Original Survivor: 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle Malibu

Sometimes in life, circumstances conspire to leave a person in a position where they have to part with their desirable classic car. That is precisely the situation with this 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle Malibu, and this clean and original car, which is located in Chandler, North Carolina, has been listed for sale here on eBay. At the time of writing, bidding is sitting at $19,099, but the reserve hasn’t been met.

The Malibu is said to be completely original, and while it may not be perfect, it is still very impressive. The Astro Blue paint has a nice shine and consistency to it, while the black vinyl top also appears to be in good condition. I’m not sure if there might be a small mark on the passenger side quarter panel, or if it is just a reflection in the paint. Giving the photos a close inspection, I can’t see any signs of rust, while the trim, chrome, and tinted glass all look to be close to faultless.

Climbing inside the Malibu reveals more evidence of careful ownership, but there is some evidence of the vehicle’s age to be found. The optional bucket seats look good, with some minor wear visible in the piping on the outer edge of the driver’s seat. The plastic section on the outer edge of the lower dash on the driver’s side also has something a bit strange going on, and it is hard to tell just what this is. The rest of the interior is basically spotless, and the car benefits from being fitted with factory air conditioning.

This car is not a fire-breathing monster, but you do get a 307ci V8 engine, a TH350 transmission, 2.73 Posi rear end, and power steering. The Malibu spent many years in storage, but it is now out and mobile once again. The car has been treated to a new radiator, new tires, a new battery, and a full service. It is now in good health, and the owner says that it rides really well. While the engine bay doesn’t present as well as the rest of the car, it is still well within keeping for a survivor car of this age. Having said that, I think that it would probably respond well to a thorough clean, although I wouldn’t be inclined to go berserk with any of that detailing spray.

If you are looking for a clean and original survivor-grade 1970 Chevelle Malibu, this car has to be a strong candidate. It seems to be in above average condition, and the color combination is one of the most desirable that was available back in 1970. Do we have any readers who are interested in bidding on this classic?


  1. TimM

    Pretty clean but 20,000 for a 307 automatic chevelle???

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    • Dustin Lisner

      My thoughts exactly

    • Steve R

      The bucket seats and console are expensive to source for someone that wanted to do that conversion. You would spend $1,000-$1,500 for core seats, reproduction console and steering column, then whatever it cost to have the seats redone. That’s an amount many buyers would factor in when looking at this car.

      Most cars in this condition are also on the west coast, shipping cross country isn’t cheap, those costs need to be accounted for.

      • Jack M.

        Actually Steve, I once worked with a fellow with a 1971 Chevelle SS 396. Bench seat and column shifter. He drove it year round every day. He had to do the body on it 3 or 4 times due to the road salt in Toronto.

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    • 71FXSuperGlide

      $500 car ‘back in the day’. Sigh.

      At least it has factory a/c.

    • Keith

      A 307 with probably a 10 bolt open differential and turbo 350? Worth 10k max due to condition only.

    • Superdessucke

      The bright side is that average people have money to throw around now at least. I don’t see this as a car that the one percenters would be interested in!

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    • Raymond Jacinto

      For that, buy a new Car????

  2. Jack M.

    Even if this car had the 250 cubic inch 6 cylinder the price would be strong. People are looking all over for rust free 1970 Chevelles to clone into big block SS “tributes”.

    • C.Jay

      A couple of years ago, an elderly friend of mine sold a car (a rust free Texas car) similar to this for $14k.
      I’m reasonably certain by now it is a SS Clone.

    • 36 Packard

      That is sad. It looks like a great car just the way it is. Back then, most of us really didn’t want a high performance car, we just wanted a comfortable, good running, and sharp looking car. Sad it will be Frankenstiened.

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  3. Lemble

    Not paying the shop bill for replacing the front and rear fenders, floor, trunk floor and hood along with paying for paint makes this worth 20,000. Make and model has nothing to do with price. You will still have to replace all the rubber gaskets and seals and brakes as needed.

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    • Poncho

      Make and model has nothing to do with the price??? So a 1966 Shelby Cobra is the same as a pristine low mileage, garage kept Pinto? I’d rather take the Cobra and make it a door stop than bother with the Pinto.

  4. Ferrell

    Sweet car, I hope it continues to survive and doesn’t get converted to anything it isn’t. The 2:73 posi rear is a super-bonus, it would lope along at highway speeds without strain or excessive RPM’s. It would be hard to not drive it & wrack up miles!

