Classic Survivor: 1964 Chevelle Malibu

What a great looking Chevelle! I love this body style and it looks great in Meadow Green Metallic. The seller claims that it is an all original two owner car, with some recent work to make it drivable. The odometer is showing just 78k miles, but for all we know, that’s 178k miles. Whether or not it’s low mileage, it looks to be a nice survivor that is ready to be enjoyed as is! You can find this Chevy here on eBay in Guthrie Center, Iowa with a BIN of $17,800.

As great as it looks, I think the asking price is on the high side. If this were an SS or even a 327 car, I think it would be right on the money. Being a 283 Malibu, I think $15k would be a more realistic price, but that’s just my opinion. I will admit, you would be hard pressed to find another survivor in this color that is this nice. The seller provides the option to make an offer, so if you are interested, you might as well make an offer and see what happens!

The seller has documents for work done in 2007 and it looks like someone addressed all the major issues. It looks like someone painted the engine not too long ago, but it doesn’t look great. I’m also a little curious about what is going on with the firewall. Clearly, someone spray painted it with primer, but why? Was it rusty or damaged? Hopefully, the seller can fill us in on the story.

While most buyers want the SS with its bucket seats, I kind of like the idea of having a bench seat. If this had a 4-speed and a 327, it would be the perfect muscle car in my book! It would still be fun with the automatic and the 283. The interior is going to need some work. If you can find the correct cloth for the center insert, you could have an upholstery shop repair the damaged sections. The vinyl looks to be in good shape and the headliner doesn’t look bad. I think if you cleaned up the dash and carpets, you could use it as is.

With all the major work to make it a safe driver already completed, you could drive it right now. I would want to sort the interior and treat any rust issues, but other than that I would leave it as is. How cool would it be to fly into Iowa and drive it home? It would be the adventure of a lifetime!

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  1. wayne lyon

    No 327’s or SS’s in 64.Bought one new in ’64,so bad I swore I’d never buy another GM product!

    • Josh Mortensen Josh Staff

      Hi Wayne, The SS option was offered on the Chevelle Malibu in ’64. And while the 327 wasn’t offered until mid-year ’64, it was available in late ’64s. Here’s an article from ChevelleStuff about what the early Chevelle SS cars:

      • gbvette62

        I agree, not only did they build an SS in 64, they built 67,000 of them. Both the 327/250 and 300 were available in 64. The powers that be at Chevrolet, knew they needed something to try to keep up with Pontiac’s GTO, so they approved offering the 327.

        I inherited an Azure Aqua 64 Chevelle 300, 2 door post, with the base 194 6 cyl, and a Powerglide, from an aunt in the early 80’s. I think the only option besides the Powerglide, was an AM radio. My aunt bought the car new, and it only had about 31000 miles on it. Since it was always garaged, it was solid and rust free. Unfortunately, the car wasn’t very straight or clean. My aunt was old and habit of hitting the garage door on her way in or out of the garage, leaving both sides of the car somewhat scarred. She even managed to drive through the back wall of her garage once.

        I kept the car for a few years, cleaned it up some, and was getting ready to drop a small block in it, when a friend inquired about it. He was looking for a project for him and his son to work on, so I sold it.

        I always thought the 65 was better looking, with it’s pointed grill, compared to the flat one on the 64. I might have kept the car if it had been a 65.

    • Billy Bob Thunderbird

      My Dad bought a 1964 Malibu that had a 327 and a four speed transmission ,Mom liked it better than the 1963 SS 409 Impala
      That they owned prior to the purchase of the malibu
      My dads only regret with the malibu was that he wished that
      He would have bought the 327 300 HP, instead of the ,250 HP 327, In 1968 mom almost killed
      Herself in the car ,she push the front end in so badly the motor
      Came in through the fire wall.
      She was a very small woman
      We think thats what kept her from being killed .I remember going to the body shop with my
      Dad to look at the car,
      It shook me up pretty bad.
      She got a 67 chevelle convertible after that ,man what
      Beautiful cars my parents owned whenI was little.
      I miss those days.

