Classic Car Spotlight: The 1969 Chevrolet Malibu

April 26, 2017 1:51 am Published by Leave your thoughts

There’s no doubt about it: the 1960s was one of the most interesting decades in American history. The Vietnam War was still being waged across the Pacific, and the Cold War was just starting to heat up. One of the reprieves car enthusiasts could find from all of the chaos in the world was staying busy with their American muscle cars.

Each major automaker was churning out heavy-duty muscle cars that were sure to make heads turn when they roared down the road. One of the most popular muscle cars towards the end of the decade was the 1969 Chevrolet Malibu. Nearly 50 years later, its sleek lines and powerful engine make it one of the most sought after vintage autos for sale in Grants, NM. For the uninitiated, here are a few interesting facts about the car:

  • A new look for a new generation: The second generation Malibus came out in 1968, and were produced until 1972. The ‘68s were completely redesigned from the first generation in order to look more like other muscle cars coming out of competitors’ factories. In hopes of appealing to a wider audience, Chevy also decided to begin manufacturing both two-door and four-door Malibus in 1968. The two-door hardtop model, however, was clearly the fan favorite of muscle car enthusiasts. The stylish semi-fastback roofline looked immaculate as its V8 engine propelled it down the road. Drivers also had a choice of upgrading the interior cloth or vinyl bench seats to ensure a more comfortable (and stylish) ride.
  • Don’t fix what’s not broken: The ‘68 was a tremendous success, as Malibus flew off lots across the country. Due to its popularity, Chevy actually didn’t change a whole lot the following year. The front grilles and new taillights are the main differences on the exterior. 1969 Malibus were also quite popular for the wide selection of colors customers could choose from. Chevy offered all sorts of different interior and exterior options not found with most other muscle cars at the time. Inside, Chevy changed the instrument panels and moved the ignition switch to the steering column. New federal regulations mandated that all cars had to have headrests, so the ‘69s have those, too. Folks who wanted a little more under the hood were able to get it in 1969. The ‘68 327 cu engines had 255 horsepower; a year later, Chevy upgraded that engine size to 350 cu, which boosted its horsepower up to 300 hp.
  • We have one in stock: Finally, the most important thing we want you to know is that we currently have a 1969 Chevy Malibu on our lot! It’s obviously used, but in excellent condition for a car that’s pushing 50 years old. Give Falcomata-Hovland Motors Inc. a call today for price and spec information.

Visit our lot located to see which classic muscle cars we currently have in stock. We typically have a wide variety of vintage autos for sale in Grants, NM at some of the lowest prices you’ll find in town. Come check them out!

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