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  5. Poncho

    Hmmm…$20k. Ok, let’s say you got this underpowered, clean, supposedly rust free, ordinary grocery getting family sedan for $20k. Alright, I get it, you want to do an engine swap. Add another $10k at least for an LS swap with the new tranny and associated bits. Now you need to upgrade the brakes and suspension to be able to perform with the motor and tranny. Now how about that rear differential. I doubt that the 307 rear will be strong enough to handle what you will want to put to it with that fine new LS. Oh, now you need new tires probably and new exhaust because that old system won’t work…Now you are pushing at least $40k for a car on paper with old paint, hopefully no rust, and it still is a car that weighs 3400-3800 lbs. I’m a believer of the old school power-to-weight ratio math when it comes to performance. Do the math. $20k is too much for this car as a starting point unless you don’t mind never getting your money back out. If you think this car is still worth it, how much would you pay for a better equipped car to start with (if you could)? Next you will want the cowl induction hood, but that will have to be painted to match. Let’s throw on some SS badges, now you have a ‘clone’ or ‘tribute’. Still the numbers don’t lie, it is a 307 car that someone threw too much money at to make it what it never was…or really ever will be.

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    • Superdessucke

      Very good points. Costs add up fast!

      That’s why I’d leave it as is. Well, maybe I’d throw in a cam, an aluminum 4-bbl intake, small cfm 4-bbl carb, and dual exhaust to wake it up a tad. But at this price point, I’d keep the investment low.

      Otherwise, if the economy tanks for one reason or other, you’ll really be holding a flaming bag of something unpleasant. And in 10 years, you’ll probably be looking at a market with little to no knowledge of or appreciation for the car. “Why doesn’t it say SS??” LOL!

  6. Rock On

    I would put 307 emblems on anything I owned that came factory equipped with one. Always good when you catch somebody sleeping when you actually have a bored and stroked 454 under the hood. 540 cubic inch is nice size for me.

  7. Nevadahalfrack Nevadahalfrack Member

    No longer on eBay and no indication as to why..

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    • PRA4SNW PRA4SNW Member

      “This listing was ended by the seller because the item is no longer available.”

      Must have received an offer he couldn’t refuse.

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  8. Mark

    Yes, there is and always will be those who instantly think of hopping cars like this up. However, there are folks out there (as I’ve gotten older me included)
    who enjoy a clean, nice driving original.
    Although appealing, every car doesn’t need an LS swap.

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  9. Mark

    How about old school cragers beefer tires and drive. Its worth 20 grand all day

    Like 1
  10. Ken

    “Original Survivor.”

    Too bad it won’t stay that way.

  11. Matt steele

    I just like seeing cars like this..and remembering the days when they were new…or nearly new and everywhere you looked

    Like 1
  12. Steve

    Like many above, I am still stuck in the “old days” when a car like this could be picked up cheap. I had a 71 El Camino in the same color that was my first car back in 1986 that I bought for $300. It was in similar condition, but with a stripped timing gear in the 350 2 barrel engine. A cam and chain swap, along with an older brothers “cast off cast iron” 4 barrel intake manifold and q jest got her back on the road. (I still recall the shade tree fix for the 2 barrel transmission kick down cable being too short. A short piece of coat hanger and some pliers got an extension in place in short order!) I later was gifted an SS dash and hood out of a 70 Chevelle SS that was installed, but no SS badges. also later installed a set of swap meet early 70’s Z28 wheels that were nearly identical to the 71 SS wheels.

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    • 433jeff

      My first 396 ss was 375$ smoked like a pig all original, was red black my second ss was 500$ no motor trans but white interior buckets 4 speed console burgandy white stripe car, thar was nice. All gone now with many in between. The 70-72 chevelle is the best seller. King of the road

  13. Chris M.

    This car is outstanding as it sits. 307 or not you just can’t find clean original cars like this anymore. I wouldn’t clone this car into a big block SS. Just my thought.

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  14. Dom Colucci

    That car is beautiful A 307 can handle double hump heads and a decent cam a 2800 stall the rear will handle it unless your going to do neutral drops at 6000 grand it will be a fun car…

  15. Karl

    It’s sure a nice looking car and I have never been a Chevelle fan. I am also not a fan of building something that it never was, deal with it it’s not an SS and yes it has an automatic. I hope whoever buys it leaves it as what it’s always been a very nice classic car!

  16. Del

    Everyone is dumping their Chevelles while prices hot.

    Bucket seats and console shift great but price is to high for a 307

  17. cmarv

    gone !

  18. Del

    Gone -means nothing if bidders do not honour their bids

  19. Tony S
    • Nevadahalfrack Nevadahalfrack Member

      Not the same car IDT.

  20. Miguel

    This is exactly how I like my cars.

    I wouldn’t change a thing other than the price.

  21. Raymond Hurst Member

    Clone to an SS? You’re looking at big bucks to fill all of the chrome clip holes on top of the fenders, doors, and quarters. Then total repaint. Entire running gear, and on and on. Better off to find and fix a ”real” SS. Leave this one alone and drive it. Maybe a 4 barrel, set of wheels, and dual exhaust. 2 or 3 thousand, tops. Boogie on.

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