No Reserve: 1967 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 396 Tribute

The recent history of this 1967 Chevrolet Chevelle Malibu is slightly convoluted, but it is being offered for sale due to the recent passing of its owner. It it has been listed by his son, who also happens to be the car’s previous owner. This is not a genuine SS 396, but it is a tribute that will cost the buyer considerably less than the real deal. Located in Clarkston, Washington, you will find the Chevelle listed for sale here on eBay. Bidding has raced to $12,800 in this No Reserve auction.

The seller initially purchased the Chevelle 15-years-ago, and the previous owner had commenced transforming it into an SS clone. After three years in his possession, the seller sold the car to his father, who drove it for a while. The father then parked it with plans to tackle it as a father-and-son project with the seller (are you keeping up so far?). Unfortunately, the father passed away before work could commence. Further adding to the bad news is the fact that the Chevelle has spent most of the past 15-years parked outside under a fabric cover. This is always a worry, especially in wetter climes. With that thought in mind, I’m quite surprised that the car hasn’t dissolved into a pile of rust by now. The Red paint is past its prime, and the Black vinyl top has shredded beyond salvation, but there is no evidence of significant rust problems. It looks like some is developing in the lower rear quarter panels, and some sinister bubbles are forming under the vinyl, but overall, it looks particularly promising. The seller doesn’t mention any issues with the floors or frame, so things might not be bad with this classic. The hood has some nasty cracks, and the paint has deteriorated badly, but the glass and the trim look okay. If this Malibu is as sound as the photos suggest, that could make it a straightforward project.

The Chevelle started life with a V8 under the hood, but it wasn’t the big-block monster that we see here. Its specifications aren’t clear, but the Malibu comes equipped with a 402ci V8, a 3-speed Turbo 400 transmission, and power steering. The seller believes that the motor has received some internal upgrades as well as a set of headers. That means that there would’ve been at least 325hp on tap when the V8 was at its best, although a higher figure is possible. Point it at a ¼ mile, and it should easily produce a sub-15-second pass. When the seller’s father purchased the car, he drove it for a while before parking it in preparation for the project build. This stalled before it started, so the car has been sitting idle for more than a decade. It doesn’t currently run, although it does appear that the 402 does turn freely. With something approaching good luck, it may be possible to coax this classic back to life.

Opening the doors and taking a look inside the Malibu reveals an interior that is better than expected. A few aftermarket components like a Sun Tach and some other gauges are mounted under the dash, but the rest of the interior appears to be all genuine Chevrolet. The factory radio is missing, the front of the headliner needs attention, the carpet is faded, and the seat covers are split. However, some of the more costly items like the dash, pad, console, and door trims, seem to be in excellent order. Whipping this interior into shape should not be a difficult undertaking, nor should it break the bank.

If this 1967 Chevrolet Chevelle Malibu were a genuine SS 396, it would have the potential to command some serious cash once restored. Figures over $50,000 would be easy to achieve, while prices beyond $70,000 would be possible if the next owner completed the work to a high standard. The fact is that this is not a genuine SS 396, and while it is still a desirable car, it will fall short of the real deal. However, it could still be worth a fair chunk of change when the work is complete. So, if a genuine SS 396 project car is out of your reach, maybe this tribute deserves a closer look.

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Comments

  1. Steve R

    This car sat outside for a long time, it shows too many signs of rust and moisture penetrating the interior to ignore. It would be more than wise to bid only after a thorough, in person, inspection.

    Steve R

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  2. Ralph

    Optimism is a good trait. Yet too many cars are described as “easy” clean ups or restorations. This can be a bit deceptive, especially to the first time classic or rare car buyers. This, and other sites are full up with “easy” cars to restore but are now for sale. Most of them appear to be projects that never really got started, or off the ground.
    There are many here who can comment on this point. Any decent restoration requires a lot from the owner, in time, money, and patience, and that’s before the question of skill even enters the equation.
    Having extensive experience in this field has shown that there are very few “easy” restorations, despite the owners best intentions. Not throwing rocks at anyone here, just feel that it is too easy to say a clean up or restoration is an “easy” task. If it was, we’d be seeing a ton less of cars like this on BF.
    My wish is for those who bite off more than they can chew is to be real, and sell your project to someone who has the means to complete the project in a timely manner.
    Way too many classics rot into the ground for 10 -35 years as stalled projects, and the resulting damage only makes things tougher for the next owner. Doing things that way only serves as a disservice to those who can, and are able to complete the project down the road. YMMV.

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  3. jerry z

    Sitting outside unused for 13 yrs is just a pile of parts now. Too bad.

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  4. gaspumpchas

    I’m with you, Ralph. People have no idea what it takes to do A resto, depending what level you want to take it to. Many aim too high and stall the project while trying to attain perfection. One thing I hear often on BF, referring to a Rustang, is ” Parts are available so this should be an easy resto” You must know what you are in for, whether you are doing the work yourself, of paying someone by the hour. I did a rotisserie resto on a 65 falcon convertible for my wife. Had a lot of rust but not as bad as some. No matter where I went under that car I found more rust that I wasnt expecting. No such thing as an easy resto. Have fun with it.
    Cheers
    GPC

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  5. ErnieSC

    GPC is CORRECT!!!
    I started with a Running, Driving, Fairly Nice, 67 Chevelle I bought NEW in Dec., ’66.
    Decided I wanted to just Freshen it up. Basic Paint Job and Redo the Interior. WOW, Did that “Mushroom”!!!
    Everyone said – “That Chevelle has 180K Miles on it. At least Rebuild the Motor”! (Motor was running Just Fine!) Well, NO ONE near where I live will do a Basic Paint job except the National Chains and their work is awful. All the Collision Shops said they didn’t do Full Body Paint Jobs. Couldn’t make any money. Wellll, I subbed out the Motor to a Race Shop and decided I would go ahead and Beef it Up while it was out. Took the Tranny to a different Shop to Rebuild to handle the additional HP. Interior to a Trim Shop. Found a Paint Shop that was willing to do a Body On but remove the Front End, Doors, Trunk, etc. for $10G. Everyone was helpful to an Old Man and let me order all the Parts to save me some money! Appreciate that – Really! BUT – I’m in about $40K; I provided the Car; I did some very Basic things as I’m not a Mechanic Plus I’m in my mid-70’s! Yeah, Wife and I are “Reliving the Day” – But I wasn’t expecting this!! LOL!!!!

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