Streetside Classics is pleased to announce this stunning 1978 Chevrolet Malibu for your consideration. Despite seeing hundreds of these on the streets growing up, this one is truly a special example. It’s the kind of car that just gets cooler the more you look at it. This decked-out beauty will impress at your local car show, strike up some gas station conversations, and merely make a valuable addition to your garage. The current asking price on this Malibu is set at $29,995, and you can make an offer on the car here.
There’s no doubt about it that this is a really good-looking car. Just look at all those clean lines, great proportions, and that chiseled roof profile. The dark grey paint with killer metallic flakes was borrowed from Cadillac’s late-‘80’s palette and is just the perfect color for a car like this. It keeps the finish from being too “in your face”, which is a good thing since the mechanics handle that part just fine. It is remarkable to find a ’78 Chevrolet Malibu in such clean and straight condition, so it’s obvious that this car received the TLC it deserved. The steel hood was trimmed to account for the breathers, while shiny bright chrome was added to give it a more aggressive look. The bulky front and rear bumpers are also covered in chrome and give this Malibu a more modern look.
The interior on this beauty is also quite impressive and sports race bucket seats wrapped in smooth black vinyl with Simpson harnesses to keep the driver and passenger safe. The fully restored interior boasts a stunning monochrome black theme with extra upholstered material on the door panels and padded dash. Everything is in great condition, including the plush carpets and taut headliner. Notable upgrades include the sporty four-spoke steering wheel that sits atop a tilt column, the Hurst shifter with line-lock that manages the automatic transmission, race-style pedal covers, and a fire extinguisher mounted next to the middle console. Since the OEM gauges covered only the basics, a custom panel was added in the middle of the dash with a set of Sunpro gauges, adding to the car's resto-mod look. Other features include a Kenwood AM/FM/CD stereo, powers speakers throughout, and subwoofers and an amplifier in the trunk.
This 1978 Chevrolet Malibu may have been originally equipped with a light-duty V6 or maybe a wheezy small block, but today there's a built 350 cubic-inch V8 under the hood. The motor was fully rebuilt just 700 miles ago and beautifully detailed with chrome and other dress-up parts. Pop the hood at your local car show and it isn’t hard to see where the big money was spent on this Malibu build. Improvements include polished and ported double hump heads, hardened seats, screwed-in studs, and a Comp 292 hydraulic cam. This car fires right up, runs healthily and drives incredibly well with all that extra horsepower on deck.
What’s more, it’s also got a polished aluminum intake topped with dual 500 CFM Edelbrock 4-barrel carburetors that are fed through those twin air scoops. The built V8 engine is mated to a built TH350 three-speed automatic transmission with a shift kit and a 3,000 stall convertor. All of this power sounds wicked as it leaves the fresh dual exhaust system. This car may even be a sleeper, but it’s hard to disguise with that metallic paint job and oversized rubber housing deep-dish chrome wheels at all corners.
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