So would one in very good, mostly original condition be worth $10,000? It's dark green with green vinyl top, green interior, A/C, bucket seats, no console, column shift TH400, 12 bolt 3.31 posi and SS hood.
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You know, about six months ago I saw a 71 Malibu 396 and didn't pay it much attention. At first I thought it was just a big block transplant but when I opened the hood it looked like that big block had been sitting there since day one. The fenders had the "396" right behind the "Malibu" tag where you'd normally see "350". The car was triple black and loaded to the gunwales with every conceivable option. The asking price was $10K. I tried to get a friend of mine to consider purchasing the car but it was gone before he got to see it. So this may have been a pretty rare original car?
1970 SS454 LS6 (nom)
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Check the numbers closely on the engine pad and compare Engine (3 digit letter code) Code with info available on this site. The motor is really a 402 (330HP?)but there should be "400" emblem on the front fender. Also the last series of digits should match the VIN Number (last series of numbers) on plate at intersection of windshield and dash on the drivers side. However a build sheet or original sticker would be nice to confirm also.
Good luck. Check it out closely could be a clone. If real (and has original motor) and in decent shape it is probably worth the $$ because of its rarity.
I agree, I believe a TRUE BB Malibu SHOULD have come with 400 emblems. They are scarce, and one of these would be the equivalant of an SS396 WITHOUT the SS trim/badging/pkg. And I also agree about the hood being added. I believe the ONLY cars to get the SS, or domed, hood were SS and HEAVY CHEVY cars.
<BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Don_lightfoot: My source indicates a total of 113.
I think I am the source of that information. But that is for the '69 non-SS 396 Malibu. From '70-'72 you could get the LS3 402 big-block (looks just like a 396) in any car in the entire Chevelle lineup. LS3 Malibu 2-door coupe production was approximately:
1970: 1250 cars
1971: 1850 cars
1972: 950 cars
Most of those were automatics. Very, very few came with the Muncie "MC1" heavy duty 3-speed manual. The rest were Muncie 4-speeds.
Thank you all for the info. I'm passing all of this on to my friend and he is going to check it out closer. If it is real I think he is going to buy it. I didn't know any were built, but I have learned to never say "they didn't make any of those".
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