Streetside Classics-Dallas/Fort Worth
5400 Sandshell Dr
Fort Worth, TX
Fort Worth, TX
Cars like this 1966 Chevrolet Chevelle Malibu are the ones you have to look out for. The color seems subtle, but those flashy wheels and fat tires suggest something else entirely. And then there's the very impressive paint and bodywork that make this car stand out in a crowd. If you like walking softly while carrying a big stick, this Chevelle has you covered.
Sporting all-new sheetmetal in 1966, the Chevelle was definitely all grown up and looking for a fight. Painting it the somewhat subdued Code W Chateau Silver (the car's original color) does nothing to diminish the aggressive curves of the bodywork, making this the archetypal muscle car. Someone's got a sizeable pile of cash tied up in the work here, with super straight flanks, good gaps, and no cut corners, making this one heck of a good-looking machine. Although this is a Malibu and not an SS, they resisted the urge to dress it up with fake SS badges; however, it does sport an aggressive presence that makes it look fast just sitting still. The chrome is nicely finished (the front and rear bumpers are new) and we absolutely love the look of the standard Chevelle grille, which almost looks aftermarket in today's world of billet add-ons. The slick paint, standard badging, and overall clean look all add to the sleeper vibe. This is one car they won't see coming until it's too late.
Chevelles have always been big, comfortable machines, and with the handsomely restored black bench seat in this hardtop, the tradition continues. The upholstery shows almost no signs of use, and the condition today reinforces the impression of quality and it's a great place to spend some quality time. The primary gauge cluster covers the basics, with switches for the headlights and wipers in a band above the instruments. The original AM radio is gone, replaced by an ACC retro-style AM/FM/Cassette unit that fits without any cutting and you'll note that this Chevelle was upgraded to be an A/C car, with modern R134a hardware now working behind the scenes. The fresh door panels and beautiful plush carpets are in great shape, and the leather-wrapped three-spoke steering wheel looks racy in the otherwise low-key interior. This is a great car for road trips, too, because in addition to the big back seat, there's a ton of space in the trunk, which offers a reproduction mat and a full-sized spare tire.
The 327 cubic inch V8 under the hood is believed to be the car's original block, sporting orange valve covers and a black snorkeled air cleaner (all replete with period-correct decals) that complement perfectly the Chevy Orange block and matching factory-style intake. Very nicely detailed under the hood, it's a great presentation of preservation, and you know horsepower never goes out of fashion. There are signs of maintenance everywhere you look and even the alternator was chromed to help dress things up, with a modern A/C compressor book-ending the other side for a super-clean look. Stock manifolds feed a throaty H-pipe Flowmaster dual exhaust system, while the Powerglide 2-speed automatic transmission bangs off crisp shifts right when you need them. It's quite tidy underneath with solid floors, suggesting this was always a great car and one that doesn't have any nasty surprises waiting for a new owner. Power steering allows for two-fingers on the wheel driving, and those gorgeous aftermarket 5-spoke wheels and fat 225/60/17 performance radials really stuffing the wheel wells.
We love Chevelles, but the ones that really capture our imaginations are those that don't try too hard to be nasty. For this one, it just seems to come naturally. Call today!
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