Streetside Classics-Dallas/Fort Worth
5400 Sandshell Dr
Fort Worth, TX
Fort Worth, TX
You'd think people might get tired of all these good-looking Chevelle Malibus on the market, but the fact is, these are flat-out AWESOME cars that are only getting more and more popular in the classic car world. That growing popularity means they also sell very quickly, and beautiful restomods like this dialed-in 1971 Chevrolet Chevelle Malibu 496 featuring a pro-built, big block pumping 435HP, 4-wheel disc brakes, a high-impact paint job, and sporty A/C interior lead the pack in the jaw-dropping department. Take a closer look but do it fast, because gorgeous Chevelles like this never last long.
The vivid Medium Red Metallic paint pegs the desirability meter when it comes to Bowtie performance, and this car is certainly slick, straight, and rock-solid enough to show off with great pride. The upgraded paint is of a very good driver quality and has that deep, wet shine that comes from modern two-stage urethane, and there are no signs that it's been used and abused since this A-body was built just 6,982 miles ago. Nice bodywork emphasizes the crease that runs along the body and makes the fenders look especially aggressive, and we love that the builders showed such great restraint when it came time to pick a hood, opting to go with a more conservative original piece that doesn't give away the monster that lurks underneath. Hard to say if it's a real SS without a factory buildsheet, but after such a thorough and modern restoration it doesn't really matter, does it? You're not looking at this car because it's a concours showpiece. No, you're looking at it because it looks super-slick and someone's already done all the hard work for you. There are a few imperfections that can be seen upon closer examination, but we're talking some fairly minor stuff, and the finish is very uniform, shiny, and looks like a top-end piece from just a foot or two away. There's a bright grille up front with an incorporated SS badge, the turn signal lenses (split on each side to indicate that this is indeed a 1971) have clear covers, and shiny chrome bumpers really look great against the high-impact paint. The black vinyl roof adds a little grown-up flair to the curb appeal, while the chrome on the handles, mirrors, wheel arch molding, and rocker panel trim has been all shined bright.
Modern, high-back black buckets, a full center console, and several choice options inside make this Chevy an easy sell, too. The black leather upholstery was all upgraded and shows only minor signs of use in the higher-traffic areas, and although the seat pattern isn't 100% factory-authentic (as you'd expect with modern buckets), it's a perfect complement to the sporty exterior. Reproduction door panels are Malibu-spec and look great too, as do the plush black carpets below, and that killer pistol-grip Hurst shifter inside the center console will always be the coolest way to pick your gears. The instrument panel is an upgraded carbon-fiber unit that was filled with sporty Auto-Meter gauges, all neatly arranged and tuned to keep a close eye on the big block's vitals. A leather-rimmed billet steering wheel anchors the cockpit atop an aftermarket tilt column, the original black dash and matching headliner help keep things looking clean inside, and options include a modern JVC AM/FM/AUX head unit with upgraded speakers and a Vintage A/C system that's blowing nice and cold. With this car, you also get a spacious trunk finished with plush black carpets that match the cabin.
The big block under the hood of this 'Bu is a Blueprint 496 cubic inch mill built by Vortec Pro Racing and Machine, and my goodness is it a monster. With a recent Dyno-rating boasting 435 horsepower it's got more power than you'll ever need, further augmented with what feels like a sizeable cam inside, a big Holley 4-barrel carburetor, a Weiand aluminum intake, an MSD ignition, and ceramic-coated long-tube headers at the flanks. Chevy Orange paint on the block looks great, and with those shiny aluminum valve covers, a chrome Edelbrock air cleaner, and polished accessories, the engine bay is worthy of being shown off at almost any venue. A big aluminum radiator with dual electric fans keeps the big block nice and cool, and all the accessories are tucked-in tight against the block and run through a serpentine belt system. Long-tube headers help the big block breathe through a true dual exhaust system that sounds incredible through throaty Flowmaster mufflers, and the pans and frame are very solid and presentable thanks to years of conscientious ownership. A quick-shifting TH400 3-speed automatic gearbox with a Gear Vendors overdrive system manages the gears and spins a heavy-duty 12-bolt rear end, while big sway bars fore and aft along with Eibach suspension parts help this A-body handle like a dream. An upgraded power steering system manages the big coupe effortlessly, while a set of Baer power 4-wheel disc brakes h
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