      • Billy Bob Thunderbird

        P.S. Mom is eighty years old feisty as ever she still
        Misses that 1964 Chevelle
        Though she to this day does not remember how she wrecked that car
        They said she was going well over 100 mph when
        She wrecked it.
        I love my Mom and Dad
        They had great taste in automobiles.I remember sitting in that chevelle when it was new thinking
        How square it looked compared to the 1963 SS 409 ,4 speed dual quad ember red impala. But it was a nice car dark blue with blue interior it had dual exhaust with glass packs i guess cause it sounded so sweet.

  2. Blyndgesser

    SMS should have the correct fabric.

  3. Smittydog

    When the baby boomers get too old you won’t be able to give these cars to the next generation. Value is dropping as we speak. BTW thanks for all the new advertising. Might be a market for a new site.

    • Greg

      Let’s hope this is the case. I want a chance to own these cars.

    • nitroboy

      You are absolutely right. I’m 67 now and that ’65 chevelle ss with a 4-speed is still my favorite car of all time. Go figure. Can’t imagine x-gens or anyone else wanting this car.

    • Teddy

      Values are going to drop.

      • Nevadahalfrack Nevadahalfrack Member

        I dunno, Teddy-my folks bought a new ‘64 Tudor wagon with a 6banger w/ 3 on the tree in New Jersey when we landed Stateside & drove it to Stead AFB (Reno) via FLA., GEO. & Texas. Haven’t found a 2dr for less than $9000 in horrible condition..
        typical price? $38,000-my folks paid $2200, less than 10% of the 1700 sg ft home on 1/3 acre that year out here..

  4. Craig

    Bit of rust along that rear window trim at the bottom. But a nice vanilla nuthin’ fancy driver that’s for sure.
    I’d want to add disc brakes in front at the least, assuming that it is presently drums all around.

  5. Luke Fitzgerald

    Value dropping? Wow – I’m hard pressed finding ANYTHING worth buying less than 5 large now – there will be no ceiling when these heaps are 60 or 70 years old – regardless of specification. The idea that a car like this was worth anywhere near this money, even 10 years ago, would be a joke. Try another 10.

    • Richard Gaskill

      Luke, I can name many cars that have gained no value in the last 10 years. It’s possible this owner paid no insurance or storage fees during that time but owners of more valuable cars that do insure and store their cars go further in the hole each year.

    • Woodie Man

      Just amazing. Went to school with a guy and he had the exact model and features in dark blue. in 1981. I never thought much of the design .just another mid size Chevy. Funny how the ask is the equivalent more or less of Id say 5500 bucks in 1981. I remember he tried to sell it and couldn’t get 500 bucks. Time is a strange thing.

    • rando

      I think it depends on where you are looking. Watched a rerun of Mecum from Kissimmee yesterday and yes, values do seem to be rising. But look at the prices of 30’s cars. Not that strong for original cars. And hotrods are purely subjective. Have to FIND the buyer for those that likes what has been done already. I saw a really nicely done 34 Ford Hotrod on there that was awful to me.

      I think we’re building up to a crash again. 46K for a really nice 79 T/A? How high can it go? 100K for anything? No way. At those prices the cars won;t be driven. Will be just as nice and available again in the future.

      Just me though. Mecum didn’t appear to have any really good “values” on that particular episode. Just seems like folks were spending top dollar. How will they ever recoup? Doesn’t seem like they will be able to get any kind of good return.

  6. fordfan

    Water leaks were the biggest problem with these cars ,water in the trunk ,under the carpet or in my case under the rubber mats so It could not evaporate and rusted out the floors
    Oh yes crappy powerglide transmission

    • Don

      Crappy powerglide they where and are still used in drag cars new and old 🚦

      • Norm Wrensch

        But there is very little of the stock powerglide left in a drag glide. In stock form it would not tolerate that abuse. The only reason they use them is because they have so much less parasitic drag them any other automatic trans. They only require 10-15 hp to operate when most everything else is over 20. A C4 or 904 maybe under 20 but not by much.

      • BRAKTRCR

        And they are very consistent in street Bracket Racers and race only cars.

  7. Ted S

    Ten cents per mile….

  8. Richard Gaskill

    There was an SS option for Malibu and 8,335 ’64 Malibus had 327’s.

  9. 68 custom

    looks like a pretty nice Malibu but would you believe I would rather have a 300 deluxe with the 283 and a three on the tree!

  10. GP Member

    The next generation will say, Well if I can’t start it from my phone, just junk it.

