When station wagons started becoming more than transportation for rich families − about the time when metal began replacing wood in the body’s structure − sedan deliveries began to gain in popularity. They simply were utilitarian two-door wagons typically used by plumbers or other handymen; they usually were spartan with few sundries, with sheetmetal on the side in place of windows. At some point they began to lose popularity (perhaps due to the El Camino and the VW van). In the same spirit, some enterprising individual created this 1983 Chevrolet Malibu wagon that’s advertised in Hemmings.
The last year for Chevrolet‘s sedan delivery was 1960, although from 1970-75 the Vega was offered in this configuration. So what’s the deal with this Malibu that’s for sale? According to the seller, Chevrolet never made one, but that didn’t stop him from creating his own latter-day version. You can see the rear doors were sealed and the side windows were covered, plus some other mild custom touches were made. Power comes from the smogger 350 that was common for these cars when new.
Seller claims “brakes need repair and the tailgate glass is broken (too bad sheetmetal isn’t used for that as well), but otherwise it needs finishing. The car has tons of potential as long as you want a hot rod and not a classic, and since it’s a Chevy you can toss that 350 and drop in a real small-block. For $3,200, it’s not a bad deal to the person with a plan.