Chevrolet Malibu began as a top-of-range trim level of Chevelle, but became its own model line beginning back in 1978. There are four generations starting from 1964 to 1983 of the classic Malibu rear-wheel-drive car. In 1997, GM revived the model as a front-wheel-drive car.
The first generation Chevrolet Malibu was available in a full-range of bodystyles including a four-door sedan, two-door Sport Coupe hardtop, convertible and two-seat station wagon.
The Malibu Super Sport was available only as a two-door Sport Coupe hardtop or convertible. It comes with bucket seats, center console, engine gauges and special wheelcovers. It is powered by a six-cylinder or V8 engine. The big 6.5 liter V8 produces 325HP sent to the rear wheels through a 3-speed automatic transmission.
The second generation was completely restyled with semi-fastback rooflines on two-door hardtops and larger wheelbases. The engine range is revised as well as the interior. New grilles and rear decks with revised taillights highlighted the 1969 Malibus and other Chevelles.
Slowly, but surely the model loses its originally appeal, when the third generation came out. From top-of-range model, the Malibu became an entry level version of Chevelle.
The last fourth generation was introduced in 1978, when the Malibu, which been the bestselling badge in the lineup, replaced the Chevelle. Again, the car was restyled dramatically, which includes a foot shorter length and around 1000 lbs less weight. Only two trim levels were offered – Malibu and Malibu Classic.
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