When the Chevelle was redesigned in 1973, many feel that the car departed from its heritage. There’s no doubt that Chevy delivered a huge departure from previous years designs, but when equipped with a big-block and a four speed, it is hard to argue its “muscle” status. Check out this barn find 1973 Chevrolet Malibu/Chevelle SS 454 that has plenty of raw, neck-breaking power.
It may not be as desirable or iconic as the second-generation Chevelle, but this Malibu/Chevelle has the engine that everyone dreams of, the 454 cubic-inch V8. The recipient of a major redesign and overhaul, the 1973 Chevelle featured a new chassis design that Chevy claimed to be sturdier, and was fitted with improved front suspension geometry.
Located in Riversdale, Georgia, owner Michael Rogers said the car has 65,000 original miles on the odometer, the original title, and all documentation. “There are a few rust spots in the floor pans and trunk,” Rogers said. “The engine runs great, and this car is one of only 2,500 SS 454-powered cars, and there were only 600 that came with the four-speed transmission option.” The Muncie M21 four-speed manual transmission is still in place, and allows the driver to bang through gears, and the car came with a pair of fenders that haven’t been painted or installed. If you may have noticed, there is significant rust issues on the passenger side front fender.
The body looks like it will require some work, as there are subtle amounts of surface rust, most likely from sitting outside in the hot Georgia sun. The car is definitely restorable, if you’re willing to do the work.
It was a shame to see the musclecar era change in such a heartbeat years ago. Facing industry changes in design and the emissions nightmare, this car represents the last of the bunch.
With such a limited production of SS models in 1973, this Malibu/Chevelle really needs to be saved. If you were the one that found this car, what would be your first order of business? Let us know in the comments below.