The Chevy Malibu was a forgettable midsized sedan from the 80s and not worth a second glance…unless someone has shoved a modern fuel injected V8 under the hood, painted the bumpers body colored, tinted the windows and bolted on a set of Torque Thrust style wheels. Today’s feature has been transformed from Maliboring to Malibadass. Find this 1982 Chevy Malibu Wagon with LY6 V8 swap for $13,200 in the middle of Missouri via craigslist.
Wagon…check. De-badged…check. Cool wheels (not too small, not too big)…check. 400+ horsepower fuel injected V8…check. If you can live without shifting your own gears for a minute (we are talking directly to all the 2002Tii-slushbox haters), this is about the most badass 80s car on the block for less than fifteen large.
Pop the hood and you see a thoroughly massaged and ready to rock 6.0 liter Chevy V8 that is not described erroneously as an LS1 (yay for accuracy on the interwebs!!) and is correctly called an LY6 – which came from a 2007+ GMC truck. Original power was rated at 360 horsepower, but with the sellers indicated modifications we’d be shocked if it was less than 400 hp.
A brief glance inside had the staff at DT confused (why such a big brake pedal?) until we realized the left pedal was the foot e-brake as this thing is shifted by an automatic transmission – but a Malibu in any form won’t win corner carving contests – it is a street/strip car at best. This one could strip the street down to dirt with gnarly burnouts.
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