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Launched for 1964, Chevrolet’s brand-new intermediate Chevelle was marketed as the GM division’s “senior compact” and offered Chevy buyers a wide and complete model range to suit virtually any buyer requirement. Organized along the entry-level Chevelle 300 and upscale Chevelle Malibu series, the new Chevy was built at GM Assembly plants in Baltimore, Kansas City, and a new factory set up in Fremont, California. Bridging the wide gap between the compact Chevy II and Corvair lines and the full-size Chevrolets, the Chevelle was an immediate sales success thanks to crisp, attractive styling, extensive options, and sheer value for the dollar. Incredibly versatile and clean in design, the Chevelle was based upon a perimeter frame with a “just right” 115-inch wheelbase length and full coil-spring underpinnings shared with its stable-mates from Buick, Olds, and Pontiac.
In keeping with Chevrolet practice, the Chevelle was available from launch with virtually every Chevy engine ranging from thrifty inline sixes to powerful small-block V-8s. In all, no fewer than 14 specific powertrain combinations were available for the Chevelle’s introductory year! The basic Chevelle engine was the 194 cubic-inch inline ‘six’ shared with the Chevy II Nova and a larger 230 cubic-inch ‘six’ was optional, shared with Chevrolet’s full-size model lines. The Chevelle’s V-8 power choices included a 283 V-8 with up to 220 horsepower for 1964, with the 300-horsepower 327 not initially listed in Chevy sales literature but nonetheless becoming available later during the 1964 model year. The highly desirable and popular ‘SS’ Super Sport trim and performance option was immediately available for the Chevelle, as was a new GM-sourced four-speed manual transmission with floor shift and the venerable Powerglide automatic. For open-air driving enthusiasts, the particularly handsome convertible was exclusive to the top-level Chevelle Malibu.
Blessed with incredibly clean bodylines and thankfully not hot rodded or modified like so many of its brethren today, this wonderfully restored 1964 Chevelle Malibu convertible marks a great and rarely seen example of the top Chevelle model from the inaugural model year. Simply striking in white paint with an eye-catching red interior compartment, this Malibu convertible is accented by the discreet Super Sport trim package including “spinner” hubcaps and a console housing a sporty floor shifter for the Powerglide automatic transmission. The 283 cubic-inch V-8 engine provides ample power and both the engine and underhood area are nicely finished with proper details in place, including the glass windshield-washer bottle. If you are looking for a refreshing break from other far more common 1960s cars – in top open-air form – then this first-year Chevelle Malibu convertible is the ticket, being sold to the highest bidder at No Reserve!
Original Build Sheet included!