support and are only an application of Amour All away from feeling like a freshly Zamboni-ed sheet of ice.

See another car that has only averaged 550 miles a year since the Carter administration? email tips@dailyturismo.com

Cory is hoping to have clear weather on Saturday to make a junkyard run down to Baltimore.


  1. The fact that someone would take the time to go through a "6 year restoration" on one of the hallmark rides from the malaise era is true commitment.... or something.

    1. I would say "something." They were not good cars, although we had a brand new one for driver's ed. The wagons are much more sought after.

  2. My Grandpa would have loved this. I remember riding is his various domestic 4 door cars. Kleenex box in the middle of the bench seat, hats on the package tray, the tick tock sound of the turn signal, and a plastic map and manual saddle bad hanging off the seat.
    Always garaged, immaculate, and maintained.

    1. Yup. My (very similar) memory involves a light gray (silver??) Ford Grenada. Grandpa Joe wheeled that car with a smooth and unhurried demeanor that had my pre-adolescent mind convinced that FoMoCo made the quietest cars on the planet.

    2. My grandma Eleanor had a Malibu identical to this, except the exterior color was more tan. Identical interior. That was a fun car to ride in as a kid - my brother and I would vault over the front bench to get into and out of the back seat. Headliner was coming down when the car was less than 10 years old, but it served grandma well until she replaced it with a 5-speed manual Kia Sephia - first gen of Kia's first car, with the Mazda BP engine.

  3. And there is the wonderful "feature" that the back seat windows are fixed in position. They do not go down at all. Perfect for those long summer drives without AC. Even if you had AC, the airflow in the interior was horrendous. This was before cars had rear seat vents.


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