Wednesday, October 26, 2011
San Francisco Street Sighting - 1976 Chevrolet Chevelle Malibu Classic
There was a time when Malibu Classic meant something, and the mid-1970s were that time. Chevy's Chevelle coupe lineup had received a new "Colonnade" design language for 1973, with the Malibu making up the mid-level trim model and the new Laguna took the top luxury spot. In 1974 the Malibu Classic was introduced, sporting luxury touches not found on regular Malibus. In 1976, the Classic was given four stacked rectangular headlights and a new diamond-pattern grille in place of the plain horizontal grille bars and dated single round lights of the base car. Also part of the Classic package was a hood ornament; the vinyl landau top was apparently optional. This car rides on Chevy Rally wheels that, as far as I know, were not stock on the Malibu Classic that year but are a popular (and if I might say so, good-looking) add-on.
This car has potential. It needs the bumper re-chromed, and a new grille. I don't much care for the combination of silver and maroon, but my dad's '66 Mustang was originally silver with red interior, so I guess it can work. Speaking of Mustangs, there's a bonus early Mustang convertible in one of the pictures for all you readers who've been waiting to see one. And if you squint really closely, you can also see the blue 1974 Alfa Romeo 2000 GTV I featured a while ago. My primary concern for this car is that the owner pay close attention to the vinyl top. Those are notorious for getting water under them and rusting out the roof, and this one is starting to bubble and peel around the rear window. Get that checked out!