NUMBERS MATCHING 350 V8, AUTO, PWR FRNT DISCS/STEERING, FACTORY A/C, SLICK WAGON
If you're one of those guys who's into wagons, this 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle Malibu wagon is going to look very tempting. Taken as-is, it's a cool survivor with a lot of practicality built right in. But if you squint a little bit, maybe you can see a trick Chevelle SS wagon that will stop people in their tracks at shows. At this price, you can afford to get creative.
GM's wagons of the late-60s and early '70s are some of the most attractive of all time. Sure, they were designed to be practical, but there was no reason why they couldn't also be stylish and sporty like this Chevelle Malibu. Repainted years ago in factory-style tan, it has a low-profile look that works extremely well with the tinted windows and shiny wheels. Aggressive, but not too much. The good news is that the bodywork underneath is in excellent condition, meaning that it's ready for anything you can imagine (say, a Cranberry Red with white stripes SS job?). The stainless and chrome is likely original, so it's in decent shape, with some of it showing some age and some being in excellent shape, including the roof rack, which I recommend you keep just for style points. The grille should look familiar and with '350' badges on the front fenders, it does offer decent performance in its current state should you just decide to have some fun. This is a cool piece!
The tan interior is in great shape and it's ready for a cross-country road trip with the family. The materials are durable and low-maintenance, and the patters are upscale so this wagon is at home just about anywhere. It's simply too nice to be original, and with black carpets up front, there's a handsome contrast that works rather well. Chevelle owners will feel instantly at home behind the wrap-around instrument panel, and to the owner's credit, it hasn't been hacked up; the original AM radio is still in place and factory gauges monitor the vitals. Options include factory A/C (needs to be serviced) as well as power steering and brakes, both of which are probably mandatory on a car this big. There's plenty of space in the back seat for real-sized adults and obviously that cargo bay will swallow just about anything. Nice carpets give it a finished look and it's no so perfect that you'll be afraid to throw your gear in there.
The engine is the original, numbers-matching 350 cubic inch V8 that's silky smooth and torquey enough to make the wagon feel quick. With a stock 2-barrel carburetor and upgraded HEI ignition, it's bulletproof reliable and reasonably thrifty if you take it easy on the loud pedal. It looks right under the hood, too, with Chevy Orange on the engine itself, a stock air cleaner assembly, and no signs of meddling with the factory formula. A few bits of chrome were added along the line, and a weekend of detailing could really pay dividends here. It's backed by a TH350 3-speed automatic transmission that's always ready to grab another gear, as well as a sturdy 10-bolt rear end out back. New parts include rear springs, shocks and tie rods, so it rides and handles right, and there's a new Flowmaster dual exhaust system for a bit of aural excitement. The underside is clean if a little crusty, and those flashy Torque Thrust wheels and fat BFGoodrich radials give it a hot rod look.
If you dig wagons, you're already making plans to put this Chevelle in your garage. And if not, why? This is a lot of cool V8 hauler for not a lot of cash. Call today!
- Power Steering
- Power Brakes
- Front Disc Brakes
- Vinyl Interior
- Air Conditioning
- Numbers Matching
- AM/FM Radio
- Exterior Color
- Interior Color
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