MADEIRA MAROON MALIBU CONVERTIBLE, FACTORY BUILD SHEET, WARRANTY CARD!!
You wouldn't know it by going to car shows today, but when they were new, not all the Chevelles were big block SS models. In fact, a vast majority were cars like this handsome 1966 Malibu convertible, complete with a small block V8 and PowerGlide. However, this one now boasts a handsome restoration along with a trunk full of original documentation including the factory buildsheet, warranty card, owners manual, and restoration receipts, making this one quite special indeed.
If you have a clean A-body that you're about to pour a bunch of money into, most guys would choose to build a fake SS, throw in a crate motor, and do it the way everyone else does. But this one is different, and in a good way. It's still a Malibu wearing all its original badges and insignias, and doesn't even have a cowl-induction hood. However, the lovely Madeira Maroon paint is correct for this particular convertible and looks fantastic on top of the beautifully restored bodywork. Look closely and you'll spot a few differences from the more common SS models, including the taillights, the rear quarter panel emblems, and a bright chrome grille that has a CHEVELLE badge in the center instead of a blacked-out SS piece. There's even a cool little chrome hood ornament. There's no denying this is a great-looking Chevelle, and it's refreshing to see one that isn't trying too hard to be something it isn't, and it's all the better for it.
The interior appears to be a nice mix of original pieces and restored surfaces. The upholstery was replaced a few years ago and thanks to quality materials, is holding up extremely well. But things like the carpets, door panels, and the dash are original, and while none of it is perfect, it all suggests that this car was always well-maintained and I like the honesty it represents. In fact, "honest" is the way I would describe this entire car, and it's immensely appealing because of it. The original instruments are still there doing their thing after nearly 50 years, the steering wheel still looks stylish, and the factory-issued AM radio remains in the dash playing whatever it is that you can find on AM these days. The trunk proudly shows off some clean sheetmetal with spatter-finish paint and its original mat, as well as a full-sized spare tire. And the white top looks great when it's up and folds easily in just a few seconds.
When you have a convertible, a nice V8 under the hood is the perfect travelling companion. The 327 cubic inch small block under the hood wears a fresh coat of Chevy Orange paint and very few deviations from original specs. That's a factory air cleaner up top, complete with a new carburetor underneath, correct cast iron exhaust manifolds, plus simple stamped steel valve covers; again, this car isn't' trying to be anything other than what it was born as. It's backed by a 2-speed PowerGlide automatic transmission and a 10-bolt rear end out back, all framed by extremely clean floors and a fresh dual exhaust system. Flashy Rally wheels with spinner center caps dress up the maroon Malibu, and carry 235/60/15 white-letter radials for a sporty look.
Clean and simple, this Malibu ragtop is the epitome of summertime fun. Loaded with original docs including the Factory Build Sheet, Warranty Card, Owner's Manual and restoration receipts, this one is worth a closer look. Forget trying to keep up with the guy in the next lane and his generic SS, enjoy the simpler things in life. Call today!
- Engine Type
- Engine Size
- 327 V8
- Transmission Type
- Body Color
- Body Style
- 17,370 (Unknown)
- Interior Color
- Shifter Type
- Center Console