1964 Chevrolet Chevelle "Malibu" Convertible - Custom.
In the Pantheon of American Muscle Cars, the Chevelle has
staked a rock-solid position. When it first rolled off the production lines
in 1964 you get it with 120hp V6 or, either a 283- or 327- V8, that with
the SS set-up would produce 300 bhp. Chevrolet would continue to produce
the Chevelle until 1977, during which time it would get ever-increasing
boosts of horsepower during the muscle-car salad days of the late sixties,
and reach the zenith of it's performance in 1970 when it rolled off the
line with 454 cubic-inches capable of turning out 450 horsepower. As with
all muscle cars, the early '70's saw a continued roll-back on power thanks
to higher fuel and insurance prices, as well as the introduction of smog
equipment. When the Chevelle badge was retired in 1977 the basic chassis/body
style carried on under the Malibu name--de-tuned and de-fanged.
During its run the Chevelle came in nearly every configuration
possible; 2-door, 4-door, convertible, hard-top, and station-wagon. Engine
option over the years ranged from the 195hp 283ci to the fire-breathing
454 which turned out the kind of power that made insurance adjusters tremble
in their loafers. Yenko even put his renowned signature on the '69 models
by equipping them with the same 427 motors he was puting in Camaros prior
to the introduction of the 454. A sub-series of the Chevelle line was the
"Malibu", which came with the top triim package. And there was
the "SS" badge that meant you had opted for the top horsepower
and performance available. The Chevelle SS was Chevrolets entry into the
mid-sized muscle car battle and was meant to compete with the comparably
sized Ford Fairlane.
Here are few of the ads Chevy ran in 1964.
Hot Rods & Custom Stuff, 2324 Auto Park Way, Escondido, CA.,
Hot Rods & Custom Stuff - builds, restores, paints, services and sells
parts for classic autos, cars, trucks and street rods.