The fourth-generation Chevrolet Malibu was quite a bit different than the front-wheel drive family sedan that wears the Malibu badge today.
With rear-wheel drive and an available four-speed manual transmission and 5.7-liter V8, the Malibu of the late 1970s and early 1980s was decently sporty. It also served as Chevy’s NASCAR entry at the time, evidence of the automaker’s sporting aspirations for the mid-size family car.
General Motors never built an actual fourth-generation Malibu SS, but a Craigslist seller recently listed his own take on a fourth-gen Malibu SS and we think the results are nearly perfect.
Instead of starting with a coupe or even a sedan body, the builder of this car decided to opt for the less common and less loved Malibu wagon. He then dropped in a Small Block Chevrolet V8 of some sort (the listing doesn’t say, but it could be a 350) and paired it with a four-speed manual transmission. This well-executed Malibu SS wagon build also gets Bilstein shocks out front and the owner claims it’s a daily driver, so it seems to be of sound quality.
Another interesting aspect of this build is the Monte Carlo SS front end. While there was no Malibu SS of this era, there was a Monte Carlo SS at the time, so this fascia swap makes perfect sense. It does look a bit odd of you’re familiar with either of these cars, though. At least it gets a good nickname – the owner of this car calls it the ‘Montibu’.
While we do love the idea of a Malibu SS wagon, this one isn’t cheap. The owner asking nearly $14,000 for it, but haggling is expected on Craigslist, so it may sell for less.
Do you think this DIY Malibu SS Wagon is worth its asking price? Check out the listing here for more photos and let us know what you think in the comment section below.