For Sale: 1978 Chevrolet Malibu in Morgantown, Pennsylvania

Vehicle Description

1978 Chevrolet Malibu Station Wagon

Over the decades, a variety of economic and environmental forces have shaped the domestic auto manufacturing landscape, and in the middle of the 1970's these factors came into play once again as Chevrolet downsized its intermediate-sized Malibu for the 1978 model year with the introduction of the all-new G-body platform. The prior version of the intermediate platform, known as the A-body, had been built between 1973 and 1977 and was designed just prior to the wholesale economic fallout of the oil embargo. Too heavy and fuel thirsty for Americans, the GM intermediates were redesigned for 1978, with Chevy reducing the Malibu's mass by at least 500 pounds. The change was fortuitous as the new Malibu lost none of its usable interior volume, its rear-drive layout, or its optional V-8. (Thx to Johnny Hunkins Motor-trend Hot Rod Features writer)

For consignment, a well documented Malibu station wagon from 1978. This is only one of a very few, (believed to be at most 32 built), wagons that was ordered with a 4 speed manual transmission, F40 suspension, and Positraction rear axle. In essence a muscle car to go get the groceries or pick up the kids from practice. Tinted glass, Ziebart rustproofing from the dealer, and some time in storage out west until it made its way back to PA with a CraigsList purchase, where some extra work was done just to upgrade things a bit more. Read on long roof fans.

Exterior
With the square and rectangle exterior look right out of the late 1970's, this car screams suburbia, but also has a hidden scream in its drivetrain configuration...(see Drivetrain section!). Straight body panels a respray of the factory matching Code 67 Saffron paint has been expertly applied. The body, doors and other bolt ons were taken off to do a really good job and it shows as such on the paint front. The windows were tinted darker, and gaskets were all replaced for a better seal. Trimmings and all chrome are in excellent condition, mainly due to the 24 years it spent out west in storage. Also, yielding a well kept original car. A chromed roof rack and plenty of trimmings shiny and bright circumnavigate the exterior red. On back is a sleek gate and rear glass uninterrupted by the pesky tail lights which have now been relegated to the lower shiny bumper! 15-inch body matching rally wheels have nice trim rings on their edges and are all wrapped in 195/75R14 rubber from the 3rd week of 2013.

Interior
Mostly original with some interesting upgrades but showing in the factory plaid multicolor broadcloth and surrounding camel tan textured vinyl. The doors have a panel of the plaid with camel vinyl and carpeted in gold lowers. The bench is excellent with little to no wear, and shows with the multicolor plaid with smooth camel vinyl bolsters and headrests. The rear bench shows the same is in even nicer unused condition. There is a little custom touch with a black wrap around the Billet style rally steering wheel and now has a Bosch tachometer installed by "Bulldog Rod and Customs" attached to the column. Keeping with the design of the time, square and rectangles take over for the factory dash with its full gauge pack instrument custer and In the center residing on top of the climate slider and radio square is a Hawaiian hula dancer who shakes her stuff when you get goosey with your boot and do some speed shifting with he floor shifter, (for a wagon? now that's cool!). A new headliner is above and is nice and tight, and flooring is gold carpeting which looks much like new. In the back, the wagon bed is also looking clean and ready to go and show.

Drivetrain
Under the hood in a just slightly patina engine bay we see the correct 305ci V8 which is fed by a 2 barrel carburetor. There is the Saginaw 4-speed manual transmission on back, with a 10 bolt posi 2.73 gear rear axle. AC has the newer freon, new oil seals and gaskets are on, and the speedo cable underwent a lube job.

Undercarriage
Thanks to the dealer installed Ziebart rustproofing when the car was new, it remains rust free on the undercarriage. A heavy duty cooling system is in and K&B gas shocks help provide the ride and work in unison with front independent coil spring suspension, and a 4 link with coil spring rear axle. Big power disc brakes are now upfront, and drums for the rear, still power assisted. Also a new sway bar is on and we note this car is F40 suspension equipped. Looking very aero with the stamped steel floor pans and simple undercarriage.

Drive-Ability
Slipping inside I did not expect to see a shifter and a tachometer in there! But alas it's there and so I fired this wagon up and off to the test track where it ran very nicely. Good smooth acceleration, easy shifting, a solid clutch, and power steering and brakes made handling and stopping a breeze. All functions save for the clock were in working order, and the AC blows cold with the new freon which is also environmentally friendly.

Once owned by a closet race driver who had obligations of a family but still got away with some speeding and maybe even covert street racing every now and again? Tinted glass, nice interior, beautifully preserved exterior respray and 24 years of storage out west have not hurt this vehicle one bit. Let's go get some groceries (psssst, we can do a small race on the way!)

1W35U8D488793

1-Chevrolet
W-Malibu Classic
35-4 Door Station Wagon
U-305ci V8 2bbl 135hp
8-1978
D-Doraville, GA Assy Plant
488793-Sequential Unit Number

TRIM TAG

ST 78 1AW35-1978 Malibu Classic 4 Door Station Wagon
BDY D158388-Doraville Body #
TR 62E-Camel Tan Tweed & Vinyl
PNT 67-Saffron
04B-2nd Week April Build

Classic Auto Mall is a 336,000-square foot classic and special interest automobile showroom, featuring over 850 vehicles for sale with showroom space for up to 1,000 vehicles. Also, a 400 vehicle barn find collection is on display. This vehicle is located in our showroom in Morgantown, Pennsylvania, conveniently located just 1-hour west of Philadelphia on the I-76 Pennsylvania Turnpike. The website is www.classicautomall.com and our phone number is (888) 227-0914. Please contact us anytime for more information or to come see the vehicle in person.

Vehicle Details

  • 1978 Chevrolet Malibu
  • Listing ID: CC-1677908
  • Price: $31,900
  • Location:Morgantown, Pennsylvania
  • Year:1978
  • Make:Chevrolet
  • Model:Malibu
  • Exterior Color:Saffron
  • Interior Color:Camel Tan
  • Transmission:Manual
  • Odometer:74
  • Stock Number:4827
  • VIN:1W35U8D488793
Listed By:
Classic Auto Mall
6180 Morgantown Rd.
Morgantown, PA 19543

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