Mystery Machine: 1983 Chevrolet Malibu Customized Wagon – Sold?
July 20, 2021 Update – We just confirmed the listing for this “Classifind” expired, so with no replacement found we’re assuming this ride “Sold?” While this one got away, please reach out either by email or call us directly if you’d like to be informed when we come across something similar.
With custom cars, it’s the details that quickly separate the home garage versus professional builds. In the case of this 1983 Chevrolet Malibu wagon originally listed in July 2021 on Craigslist in St. Leonard, Maryland, the time and effort likely needed to design and fabricate the well-integrated front and rear bumpers is what first attracted us to this car. From there, it’s clear to see that all of the hard-to-do bodywork and paint is complete. Since the seller makes no mention of the power train and doesn’t provide any engine pictures, we’re assuming this custom Malibu currently is all show with no go. Offered for $13,000, comparing that price against the Collector Car Market Review Online Tool’s values for a stock example confirms the private seller has their Malibu Classic priced nearly two thousand higher than this guide’s #21 “Excellent” estimate of $11,225, however, we note they hint it’s an asking price appearing to be open for negotiation.
We’re fascinated the seller makes no mention of the powertrain yet clearly has spent much time and effort in the body, paint, and suspension upgrades. Depending on what is under the hood currently, this Malibu will likely make a great candidate to enjoy cruising in now while you put the plans in place to do an LS Swap over the winter.
Here’s the seller’s description:
“1983 malibu wagon…Clean straight body with nice paint..All new suspension..2″ drop spindles..1″ lowering springs in front..2″ lowering springs in rear..New upper and lower control arms..New shocks..New power steering box…18″ wheels in front 17” rear…Car drives and runs well..Needs a few interior pieces to complete..Asking 13,000.“
Show or go: what would you do with this Malibu wagon? Comment below and let us know!