    • Blasphemy

      Agree. Parents had a 65; ugly then and still ugly today. 17k??? Maybe too many gas fumes from a leaky tank

  11. Bob S

    Corvairs have next to no value. Imagine that, air cooled, aluminum block and head (maybe Turbo) multi carb, independent suspension, space efficient, lightweight, robust.
    I like these Chevelles and those that came after. 70’s and 80’s and 90’s domestic cars no one will ever want.

  12. George

    It’s green.

  13. Howard A Member

    Back in the early 80’s, I have a friend ( in N. Wis) who’s grandmother had a car like this, only a 4 door, green. It had under 40K miles, even had the plastic on the seats. She rarely used it, and it looked immaculate. Many years passed, and after moving up here, I asked my friend whatever happened to his grandma’s car? He said, after she passed away, it sat in the garage for 15 years, and allegedly, the frame was rusted ( total baloney, I figured the garage that inspected it, wanted it) and they junked it !! NOOOOO!!! Too late. I say this is original. Great find. They’re still out there, but get them before some garage does an “inspection” and deems it “junk”.

  14. Conivan

    What do you guys think of the powerglide? I bought a 67 impala 327 convertible from the original owner for $10,000. With 34k documented. It has a powerglide and I don’t know what to think of it. Never driven one before.

    • Anthony R from RI

      Nothing wrong with a powerglide except standing start acceleration… A powerglide will last forever but with only a 1.76 first gear and typically a 3.08 rear end ratio, not a lot of grunt off the line a Turbo 400 has a 2.48 first gear

    • 68 custom

      my 68 Impala was pretty friskie with the 327/275 horse motor and powerglide, but it did have 33.6 gear set.

    • Howard A Member

      Hi Conivan, we used to laugh at anything with a Powerglide. Today, in a slightly modified form, the Powerglide is the choice for drag racers. Who’s laughing now?

      • Conivan

        Thank you, this is the second 67 impala I have owned. But the first time I drive a powerglide. Now that I have got use to it. It is kind of nice. It would be nice to have overdrive but sense it’s all matching numbers I would never change a thing.

  15. 63Comet

    I’m going to disagree with those of you picking on younger generations. First off, I’m a Gen-Xer, born in ’75. When I was growing up, the cars we could afford were typically 2 door inline 6s or 4 door V8s from the ’60s and ’70s. It’s what we came to love. Moreover, my three children all love classic cars and so do some of their friends. Are there fewer people fixing, driving, and maintaining them than in the past? Sure, I concede that as a reality of ever changing car markets and the realities of cars dying off, etc., but it’s not entirely dire either and there are younger people appreciating this–and maybe more than some of you might think. That said, I’m from the Upper Midwest, where small towns and rural areas still play a huge role, so I’m not speaking to larger urban contexts.

    • Howard A Member

      Hi ’63, were not ripping on Gen-X’ers. It’s the Gen-X’ers kids, that don’t have the luxury of having a dad that’s into these things, is were the problem comes in. I’m from rural N. Wis. and I agree, there is a big interest for this stuff, but it comprises a small number, and most, I’ve found from attending shows out east, ( urban mostly, there is no SUBurban in NYS) the young people were in the soda tent fiddling with their phones. Not one was looking at the cars. Kinda sad, as in the midwest, it’s Ford, Chevy, Dodge, that’s it, and that’s ok, not too much exotic. Out east, there were several rare makes at these shows, these young people didn’t even look at. I made a mental note of that. That’s a shame.

      • 63Comet

        But hotrodding and classic car care has always been a minority of the population. Otherwise, every family would have cars they hand down and wrench on. That said, I have no basis upon which to disagree that most children are more concerned with phones than classic/muscle cars, hot rods, etc. I also agree with you that there are more exotic brands out East. Here in the Upper Midwest, exotic seems to be Hudson, Studebaker, and a rare Huppmobile. I just didn’t want my children’s generation completely maligned. My kids are getting into it and my son has a few friends who are too. Yes, a minority, but there is hope . . .

