1964 Chevrolet Chevelle Malibu Hardtop 10253 Miles Black 409 cubic inch V8 4-s

1964 Chevrolet Chevelle Malibu Hardtop --

Condition: Used
Make: Chevrolet
Model: Chevelle Malibu Hardtop
Type: --
Trim: --
Year: 1964
Mileage: 10253
VIN: 45637L151079
Color: Black
Engine: 409 cubic inch V8
Fuel: Gasoline
Transmission: Manual
Drive type: --
Interior color: Black
Vehicle Title: N/A
Item location: Local pick-up only
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Description for Chevrolet Chevelle Malibu Hardtop 1964

This 1964 Chevrolet Malibu Chevelle hardtop might just be the straightest black car we've ever seen. There's a huge amount of work invested in making this car look as spectacular as it does—so spectacular, in fact, that the guy who built it was nervous about driving it because he didn't want to risk any damage to its gleaming black hide. But it's more than just pretty, because there are 409 cubic inches of legend under the hood, topped by a... modern electronic fuel injection system that makes it feel decades younger. If you like your vintage muscle with the beast to match its beauty, this fantastic Malibu is an exceptional choice. There's something to be said for minimalism, and the early A-bodies work rather well with their clean-cut features and simple lines. No stripes, no spoilers, and not even that much trim, it lets the body's shape do all the talking. The bulging quarter panels suggest power on tap but the flat hood and semi-formal roofline make this a grown-up's car, not a boy racer. It's the right size, too, making it maneuverable and trim and it never feels clumsy on the road. Obviously there was a huge amount of time invested in the bodywork, and it's not merely straight but all the gaps were lined up extremely well and all the hinges swing with minimal effort. The car comes from California, and it really is true that the metal is better out west and during the build, it didn't need a single patch, replacement panel, or, weld. A few parking lot dings were straightened and the side moldings were shaved, but beyond that, it's pretty much as GM stamped it back in '64. It's every bit as nice as it looks in photos, maybe even better. The interior was given a full makeover but in the original style, so it feels very period-correct. The two-tone saddle and black upholstery has an OEM pattern and it's wrapped around the factory bench seats. Custom door panels replicate the originals, right down to the Chevrolet emblem. Perforated inserts on the seating surfaces give it a racy look that works well with the beefy Grant GT steering wheel. Factory gauges, including a tachometer, are all fully operational and a neat little digital radio was tucked into the original slot so it blends in nicely. A Hurst cue ball knob and shifter manages the Muncie 4-speed underneath, and racking it through the gears is one of the great joys of motoring. The list of new stuff also includes the carpets, headliner, seat belts, and weather seals. You can see just how solid and clean this car is by glancing in the trunk, which has correct spatter paint and a new mat. Chevy never put a 409 in the mid-sized Malibu—it was against corporate rules. But that doesn't mean it isn't a good idea, and seeing how well it fits, you might think someone at GM engineering was thinking this all along. The distinctive W-shaped valve covers make the 409 easy to identify, but the fabricated aluminum intake plenum and fuel injection system give it a 21st century look that seems right. Thanks to that fuel injection system, it starts instantly and idles beautifully and with the 409's reputation for torque this lightweight Malibu is incredibly quick. And like the rest of the car, it's beautifully detailed with Chevy Orange paint on the block, Chevrolet script valve covers, and red ignition components compliments of MSD. And don't worry, this Malibu is totally user-friendly with power steering and a hydro-boost power brake system with front discs. A giant aluminum radiator has no problems keeping it cool even in the summer heat and a chrome alternator and Optima battery light it up. Obviously, this build wasn't about saving money and cutting corners. There's more evidence of the car's spotless California history underneath, where the floor pans look spectacular, the frame is unmarked, and everything else is either new or rebuilt. The Muncie 4-speed feeds an indestructible 12-bolt rear end with 3.42 gears and a limited slip inside. The front suspension is entirely new, there are fresh shocks all around, and oversized sway bars fore and aft give this mid-sized car the handling of something much smaller. Ceramic-coated long-tube headers feed a rumbling Flowmaster exhaust system that sounds absolutely spectacular and it has the right stance for a '60s performance car. Traditional Weld Pro-Star wheels help with that drag race image and it sits on fat 215/70/15 front and 255/70/15 rear BFGoodrich T/A radials. This is one of those cars that just keeps getting better and better the more time we spend with it. The ultra-clean bodywork alone would justify the cost, but that bulletproof and very user-friendly drivetrain makes it a joy to drive. There's easily twice the asking price wrapped up in the build, but that's another great thing about the Malibu: it's all about affordable performance. No disappointments with this car, just a killer hardtop that walks the walk even better than it talks the talk. Call today!