1965 Chevrolet Malibu LS1
Project cars for sale has tripped across a cool little pro touring start today. What we have here is a 1965 Chevrolet Malibu with a late model LS1 engine and a T56 six speed transmission! It is a rare find in today’s marketplace to find a mid stream project car with the LS1 swap already completed. Most of the cars that have had a swap like this completed are just that, completed. They typically are completely done to the nines and therefore unaffordable to the average gearhead. That’s what makes this car cool.
For a touch over $20k you get a solid project car that just needs some minor details. This 1965 Chevrolet Malibu LS1 has the previously mentioned LS1 engine swap mated to a T56 6 speed transmission. According to the seller this combination only has 11 miles on it!
The car has a decent black paint job with a stock red interior. Someone has added a cool notch to the bench seat to clear the manual shifter. I am not sure that this type of thing was commonplace in musclecars until the later 60’s. Rounding out the more or less stock interior are a host of Autometer gauges that seem to blend in to the dash and give a nice modern touch.
The only gripe that I had about this car as I was browsing the listing is the rear cove treatment. On the Super Sport Malibus of 1965 the rear cove was blacked out, or in the case of black cars, silvered out. This car has received a “red out” to tie with the red interior. If I were to purchase this car, I think I would get rid of that ASAP and get some 3″ drop springs in the undercarriage as well. Then I’d drive the heck out of it with a smile on my face!
This 1965 Malibu SS appears to be a nice start for a cool little pro touring car with a modern drivetrain. It would make a great project car and would be an awesome weekend cruiser! Don’t miss out on this one! Check out the full listing here on eBay