Chevy was on top of its muscle car game in the mid-1960s. The Camaro series was giving the Mustang some serious competition, and the 1964 Malibu added a little more fuel to the ever-growing road muscle fire. Rebuilt Chevy Malibu Muscle Car Engines by RebuiltEngines.co cost less and last longer.
The 1964 Malibu was aptly named after the California city where hot rods and hot women roamed the palm tree lined streets with big engines and bright colored bikinis. The 283 cubic inch, V8 Malibu was a mid-size muscle car that catered to a more mature baby boomer, so GM was pleasantly surprised when their new four door sedan, 2-door hardtop sports coupe, convertible, and 2-seat station wagon, sold more than 72,000 cars the first year.
When Chevy put the immortal SS initials behind the name a 327 cubic inch, 350 horsepower V8, was under the hood. Buyers almost had to stand in line at the dealership to get their hands on one. In 1965, the big block 396 cubic inch (6.5 litre) with heavy-duty suspension, and other enticing performance features kept sales up, especially when bucket seats and a 4-on-the-floor transmission became part of the SS DNA.
In 1966, Chevy got one of those incredible ideas that kept the SS in the minds of street warriors of all ages. Chevy offered the Malibu sports coupe or convertible with any size V6 or V8 Chevy engine. The Chevelle Malibu made its first appearance that year with a 327 cubic inch (5.4 litre) V8 engine, with 350 horsepower. That engine hit 0 to 60 in 6.2 seconds.
Chevy was rocking the hot car sales charts by 1968, so they decided to put a 307 cubic inch (5.0 litre), 200 horsepower V8 in the Malibu. It replaced the 283 cubic inch (4.6 litre) V8, which was the base engine for the 1964 Malibu. The 307 V8 was still the base engine, but by 1969 a new 350 cubic inch (5.7 litre) 255 horsepower V8, and a 300 horsepower version with a 3-speed turbo Hydramatic transmission were available. Those engines were only offered on the SS model in previous years.
The Malibu standard 6-cylinder engine was given a boost in 1970 to 250 cubic inches with a 155 horsepower rating, but sales continued to decline. In 1971 the Malibu got a facelift, but that didn’t stop the inevitable. The Malibu SS was discontinued in 1972, and the name was dropped in 1983, but it made a comeback in 1997.
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