A lot of guys like to keep a low profile, so if you like high performance without the flash, perhaps this 1969 Chevrolet Chevelle Malibu is the smart choice. Finished in subtle Frost Lime and without any SS stripes or a cowl-induction hood, it makes a compelling case for speaking softly and carrying a big stick.
The fender tag says it was originally code 59 Frost Lime, and that's what's on the car today. No distracting SS stripes, no blacked-out trim, just a subtle paint job that lets the shape do the talking. It's an older paint job that could do with some freshening today, but you've already surmised that from the price. On the other hand, it's distinctive and the base material was obviously very good. The sheetmetal is straight, the gaps are good, and there's no bad news waiting for you underneath that matching green vinyl roof. The subtle color actually looks great, and if you look at it in the right light, it really highlights the A-body's awesome shape; just check out the way the finish glows in the side profile shots. It's still wearing all its correct badges and trim, which is in very good condition, and it's always refreshing to see one still looking the way the factory built it, right down to the MALIBU block letter on the quarter panels.
Checking the cowl tag, you can see the original interior is code 784, Medium Green. It's obviously been restored at some point, and with bucket seats and a console, it's dressed rather well. The seat covers are reproductions but it's possible that the door panels are original and the carpets are probably new. The original gauges are in good shape and cover the basics, and it's very interesting to see a column-shifted car with a factory console, especially with the unusual color combination; could this be a one-of-one build? The steering wheel is a modern wooden piece that works well in the vintage Chevelle, and even the original AM radio is still in the dash. It has factory A/C, but it's not hooked up, but again, that's one place someone could add a lot of value without a huge investment. The trunk shows signs of the original spatter-finish paint and carries a full-sized spare.
The small block under the hood has been rebuilt with a few extras to deliver a fairly serious punch when you nail the throttle. When it was built, they obviously dressed it up to match the bodywork with a color-matched green engine block, finned Edelbrock valve covers, and even a painted radiator shroud. There's quite a bit of new hardware, including an Edelbrock 4-barrel carburetor and intake manifold, and bright yellow plug wires add a dash of contrast. Underneath, it's very clean, with a slick-shifting TH350 driving a 12-bolt rear, which is a nice upgrade on a small block car. The exhaust system features long-tube headers and a brand new dual exhaust system with an X-pipe and Magnaflow mufflers with turndowns for a great sound. Factory Rallys are the right choice and carry white-letter performance radials that fill the fenders perfectly.
Great Chevelles don't have to be expensive, with a little time and effort, this cool hardtop could be something truly amazing. Call today!