Thus, the Muscle car era was born. The name Malibu was originally utilized as the description for Chevrolets top series models in the Chevelle line in 1964. Chevelle models ranged from economical family cars to powerful coupes and convertibles. Also available was the L34 396 engine which featured a taller cam, a stronger block, and larger four barrel. So far, has sold more than 8. In addition to engines, buyers selected from no less than six : two three-speeds, four-speed, overdrive, and two automatics. One of its many engine choices was the 327 cubic-inch V-8-engine that was rated at 300 hp and was soon increased to 350 hp the year after.
The 375bhp 396 disappeared as a factory option, but approximately 612 were dealer installed. The Malibu was the top of the line subseries for the Chevelle. Base power comes from a 2. The 1967 Chevrolet Chevelle looked longer and leaner thanks to some styling tweaks. The interiors had pattern cloth and vinyl trims. Following a thirteen-year break, the Chevy Malibu name once again appeared in 1996, and again in 2003 as the latest generation was presented.
Interior room remains mid-size like the previous Malibus, and has been decreased from 101 cubic feet 2. Super Sport versions had an exclusive grille design, bright wheel well moldings, gray-toned rocker moldings, and a domed hood with dummy air intake slots. It was lauded for its robust, body-on-frame construction and responsive coil-spring front suspension. The Malibu models had color-accented bodyside moldings and bright wheelhouse moldings. Generation 2 — 1968-1972 Based on the original intermediate platform, the 1968-72 models' dimensions shifted with a slightly shorter 112-inch wheelbase for coupes and convertibles and a longer, 116-inch wheelbase for sedans and wagons.
The 396 was no longer the big dog, as it received a displacement increase to 402 cubic inches, by way of a. New grilles and rear decks with revised tailights highlighted the 1969 Malibus and other Chevelles. Horsepower dropped again, and the front parking lights were revised slightly. The goal was to improve the ride and handling of the new Malibu; it was described as having more European manners with a firmer, quieter, more linear feel than the previous model. Otherwise, visible change was modest. However, the Malibu sedans remained in production for fleet orders for the 2008. L34 396 V8 350bhp 5200rpm, 415lb-ft 3600.
At mid-year the Malibu was rejoined by lower-line Chevelle models that were simply called the base Chevelle in both four-door sedan and two-door hardtop. That gap would soon disappear. The hood was stretched out and the deck was shortened. A very rare 1980 Malibu M80 was a dealer package for only North and South Carolina in an effort to revive the muscle car era. To this day, it's unknown how many are left or were actually produced. Do not forget to read about.
L48 350 V8 270bhp 5600rpm, 360lb-ft 3200rpm. Around 56,400 were fitted with six-cylinder engine and approximately 95,800 were powered by V8s. The taillights became larger and more flush with the body, providing a cleaner, and more attractive look for those who had the mis fortune of seeing the back of the Chevelle at traffic light encounters. Considering the Malibu line had only been introduced to the public a few short years prior, a sales rate over 265,000 upscale versions of the Chevelle were nothing to sneeze at in 1968, and Malibu handily outsold the lower-spec Chevelle line. Except the Monte Carlo coupe, the Malibu name replaced the Chevelle name on all mid-sized Chevrolets for the 1978 model year.
Models included the base Chevelle Deluxe, mid-range Malibu and the top-line Laguna. However, this car is considered to be genesis, and helped paved the way for muscle cars to come. The new, smaller Malibu was offered for five years before being discontinued after the 1983 model year. The technological progress extends to safety, comfort and connectivity features. Chevy introduced the Malibu nameplate in 1964 as a top-of-the-line model for the Chevelle, which was available a coupe, convertible and four-door sedans and station wagons. Additional sources of information regarding safety of transportation can be found here:. It was voted the 2008 North American Car of the Year at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.
The Malibu is currently on its seventh-generation and it has proven to be a worthy sedan in the highly competitive midsize-sedan market. The exterior remained all business, especially with its standard and small dog dish hub caps. The Chevrolet Chevelle was a mid-sized automobile from Chevrolet in 1964. The styling was revised slightly with a new reworked bumper and a new blackout tail panel. The 1982 Malibu was facelifted with more squared-off front styling marked by quad headlights with long, thin turn signals beneath them.
The sedan initially had a conservative six-window roofline, in contrast to the unusual fastback rooflines adopted by Oldsmobile and Buick divisions. A three speed automatic joined the available three and four speed manuals and two speed. Find all the latest facts, figures and based on year, make and model. But instead of the 375bhp version available the year before, the base 396 only put out 325bhp. When a new Malibu was introduced on the Epsilon platform for 2004, the N-body Malibu was renamed and remained in production for the 2004 and 2005 model years, being restricted to rental car companies and fleet orders. It was also redesigned, with a new bumper, a new roof line with a recessed rear window between the sailing roof panels. Overall it is 3 inches 76 mm longer with a wheelbase that is six inches 152 mm longer.