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RealRides of WNY - 1973 Malibu SS

December 5, 2019

RealRides of WNY - 1973 Malibu SS

I’ll admit to being a nose-holder when first viewing GM’s mid-size offerings for MY 1973. The Colonnade styling, featuring frameless door glass, thick B-pillars, and fixed rear quarter windows on the two-door models (plus the discontinuation of the pillarless hardtops) just turned me off. But, as with many things, my opinion has changed over the decades. Now I wouldn’t mind owning one. This 1973 Chevy Chevelle Malibu SS certainly stands out in a crowd these days. Especially in that Dark Green Poly paintjob! The Chevelle was still a Chevelle for MY 1973, and the Malibu and Malibu SS were still separate models (the Chevelle badge would be replaced by the Malibu name for MY 1978, when it was downsized and completely restyled). The ’73 Chevelle Malibu SS required the extra-cost 350 (like in today's RealRide) or 454 V8 and either an automatic or 4-speed manual tranny. The suspension, wheels, and tires were also upgraded, and of course there were various SS bits strewn about the car. Oh, and the SS equipment was also available on the Malibu wagon! Saw this green example, complete with its Lou Awald dealer tag, over the summer at a weekly cruise night in Tonawanda, at the Texas Roadhouse.

Jim Corbran, RRofWNY

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