      • Jim Warner

        Howard A, you’re all wet about NYS, obviously you’ve never gotten off I-86/US17 across the southern areas of the state and traveled through the COUNTRYSIDE where the largest “skyscrapers” are either eight- to twelve-story elderly housing facilities or grain elevators! You can go from the Erie, PA area to the eastern Catskills along that road and pass by not more than FIVE OR SIX “metropolitan areas” having maximum urban populations of probably 50,000 or less in well over 400 MILES of New York territory; Jamestown, Olean, Corning, Elmira-Horseheads, Johnson City, and Binghamton — not to even mention the Adirondack Mountains area, the Finger Lakes, and vast expanses of open land along I-90 in north-central NY BETWEEN cities.
        I really do believe that so many of you who fly into NYC, Buffalo, Rochester, or Albany REALLY need to take a few weeks and make a ROAD TRIP across and through New York State before posting stuff about which you know nothing. Look up information pertaining to NY’s fruit, vegetable, and dairy production sometime, you MIGHT be surprised! Happy Easter!

      • Ralph Robichaud

        Hey Jim Warner- No one is crapping on New York State, that was not the point of the commentary. The point was that todays youth, particularly those in substantially urban areas have far less interest in automobiles than the youth from more rural areas. Period!. But I think you’d concede that NYS is far more urbanized than Nebraska., even if New York has its fair share of country hicks.

  16. Dan

    You could get a 6 cylinder SS in 1964. My mom bought one new…white with a red interior, bucket seats and console auto….chrome valve cover and air cleaner lid…..neat little car, she traded it for a Pinto while I was out of town…..oh I about died……wanted that car so bad….

  17. Eddie

    I Just Got To Say I Love 60s, 70s,80s Chevy’ They Just Made Cars Right Had Many Of Them,Good Running Depenable And Fun Cars And Fast,283,327,350,396,427,454 and 6cyls to SS Chvelle,Impalla,Camaro,And Three Corvettes And Not To Forget The Trucks All Great Cars And Motors Wish I Still Had Them All But I Now Drive A Nisson For The Good Gas Millage,I’ll Always Love Those Chevy Cars,And Trucks With V8s.

  18. Rustytech

    I agree this is a nice original car, but it is a plain Jane Chevelle. There is also some work needed. With it needing body work around the rear window, interior refurbish, and at minimum detailing under the hood, I don’t see $17k here. I’d put it closer to $9 to $10k. I do like it though!

  19. Ralph Robichaud

    Anyone hoping to get $15k ++++, would be well advised to at least have partial re-upholstery done, at the very least. There really nothing exotic or captivating about a near entry level GM mid-sized sedan.. These were not great cars to begin with.. 67s Malibus and onward had so much improved. Sorry, I’m not breaking open my piggy bank for this one… I can’t call it desirable, just acceptable.

  20. Eddie

    True I Think This Is More Like A $4,000 Car Any More And I Could Buy A Nice Corvette !

  21. charlie

    Family ’56 Chevy went 14 years, about 140,000 miles, much of it city driving, Powerglide only failed once on Mass Pike, in ’61 after driving for several hours at 70 mph plus, pulled out of toll booth, and it stayed in the low of its two gears, went up a big hill at about 45 in the breakdown lane, coasted down, put it back in drive at about 45, and it was the high of the two gears, and it never happened again in the next ten years we owned it.

    • ROTAG999

      That 56 had the old cast iron not like the 64 Aluminum PG later ones are pretty damn tough.

  22. ROTAG999

    Had a 64 SS this one looks great with the big meats and poverty-dogdish caps.

  23. ROTAG999

    If back glass has rust front more then likely has it also. That SS trim just traps the water and the tinworm gets busy.

  24. Smittydog

    Yep, helped a buddy drop a 396 into one of these in 1970. Very fast.

  25. JohnD

    Nice ’64, but not at that price, IMHO. And it needs to be a 327 SS/4 speed. As far as the future of these cars, I believe there’s still room for appreciation, at least until the late boomers/early Gen X-ers such as myself (born 1966) become too old to enjoy them. I hope that’s another 25 years or so! Owned a hotrodded ’71 Malibu when I was 22, before job and family took over. I’m just a gawker now but I’ve been an enthusiast all my life so I like to think I’m ‘in tune’ with the hobby! BTW, I owe it all to dad and Papap. They were really car guys, loved to wrench, and passed it on to me. My 18 y.o. Son just isn’t into the hobby like me, but he can definitely appreciate a nice new Mustang GT!

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