Popular Project: 1964 Chevrolet Chevelle Malibu

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Introduced to the motoring public in 1964, and remaining in production until 1977, the Chevelle has become one of the firm favorites amongst the lovers of classic Chevrolets. This is entirely understandable, as the cars, especially those from the 1st and 2nd Generation not only possess nice styling, but they were available with a tasty assortment of engines and transmissions. This particular ’64 Chevelle Malibu will require restoration, but it appears to be a really solid base upon which to build. The owner has set a BIN price of $4,800 for the Chevelle, which is located in Youngwood, Pennsylvania. You will find it listed for sale here on eBay.

The owner of the Chevelle actually says that the car is better than it looks. He states that apart from a coating of surface corrosion, the frame is solid, as are the majority of the floor. It will need new quarter panels, a new trunk floor, and there are a couple of other small areas of rust on the car that will need repairs. The windshield is also cracked, but a replacement is included with the car.

Under the hood is a 283ci V8, backed by a Powerglide transmission. The engine doesn’t run, as it is missing a few items like a starter motor, alternator, and it looks like the exhaust manifolds are also missing. It’s nice to see that the seller has plugged up the exhaust ports to stop foreign objects finding their way into the engine. While it doesn’t run, the owner says that the engine turns freely and that the car rolls easily, so getting it onto a trailer to take home should be a piece of cake.

It looks like at some point the car has received some body panels from another vehicle, and I would say that some of the interior trim from that car has also found its way into this one. The door trims and trim in the rear look good and it all matches, but I don’t think that blue trim would have been a factory combination with the red paint. The rear seat looks good, but the dash has been cut at some point to fit an aftermarket stereo. The new owner will have a shopping list that will include new front seat covers, new carpet, and a new headliner. It’s also hard to tell whether the dash pad is cracked, or if it’s just quite marked and dirty.

As I said earlier, the Chevelle Malibu is a firm favorite amongst Chevrolet enthusiasts, and they continue to sell for good prices. The SS is always the best performing car in the market, but a nicely restored Malibu like this one can still fetch $30,000 or more, and these prices have just continued to climb in recent years. Yes, this one will need some work, but being a solid car makes it an effort that should be worthwhile.

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  1. hatofpork

    My dad tried out a 64 SS with a 283 and Powerglide in this color. He bought a darker blue with white roof SS with a 6 and 3 speed overdrive. Still was a great car. This will be a nice rest for someone-and the lines are timeless!

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  2. Nevada1/2rack NevadahalfrackMember

    What a cool project this could be!
    My Dad bought a new ‘64 Chevelle two door WAGON with the I6 3spd column shift in NJ (returning from overseas assignment) and drove the four of us to Reno..
    Love to BarnFind one of those too! Saw it many years later at the wrecking yard that we had many years earlier Transplanted a 283 into it as it was a big improvement here at 4600’ altitude.

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    • local_sheriff

      Good luck locating a restorable 2door longroof Chevelle!They were the entry level Chevelle wagon and not very popular back then.If I remember right they sold less than 2000 copies in 64.The 2door wagon was deleted from GM’s program after the 65 model year due to low demand.
      Today a 2door wagon Chevelle would almost be in the league with Tri-Five Nomads! IMHO the most desirable Chevelles ever

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      • Nevada1/2rack NevadahalfrackMember

        Agreed, local_sheriff, trying to find one TWENTY years ago was tough enough; only 1100+ Made during a time of prosperity in an era of which we were declaring our economic standard with our choice of automobiles relegated this understated design to obscurity.

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      • local_sheriff

        They are out there, but they’re either complete basket cases or customized already priced accordingly. I seriously considered this one (or an identical?) when it popped up 8-10 years ago; in my world a 64/5 merged with a 67 blends into the sexiest Chevelle ever.That says alot,’cause I love 64 Chevelles!

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  3. Rudy C

    My first car was a ’64 Chevelle 2 door post 300 series, had the 230ci straight 6 with the 2 speed powerglide. Had it from the time I was 16 until my late 30’s, I still regret selling it but as they say life got in the way; a few moves and a couple kids just made it impossible to hold on to my project that I was going to someday restore. I’d love to have this one but a close inspection of the frame and underside would be needed before dropping any money.

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  4. Angrymike

    Had a 65 Malibu SS convertible in the early 90’s, it needed a lot of work but in better shape than this plus it was driven in the summer months. I practically gave that car away. It was 327 4speed green with a white top and black interior, Lord I wish I had my old cars back !

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  5. KevinLee

    I always liked the angular lines of the 64-65 Malibu’s. This one looks like the rear quarter panels were cut out to make room for bigger wheels and tires, which is not a problem if they’re needing replaced. Dad had a 1964 El Camino with a 400 horse 327 and a Muncie 4 speed. It was probably one the most fun cars I ever got to drive!

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  6. ROTAG999

    I bought a 64 Chevelle Malibu SS back in late 70’s from a friend who was getting kicked out of his rental house, car did not run but found loose wire on back of ignition switch it started and ran pretty good for sitting a while gas was still pretty good in those days and $25 bucks is what i gave to him for the car was my work car for many year’s sold it to the Neighbor Kid for $250 so i was happy. Yes i would love a 64-65 Chevelle 2 door wagon prices are crazy like this one miss the good deals i use to run into as a 20 something.

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  7. Miguel

    The rear wheel wells don’t look right to me. They look too round.

    Do they look cut to anybody else?

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  8. stillrunners

    Not easy to find 64/65’s…..this one doesn’t look that bad for that part of the country and priced pretty good…..one sits in the Dallas area the guy drove new in high school and hasn’t moved since the seventies….not for sale…

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