Topless Headturner: 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle Malibu

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When somebody says “1970 Chevelle”, most people immediately think of a SS 396 or SS 454. That’s the car that gets the attention, but there were far more of the regular Malibus built in 1970. I could not find the figures for the Super Sport model, but there were 354,700 Malibus built in 1970 (plus another 23,900 base Chevelles), and 7,511 of those were convertibles. Here is a 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle Malibu convertible for sale here on eBay in West Creek, New Jersey.

This is a numbers matching survivor. It has the original white power top and it appears to be in pretty good condition. The car is wearing new tires attached to the rally wheels. It is a solid driver. The quarter panels have a few pimples of rust, but the rockers, jams, floors, and firewall all look great. This car was repainted in Fathom Blue in 1998.

Inside we find the interior is in good condition. There are no rips or cracks on either the blue vinyl seats or the dash. This Malibu has some aftermarket speakers in front under the dash, but they are tastefully done without ruining the interior or door panels. It has an automatic transmission.

This Malibu is powered by a 307 cubic inch V-8 engine. The engine was freshened up in 1998. There have been 4,000 miles accumulated on the engine since it was overhauled. Some of the new items include steering components, ball joints, fuel pump, heater box and core, shocks, master cylinder with booster, rebuilt brakes, 4 barrel carburetor with intake, HEI distributor, and Hooker headers with dual exhausts. The convertible has 103,000 miles and it is being offered at the Buy it Now Price of $32,000. While this seems like a lot, if this were an SS 396, Hagerty has it valued at over $100,000. While it won’t have the performance of an SS 396 or SS 454, it will still turn heads at a fraction of the cost. Is this your next ride?

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  1. TimS

    Too high for me, but I guess pretty much any Chevelle is gold-plated these days. Great color combo and a nice dry-weather cruiser if somebody’s got the coin.

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    • Rex FoxMember

      This is a nice car, great colors and wheels. The 307 is not fast, but it easily cruises at highway speeds and would get pretty good mileage (19-23). If it had 4 speed, I’d be into it, although the automatic is probably a reason it’s in such nice condition.

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  2. leiniedude leiniedudeMember

    As much as I like ragtops, for the exact same ask, I would take that 1970 Goat thats coming here soon. I wonder if $32,000 is the new bench mark for muscle now?

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    • Ike Onick

      At that price, it can sit on the bench.

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  3. scott

    I think if it were a 71/72 that would be high but the 70’s pull such strong money as a one year model that people will pay. I agree that the $32k is a high number but as I have commented before, someone took their girlfriend (now wife) to the prom in one of these and will have to have it. Only takes one guy with a memory and a checkbook and as we know, they all sell at some point. As PT Barnum said “there is an ass for every seat” (at least I think he said that…..)
    Clean car but if it were a Lemans or a Skylark, would be high teens, I think he is reaching but if you don’t ask, you don’t get…..

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    • Tom

      I’d rather have a LeMans or a Skylark…at least they came with 350 cu in or better…

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  4. Keith

    This car is very nice looking until you look under it , everything is rusty on the bottom side !

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  5. mainlymuscle

    RUSTY ? My friend ,that is surface corrosion ,and very minimal at thatThis car is as dry as any Arizona or California car could ever be.Check out the factory edges,stamped holes etc.Still,strong money for a column shifted ,small block Malibu.

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  6. Poppy

    …OR you could get a really nice ’70 Cutlass Supreme convertible for about $20K

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  7. John

    At some point, people will become rational on the prices they pay for “collector” cars. When they do, folks who have paid $32k for cars like this are likely going to take some huge losses.

    This is far from a pristine car. It is a well presented, well photographed car. It is likely much better than a typical 1970 Chevrolet. But it is NOT a $32k collector’s prize.

    Others will, no doubt, disagree.

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  8. PRA4SNW

    Is it just me, or have the thumbs up icons disappeared?

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    • PRA4SNW

      Now that I posted, they came back – weird!

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      • leiniedude leiniedudeMember

        LOL! Thanks for fixing that Dennis!

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  9. Jp45

    How is the word “survivor” used in your description when it has had at least one repaint, and an engine rebuild?? Mild, older restoration would be much more accurate. If someone were to lay $18,500 cash on the dashboard, this guy’s crazy not to take it.

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  10. Stevie G

    Now if only we could post a picture with our comments again lol.

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    • PRA4SNW

      Sorry, can’t fix that one. But yeah, we need that one fixed, pronto.

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  11. ROTAG999

    That is a lot of coin for a 307 Gram car i use to drive an El Camino with same motor no power and lousy mpg. Even if this was a 350 car too much money now if it was a SS BB then you got something.

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