July 14, 2022
The 1964 Chevrolet Chevelle Malibu Super Sport sported a pretty long name for a first-year nameplate. Size-wise it was competing with Ford’s Fairlane. But the Fairlane wouldn’t offer a convertible for two more years; and the Malibu Super Sport really had no Ford competitor at all until 1966, when Ford doubled down (tripled down?) with the Fairlane 500/XL, Fairlane GT and Fairlane GT/A. We’ve mentioned here before how the mid-60s intermediate cars were about the same size as the mid-50s full (and only) size cars. I often wonder if the down-sizing was just manufacturers trying to generate more sales with more offerings, or were they responding to folks like me, who were saddled with Roaring Twenties’-era garages which eventually were too small to house a new car? I’m guessing it’s not the latter, Lol… This Chevelle was spotted some weeks ago at the NT Classic Car & Boat Cruise at Gateway Park in North Tonawanda.
Jim Corbran, RRofWNY
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