Re: 1st, 2nd or 3rd "generation" Chevelles
I like Blue's and Rich's responses, and agree with the breakdown. And I agree that they aren't really called "generations", but the breakdown as to chassis/tooling/design philosophy are accurate.
You can follow the A-body lineage directly through the 78-83 design, which were called Malibus, although never officially Chevelles. But a lot of us consider them to be Chevelles because of the lineage of the chassis.
The A-body designation then was placed on the front drive Celebrity platform which has nothing in common with the rear drive platform other than size class in comparison to other cars in the GM line up at that time.
90 Corvette ZR1
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