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No Reserve Driver: 1972 Chevrolet Chevelle

The 1970-72 Chevrolet Chevelle Super Sport is one of the most popular muscle cars to clone. That’s because it’s hard to tell the difference between the real thing and an imitator without paperwork. Fortunately, no detective work is needed here as the seller readily admits this Malibu is a tribute based on a ’72 V8 Chevelle. From Pompano Beach, Florida, this striped Chevy is available here on eBay where the current bid is $15,700.

From 1966 to 1968, the popular Chevelle SS 396 was a series of its own as the mid-size muscle market was flourishing. So, it was fairly easy to check 50 years later if you were looking at a factory-built Chevelle SS or not. But the SS 396 cars reverted to option status in 1969 and were joined by 454 cubic inch companions in 1970, requiring more homework. And 350 CI editions joined the party in 1971-72. Here’s one of many resources out there that help when shopping. However, that’s not necessary here as this ’72 was not optioned as an SS when new. It is one of 207,000 Malibu Sport Coupes produced that year.

The seller refers to this Chevy as “one-of-a-kind” but doesn’t really explain why it’s so unusual. It wears “show quality” red paint and white stripes which have recently been applied. It has the requisite cowl induction hood and flapper that add to the look of a Super Sport of that era.  The interior has bucket seats and a console that we’re told new door panels are present. The seller is a dealer, so the known history of the Chevy is probably limited.

Powering this Malibu is a “mild” 350 cubic inch V8, which we assume has been tricked up a little. But is it the original engine that has been modified or one sourced from another car? It’s paired with a TH-350 automatic transmission and 12-bolt rear end with posi-traction, and we’re told the whole package runs strong. It looks like a great car, but has anything been missed in transforming into an SS clone? For example, are the Rally wheels from 1970 or earlier?  To help present his wares, the seller has provided two videos, one of which is a slideshow and the other a walkaround.


  1. Avatar photo RayT

    As an admitted “clone,” I’d have zero problem with this. Being a get-in-and-drive-the daylights-out-of-it type, I’d much rather put miles — and, thus, wear — on a car that wasn’t strictly original, if said original is worth piles o’ loot.

    It’s especially nice that he didn’t go the big-block route. A 350 will put out plenty of power without overburdening the front suspension, brakes, etc. Not much is said about spiffing up the suspension, but a few improvements would make me happier, anyway.

    Neat ride, and it looks just the way I’d like it to!

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  2. Avatar photo TomP

    It looks more like a Heavy Chevy if you delete the emblems and change the stripes, which was produced the same year.

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    • Avatar photo jim

      I agree with you and I do think that this was just that.but either one they both look good.

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      • Avatar photo Sally

        is it an automatic, shouldn’t it have a 396 to be factory? is it not an SS

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  3. Avatar photo ACZ

    A South Florida car without A/C?

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    • Avatar photo Greg Gustafson

      Every time I mention that a car I’ve seen on Barn Finds needs to be air conditioned, I get beat up in the comments. :-/

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      • Avatar photo Walter

        Not by me you won’t. I don’t live too far from Pompano and like this car a lot. But, I’d have to win the auction and then add an AC system for it to be truly usable. Not sure the money works out.

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      • Avatar photo ACZ

        Not by me. In 1965, very few cars had A/C, so the that was only a dream. I’m not that young anymore. Why should I be uncomfortable in a car I like?

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  4. Avatar photo m demott

    Would be even nicer with three pedals on the floor and AC.

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  5. Avatar photo Shuttle Guy Member

    Hate to be a pessimist but I’m a huge pass on anything from Florida right now.

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    • Avatar photo TomP


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      • Avatar photo Donnie L Sears

        Water damage.

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  6. Avatar photo Walter

    Sold for 36,600.
    Wow ! Good for the seller and the car is very clean but, wow.

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