This stunning 1966 Chevrolet Malibu dressed in the original Marina Blue color belongs to Jim Pick of Gearheart, Oregon. Generating an impressive 602 horsepower and 552 lb-ft of torque at the rear wheels, this is one cool car. After our short ride in the car with Pick, we can tell you from experience that it makes use of all of that power.
Pick bought the car in 2010 after having a stroke. He used to have a Harley, but knew that was too dangerous to continue riding in case he ever had another stroke. He traded his bike for this Malibu, but when he got it, it wasn’t quite as nice. “I got it as an old rust bucket from a barn in Astoria with nothing in it,” he explained. “I worked on it every weekend for three years as part of my rehab process.” He focused on using his left hand and worked to bring back motor functions as he restored the car.
“I built this car for the blue collar man,” Pick told us. “It doesn’t sit on glass and it’s meant to drive.” He drives the car to Portland Speedway on weekends and clocks an 11.8 second quarter mile. “I’ll drive it to the track, let the engine cool, and smoke the cars that were trailered there.”
The engine was assembled by Britco Engines of Centralia, Washington. It’s a big-block 496 cubic-inch stroker with Edelbrock E-Force Aluminum heads, a Moroso oil accumulator, Holley 950cfm carburetor, MSD ignition, and Flowmaster three-inch exhaust. The transmission is a turbo 400 with 7,000 stall converter and the rear end is a Moser Musclepak with 3.55:1 gears and upgraded axles.
Pick also upgraded the interior with a set of stunning Dakota Digital gauges and race quality latch-hook seatbelts. The exterior of the car retains the original look right down to the rally wheels. Pick wanted it to look just like it did in 1966 — it’s a sleeper. Pick says that you can “take the slicks off and drive it to church.”