For the 1978 model year, the Malibu name, which had been the bestselling badge in the lineup, replaced the Chevelle name. This was Chevrolet's second downsized nameplate, following the lead of the 1977 Chevrolet Caprice. The new, more efficient platform was over a foot shorter and had shed 230 to 450 kg compared to previous versions, yet offered increased trunk space, leg room, and head room. Only two trim levels were offered - Malibu and Malibu Classic. The Malibu Classic Landau series had a two-tone paint job on the upper and lower body sections, and a vinyl top. This generation introduced the Chevrolet 90° V6 family of engines, with the 200 CID (3.3 L) V6 as the base engine for the all new 1978 Chevrolet Malibu, along with the 229 CID (3.8 L) V6 and the 305 CID (5.0 L) Chevy built V8 as options. The 200 and 229 engines were essentially a small block V-8, with one pair of cylinders lopped off. The front and rear bellhousing face were the same as the small V8. The 231 engine was a Buick product, and featured a front distributor.
Three bodystyles were produced (station wagon, sedan, and coupe), and the design was also used as the basis for the El Camino pickup truck with its own chassis. For 1982 the Malibu was facelifted with more squared-off front styling marked by quad headlights with long, thin turn signals beneath them. The look was very reminiscent of the also recently facelifted Chevrolet Caprice. For 1983, Malibus gained a block-style "Malibu" badge on the front fenders to replace the cursive-style script located on the rear quarter panels of previous model years.
This car was first registred in Vienna, Austria purchased at Pour - importer of American vehicles. It is a rare European export model with gauges in kilometres. The car has a fully documented history and only 89.000 kilometres from new. The car is since 1990 in the Czech Republic, where the car has undergone a complete renovation using only original parts.
|Engine||4.389 ccm, 121 PS, V8|
|Steering||Left Hand Drive|
|Layout||Rear Wheel Drive|
|Color - exterior||Brown / Beige|
|Color - interior||Beige|
|Miles/Kilometers shown||89.000 kms|
|Chassis / VIN||1G1AW35J1CB173887|
|Location - Country||Czech Rep.|
|Location - City||Chomutov|
5-door wagon body type; RWD (rear-wheel drive), automatic 3-speed gearbox; gasoline (petrol) engine with displacement: 4389 cm3 / 267.9 cui, advertised power: 90 kW / 119 hp / 121 PS, torque: 278 Nm; characteristic dimensions: outside length: 4910 mm, width: 1826 mm, wheelbase: 2746 mm; reference weights: shipping weight 1536 kg, base curb weight: 1580 kg; top speed: 162 km/h (101 mph); accelerations: 0-60 mph 14.1 s; 0-100 km/h 15 s