Used Car of the Day: 1964 Chevrolet Chevelle Malibu

Tim Healey
by Tim Healey

Today's UCOTD is a rolling, running, though perhaps not driving, project car. This 1964 Chevrolet Chevelle Malibu has a few interesting things going on.

Under hood is a 350 cubic-inch V8, and the transmission is a Tremec five-speed manual. There's a Currie 9-inch rear end and the car has 3.55:1 gearing. However, there is no driveshaft installed.

There's a Hotchkis lowered suspension, Wilwood four-wheel disc brakes, 16-inch Cragar wheels, a tilt steering column, and a Hurst shifter. There's also air conditioning.

It's been repainted metallic red and the trunk floor has been replaced, and the lower quarter panels have been repaired.

That said, the car still needs work -- it needs a grille, exterior lighting, glass, trim, and the soft-top fabric.

The pictures show that the interior definitely needs a lot of work. The seats are torn, the radio isn't in place, and neither are the door panels.

This Seattle-based car is up to $3,700 at auction.

[Images: Seller]

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Tim Healey
Tim Healey

Tim Healey grew up around the auto-parts business and has always had a love for cars — his parents joke his first word was “‘Vette”. Despite this, he wanted to pursue a career in sports writing but he ended up falling semi-accidentally into the automotive-journalism industry, first at Consumer Guide Automotive and later at He also worked as an industry analyst at Mintel Group and freelanced for, CarFax,, High Gear Media, Torque News,,, among others, and of course Vertical Scope sites such as,, and He’s an urbanite and as such, doesn’t need a daily driver, but if he had one, it would be compact, sporty, and have a manual transmission.

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  • Dukeisduke Dukeisduke on Dec 08, 2023

    It's on BaT, up to $3,900 now. If it goes for anything close to this price, it's a screaming deal, assuming all the work was done right. No pictures of the rear suspension, but the front has tubular control arms and coilovers. A Currie rear end isn't cheap (neither is the Tremec 5-speed), so I'll bet the rear is upgraded with tubular control arms and coilovers, too. The 350 is a ZZ4 (Vortec), so better than the old SBC.

  • Dukeisduke Dukeisduke on Dec 08, 2023

    I wonder what the yellow one that was on here last spring went for? They were asking $50k.

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