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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old Jan 9th, 04, 8:38 AM Thread Starter
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Kindof a simple question, but

How can we identify a car is a 68 Concours Sport Sedan rather than a 68 Malibu? Does the VIN or any body features give this away ?

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probably, if you go to the Tag Team forum a little down the page and post the VIN and cowl plate info, someone here can/will decode it for you. [img]graemlins/thumbsup.gif[/img]

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I was assuming you was looking for a Canadian model but I don't see a Concours Sport Sedan listed here:

http://cdnclassics.chevelles.net/canmodel.htm#68

The only U.S. Concours model that I can find is a station wagon not a sport sedan.

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As Bruce said, the only Concours model is the wagon. There was an upscale Concours trim option on the Malibu but I don't know if it'd be identified on the trim tag or not but I'd doubt it since the tag only gives model/series such as 13637 (Malibu V8 sport coupe), interior trim code, paint code, etc. There is nothing listed in GM's 'Model Reference Chart' for a separate model (except the wagon).

Here is a picture of one I found on the Internet. Note the 'Concours' script on the fender.

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i would think that the sport sedan would have had the post between the side windows where as the malibu would not.

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Sport Sedans are all hardtops, Malibu or Coucours. I know this

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Unfortunately, 'sedan', 'coupe', and 'hardtop' are often used interchangably. Even by GM. They call the 67 4-door (what I'd call hardtop - no post) a sport sedan.


It's all marketing hype anyway.


According to my 3rd edition American Heritage Dictionary:
Sedan - a closed automobile having two or four doors and a front and rear seat.
Coupe - a closed two-door automobile.
Hardtop - an automobile designed to look like a convertible but having a rigidly fixed, hard top.




Personally, I call a car a "Coupe" that's like a 40's to 50's Ford/Chevrolet that has a short roofline and may or may not have a back seat...like a 40 Ford coupe or early 50's Ford Club Coupe.

A "Sedan" would be the long roof version of the same car with a post between the front and rear passenger side windows.

A "Hardtop" would be like the sedan but without the post.

But, GM (as an example) calls the 13817-type 67 Chevelle Super Sport a 'Sport Coupe' and not a hardtop, while they call the 4-door (no-post) a 'Sport Sedan' and simply a 'sedan' if it has the post.

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I have a HUGE collection of factory press photos of these years. I have both a Malibu Sport Sedan and a Concours Sport Sedan, take a look:
http://members.roadfly.com/jim_rohn/68concours.jpg
http://members.roadfly.com/jim_rohn/...sportsedan.jpg

Malibu is supposed to be model 13639, can't find Concours model number, but it was an extra $135 in 1968.

Reviewing my 68 sales brochure brings this info:

interior, custom seat belts, special upholstery not avail with any other model (looks like Caprice seats, door panels and dash). Other pictures show a unique rear tail panel (again, reminds ME of the 66 Caprice rear deck trim) & hidden wipers. Text describes: "On the outside, special black-accented wheel opening and lower body side moldings ..." & " ... special insulation is used throughout to give you an uncommonly silent ride."

I found info in 60 years of Chevrolet, says (for 69 anyway) that Concours was avail on ALL Malibu models $135 extra and included wheel discs, heavy chrome rockers and other distinctive trim items, probably an interior trim level difference too.

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OK, I guess it takes a 66 or 67 guy to find out something about 68s.

My resources for 68 are limited but I found some information in this Catalog of Chevelle, Malibu & El Camino ID Numbers 1964 - 87.

Apparently, Concours was an option (U.S.) in 68 and 69. It was an option on the Malibu line in both years the same way that the SS396 (RPO Z25) was an option on the various models in 69.

I found the following listings, but am not certain how to interpret them:

Special Sport Sedan........ZJ6
Concours Sedan ............ZK5
Concours Sport Sedan.......ZK6
Concours Sport Coupe.......ZK7

I found a picture of a 69 Concours Sport Sedan on the back cover of an old issue of the Chevelle Report. The ID Number book lists, Special Sport Sedan....ZJ6, as an option that year, but doesn't mention the other 3 RPOs that I found in 1968.

Perhaps someone with a 1968 dealer album could shed some light on this information.

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How can we identify a car is a 68 Concours Sport Sedan rather than a 68 Malibu? Does the VIN or any body features give this away ?
The answer to this question probably is that you need documentation such as a build sheet that would reference one of the listed RPOs. Other than emblems on the front fenders, perhaps an interior code on the trim tag might be proof if the Concours included an upscale interior that was not available on the basic Malibu Sport Sedan. If you will, give us all the information off of the trim tag and the VIN. I do have some interior code information for 68 that might help if I had the trim tag info.

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Re: 68 Concours Sport Sedan

Maybe this will help, I have 68 Concours 2 dr. The VIN and Protecta Plate have no mention of Concours Option. The only possible mention is in the Body number plate (cowl tag). Under TR (interior trim) I have a 765 which when decoded means 2 separate things 1) Concours trim 2) Black Malibu trim, unfortunatley the 765 designation can mean one of those two things. The Concours option was added to the Malibu class, so basically the base model was Malibu with Concours option. Concours option chevelles were a luxury line, other than SS which was the performance option.
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