NEW PRICE! Fresh six-figure build. LS2 V8, 4L60E transmission, Corvette 4-wheel disc, show-quality paint, new alcantara and leather interior, new convertible top. Fully sorted, runs and drives extremely well. Wow!
The styling has aged incredibly well and the super clean flanks and simple shape of the Malibu makes it stand out in a sea of over-chromed ‘60s cruisers, and few look better than this black ragtop. Stripped down to the bare essentials, it looks like it has been honed to a razor’s edge. The high-gloss black paint is miles deep, applied less than 18 months ago over exceptionally straight bodywork. Check the gaps, the reflections, and the straight lines that are visible across every surface on the car. A cowl induction hood is the lone deviation from stock—they left all the trim, the chrome bumpers, and even the Malibu SS emblems on the quarters, so there’s no question about its identity. But between the stance and those screened air inlets that took the place of the high-beam headlights, there’s no question this car is deadly serious.
Inside there’s an all-new alcantara and leather interior designed to match the black bodywork and installed to the tune of about $8000 (and bear in mind, the interior was already restored when they started!). Factory buckets were re-covered, new carpets were installed on the floors, and custom door panels were fabricated to match the seats but still emulate the originals. Factory door handles and arm rests, plus original-looking stainless trim, keeps the connection to 1964 alive, but it was filled with modern tech: a carbon-fiber dash with Auto Meter gauges (including a functional air/fuel ratio meter), ice cold A/C, power windows, a tilt steering column, and a custom center console that uses the original shifter to manage the 4L60E 4-speed automatic overdrive transmission. Everything is in like-new condition with only 900 miles since it was completed and it’s worth noting that there’s even a factory-style ALDL connector under the dash for doing diagnostic work on the LS engine up front (which uses factory fuel injection). Overhead there’s a new black convertible top that fits beautifully and the trunk was custom-trimmed to match the interior with rigid bulkheads to hide the battery and computer wiring.
Power comes from a 6.2 liter LS2 V8 installed in 2013 by Bob Phelps Motorsports in Addison, Michigan. With L92 heads, it makes right around 500 horsepower, yet remains totally docile and user-friendly, which is all thanks to the wonders of factory engine management. Up top there’s a custom fabricated Wilson Manifolds aluminum intake with a billet throttle body, polished stainless air intake that uses the driver’s side high-beam hole for cool air, as well as a set of high-flow fuel rails and injectors. Most of the hardware was polished, and to conceal the factory coil packs, there are those gorgeous finned faux “valve covers” from Billet Specialties. A block-hugging serpentine belt drive system makes the LS a neat fit in the vintage Malibu’s engine bay, even with a gigantic electric fooling fan and a thick aluminum radiator up front. It’s worth noting that the power brakes use a Hydro-Boost system to make stopping effortless (we’ll get to the brakes themselves in a moment). The firewall was smoothed and everything that isn’t polished aluminum was painted gloss black to make it an ideal showcase of the potent V8.
The transmission is a 4L60E 4-speed automatic with overdrive, and it feeds the original 10-bolt rear end with what feel like 3.73 gears inside. Thanks to that deep overdrive gear, this thing just loafs along at highway speeds, but it offers lightning-quick reflexes on the street, so you can forget about automatic transmissions being a liability. Those gorgeous long-tube headers feed a custom stainless exhaust with X-pipe and Stainless Works mufflers, giving it a wicked cackle that doesn’t drone at highway speeds. There’s also a giant disc brake at each corner, borrowed from a C5 Corvette along with the aluminum spindles that hold them in place, so handling is sharp for a 54-year-old ragtop. Handsome 18-inch Budnik billet aluminum wheels fill the fenders and carry staggered 235/40/18 front and 55/45/18 rear performance radials.
Beautifully built, completely sorted, and stunning to look at, this is a car that was built up to a standard, not down to a price. It works like it should, drives like a far younger machine, and given the growing popularity of the early Chevelles, it will always be a celebrity, no matter where it goes. Offered for far less than the cost of duplication, this is a car that is at home in the finest collection. Call today!
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