SS Clone: 1967 Chevrolet Malibu Convertible – SOLD!
October 21st Update – While updating our Topless Thursday database, we confirmed the private seller of this Chevelle Tribute deleted their Craigslist ad earlier this week, so we’re now calling this one “Sold!” This one got away, but if you have your heart set on something similar, email us the details of what you’re looking for or call Rudy directly at (908)295-7330
While we love coming across original-condition muscle cars, the hard reality (at least for now) is that demand continues to push their prices beyond the affordability for many. The booming cottage industry of reproduction and restoration parts has made it relatively easy to build a “Tribute” or “Clone” car that looks and feels just like the original that you can actually enjoy driving. That’s exactly what you can get with this 1967 Chevrolet Malibu convertible listed in October 2020 on Craigslist in Doylestown, Pennsylvania the private seller honestly states has been restored as an SS-396 Clone. Built around an even more potent 454 cubic inch big block, the private seller currently has their Malibu listed for $29,500. Researching The Collector Car Market Review Online Tool for a non-SS Mailbu confirms the private seller has his car priced between the #2 “Very Good” estimate of $23,725 and the #1 “Excellent” appraisal of $37,175. Using the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool as a second price reference confirms this car’s price falls between their #2 “Excellent” appraisal of $37,500 and the #3 “Good” estimate of $28,900.
Chevrolet’s first Malibu was a top-line subseries of the first-generation mid-sized Chevelle produced from 1964 to 1972. Malibus were generally available in a full range of body styles including a four-door sedan, two-door Sport Coupe hardtop, convertible, and two-seat station wagon. Interiors were more lavish than lesser Chevelle 300 and 300 Deluxe models thanks to patterned cloth and vinyl upholstery (all-vinyl in convertibles and station wagons), deep-twist carpeting, deluxe steering wheel, and other items. The Malibu SS was available only as a two-door Sport Coupe hardtop or convertible and added bucket seats, center console (with an optional four-speed manual or Powerglide transmissions), engine gauges, and special wheel covers. Chevrolet first offered the SS package with any six-cylinder or V8 engine offered in other Chevelles – with the top option being a 300 horsepower 327 cubic inch V8 in 1964.
The Malibu SS was replaced in 1966 by a new Chevelle SS-396 series that included a big-block 396 cubic inch V8 engine, heavy-duty suspension, and other performance equipment. Other SS-396 equipment was similar to Malibu Sport Coupes and convertibles including an all-vinyl bench seat. Bucket seats and console with floor shift were now optional on the SS and for 1966 with the SS now denoting a car with a big-block engine, the bucket seats became a new option on the regular Malibu Sport Coupe and convertible, upon which any six-cylinder or small-block V8 could be ordered.
For 1967, the same assortment of body styles continued with styling changes similar to all other Chevelles including a new grille and revised tail section with taillights that wrapped around to the side. Front disc brakes were a new option along with a stereo 8-track tape player.
The fact this Chevelle Malibu came from the factory with the disc brake and air conditioning options made this a very desirable car to build an SS clone with. Upping the ante with a 454 cubic inch big block sending power through a TurboHydramatic 400 that twists a 3.73 rear end likely provides loads of fun one-quarter mile at a time. Good luck with the purchase!
Here’s the seller’s description:
“1967 Chevrolet Chevelle Malibu Convertible- SS Clone
454 Engine with 400 Turbo Automatic Transmission. 373 Rear.
This car came with factory air conditioning and disc brakes.
Very clean with many new parts. The paint has a few blemishes but overall a very nice car. Interior is in excellent shape.
The following new parts were installed:
Radiator, Power Steering Pump, Alternator, Upgraded Power Steering Gear Box, Front End Components: Interior and Outer Tie Rod Ends, Interior, Center Link and Idler Arm,
Brake and Transmission Lines, Main Wiring Harness, Shocks, Convertible Top Switch, Convertible Top Pump Motor, Convertible Top Cylinders, Wheel Hubs, Carbonator, Rear End Differential, Motor Mounts, Hoses, Brakes, Spare Tire with Jack, Fuel Pump.”
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