Thursday, August 8, 2019

Grand National Turbo V6 Powered: 1981 Chevrolet Malibu

This next car comes as a tip from Jeff G who writes: I know the price is a bit high for DT, but this one is interesting. An early 80's Malibu aint the first platform that comes to mind when thinking about what should be deserving of Grand National awesomeness, BUT he did do a pretty sweet job with the look & feel of the car + the Yenko thing was a nice touch. Like it or not, it's unique and the likelihood of seeing anything like this pull up next to you on the road is about as likely as any of the DT regulars getting their ride hand waxed by a nekkid Adriana Lima. Find this 1981 Chevrolet Malibu offered for $24,000 in Jacksonville, FL via craigslist.

For all of the grief we give GM for badge engineering and parts whoring, Buick didn't put their turbocharged V6 into much other than Buicks...except Chevrolet got it for two years in the 1980-1981 Monte Carlo, and Pontiac scored the last few factory engines for the 1989 Trans-Am V6 turbo (which hit the drag strip hard the produced sub 5 second 0-60mph times, unheard of in an American car for the year).  So a Malibu getting the legendary Buick V6 is a little bit of revisionist history that I'm keen to support.

From the seller;
1981 Chevy Malibu 
fuel: gas 
title status: clean 
transmission: automatic 
One of a kind high end build. 1981 Chevy Malibu with complete GN drivetrain and interior. 59k mile unopened 231 V6. Precision PT-52 Turbo w/adjustable wastegate, Caspers purple top injectors, Accufab fuel pressure regulator, K&N filter, Kenne Bell Ram Air duct, Stretched big neck intercooler, ATR headers, Terry Houston 3" stainless downpipe with dump, 2.5"mandrel bent Hooker exhaust with Aero chamber muffs, Mini starter, Built Art Carr 200-4R with Transbrake, Hurst Dual Gate shifter, Line lock, Driveshaft loop, GN 8.5"rear, Aluminum brake drums, Upper and lower boxed control arms, Pinion snubber, Dynotech Motorsports Aluminum driveshaft, QA1 shocks, Rear air bags. Complete Grand National interior, 145 mph speedo, Auto Meter gauges, Scanmaster, 6 point roll bar with swing arms, Concert II sound system. Steel 2"cowl hood. Dog dish wheels. Yenko theme. Charcoal grey with painted graphics. Built to run. One of one. Serious only please.

See a better way to drive a V6?


  1. I. Want. This. Car!!!

  2. More gauges for this car stat.

  3. It would never, ever occur to me to do this, but this is how I would do it if it did. Nicely done, and somebody somewhere is losing their shirt at this price. Wheel choice makes this car look perfect. Rich and retro? Buy it now!


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