This 1971 Chevrolet Malibu is said to have only 39,000 original miles, and apart from the passenger door repaint obvious in this picture, is said to be wearing its original paint! It’s located in Joliet, Illinois and is listed for sale here on eBay, where bidding is just over $9,000 as I write but there’s no reserve.
We’re not told much about the history of this car apart from that it was an Illinois car its entire life, but never driven in the snow. There are some rust spots in the lower part of the car, but to be honest they are very minor compared to similar cars I’ve seen. There’s some strange dents on the driver’s side as well, but the seller has done a good job of showing pictures of the issues throughout the auction listing. By the way, the rally wheels are replacements and the originals are not available.
The car has a bit of a rake to it; any experts out there know if that’s original or signs of suspension work? It seems a little high in back to me but it may just be the wheel/tire combination. The seller also tells us that the chrome is really nice and that the vinyl top is in perfect condition.
While this is a plainish interior, it is original, and apart from some slits in the driver’s side doesn’t look too bad, including the dashboard. And yes, those are air conditioning vents you see below the dashboard; naturally, the seller tells us the system needs work!
As it should be, the 307 small block starts and runs well. The obviously renewed brake system reflects a swap to front discs conducted a while back for safety reasons. Pretty much everything works as it should. This is one car that I’d just leave alone for a while. I wonder how the paint would buff out, and what bodywork is really necessary at those rust spots. As much as I hate to disturb original paint, I would still fix the rust and dents and treat the car to a repaint in the original color. Not sure I’d do much else those, except drive it! How about you?