In 1973, it was a bit of fresh air, but it quickly lost its appeal, especially when the side panels were closed up in later years like this one, except for those ridiculous gun slits. In 1976 the Accord was more comparable to the Chevy Nova, Ford Granada and Plymouth Volare but definitely a step above them. Here is a 1976 Chevrolet Chevelle Malibu Classic Station Wagon for sale in Albuquerque, New Mexico. That said, the quality of the plastics and interior was limited by the technology of the time and was no worse than other domestics of that era. No leaks were found but freon was cheap at the time. I suppose when the Fit grows up it will be replaced with another new small car. When we went to look at the car, it was literally almost like a new car.
A lot changed in the market from 1972 to 1976 and the Malibu was at the end of its design cycle. I like that you were able to swap the front clip on yours. Dashboards cracked within just a few years. The City took over ownership of the land in 1993 and since then, the Friends of the Second Marsh have planted 40,000 trees there. It was the rubber floor special. Buyers had the option of purchasing a sport roof and sport striping.
My dad on the other hand preferred the stacked lights. A clean and refresh inside, with some Corvette rally wheels installed and this would be a sharp cruiser. The car has been pretty much bullet proof with the only failures in its entire life span being a radiator salt corrosion replaced after 30+ years , a vacuum advance unit and an alternator replaced twice as one was a bad rebuilt unit. The other big sin that this Malibu represents is bloat, especially for a product from the Chevrolet division. I positively loved the inside of that car, with all of its wood applique, cut-pile carpeting and couch-like cloth bench seats.
Anyone have any blue and white Quebec edition pics? We had a grandiose view beyond the marsh into the sunshine that glistened on the waters of Lake Ontario. A few missteps here and there, of course, but the General used to lead the way in innovation and development. The Chevelle models ranged from economical little family cars to commanding coupes and stunning convertibles. It wears all original sheet metal. I liked the car for the time actually, but reliability was a fail. Points and counterpoints on this site make it more interesting. It is a retrograde step from the 1961 Olds F-85 or Pontiac Tempest.
We regularly had six people in that coupe with three of them being 6+ footer teenaged boys. The new cars folks bought were Civics, Accords, Corollas, Datsuns, etc. They are indeed too big, just like the B and C body cars were too big when they came out in 1971. Not a deadly sin by any means. The Malibu remained the lowest-level sub-model and was available in three body styles. And boy, did they time it badly. I actually sort of liked it.
And certainly was on par with a downsized B-body interior. Power Impalas with federalized versions of the Opel 2. The European arms of the U. It started rather slowly and then gained popularity because of its mechanical and packaging virtues. My dad retired it from daily driver use in 2007. And then those stacked rectangular headlights to really set it off.
The interior appears to be in good condition. In the standard suspension, the benefits were mostly obliterated by the sheer size and poor structural rigidity of these cars. If a Ford came in and had to replace any part at similar mileage the client would be surprised. The best front in my opinion was the 1974 Laguna S-3 front end. I drove it from 36,000 miles to 90,000 miles. The grille texture was was terrible — very shop-class.
Going back to 2010, there is no surprise why people thought so. No effort went into this one, though. I have a hazy recollection of Olympic pick up trucks and an even more fuzzy one of the vans. Although many undoubtedly gave decent service to their owners, it was a dinosaur from the day it arrived, and likely turned many potential buyers to start considering alternatives. On a separate note, the choke started to stay on indefinitely. She disliked the gas mileage, though.
I'm pretty sure Chevrolet had a very similar package for the Malibu. Bland cars with no style but reasonably ok like a Granada or an aspen. Comparing this care to the Accord is a bit unfair. Though the coupe and sedan models maintained 250ci base V6 engines and gained the new 305ci base V8, wagons were only optioned with 350ci V8s or 400ci V8s. Now you have me really wondering what the panel vans look like. But it was in those key large metro markets that set the trends for the future.
That remained true even when Detroit started downsizing; the Fox-body Fairmont was much less oversized, but was a pretty miserable slug with the 2. I drove it last in 2000 when it had 200,000 miles on it. Where were you, Bill Mitchell, when this abomination was approved? My father was meticulous about maintaining so rust was never a problem rust is the biggest issue these cars have. My dad almost refused, citing this had to be a family car, and that it was too old. Always had great heat, comfort. To my eyes, it was a bad facelift on a car that started out in 1973 as a handsome Chevy design.