If you’re looking for a classic cruiser, we found your weapon of choice. This 1965 Chevrolet Malibu SS is the perfect car for tackling plenty of miles on the highway on a summer day. As far as the driving experience goes, it probably won’t be too exceptional. It’s an old convertible, so it isn’t very rigid. That means that its 327 CI engine can produce as much power as it wants, but you won’t want to go too fast because the car will make you feel uneasy and shake. Don’t even try taking a sharp turn at an “enthusiastic” speed.
It’s great for going 65 MPH on the interstate though. It has a wood steering wheel and blue bucket seats. The exterior is painted in a nice blue, also known in the factory as W-Slate. What makes this convertible stand out for its time is the power convertible top, a true rarity in the 1960’s. Like most cars at the Mecum auctions, it has been restored from the factory model.
Movie buffs may also remember that Vincent (played by John Travolta) drove an old-school Malibu in Pulp Fiction, except his was red, and a 1964 model. Overall, it really isn’t a fantastic car in any one way. It isn’t fast or suave on the road. It isn’t as beautiful as the Bel Air we covered earlier or as intimidating as a Camaro. As a classic cruiser though, it’s good in every way.