Car Lust Our Cars1983 Chevrolet Malibu Wagon

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Our Cars—1983 Chevrolet Malibu

I’ve been a bit quiet for the few days because I wanted to the time I needed to get this one This car, and the car I’ll be tomorrow, are the two cars I’ve most about, and so I want to them correctly.

In early I had an empty parking spot, a for semi-reliable transportation, and $1,500 of to spend. In my world, this is a and delicious situation ripe promise.

I narrowed my search to the rare, the strange, and the interesting. I a Saab 900 Turbo with a driver’s seat—you had to hold up with the steering wheel. I a Merkur XR4ti that had a lot of punch despite spewing of white smoke in its wake. I a first-generation Volkswagen GTI that had a wheel that smelled of Cool Ranch Doritos.

I at, but did not drive, a late-1970s BMW 320 that to have a family of birds in the engine compartment.

I was having a shopping and wasn’t in a huge to buy—a bit like being in dating but not ready to get married. But I saw this Malibu, I was ready to down and make a real

The ad sounded good. It was a 1983 Malibu Wagon, only two and with only 130,000 despite its 19 years of life. As is obvious to anybody who reads blog, I’ve always had a for older rear-wheel-drive American and an equally strong weakness for

The Malibu seemed like an alternative to the European sports on which I had been focusing.

a lot of debate as to whether love at sight really exists, but it in this case. I can say that I saw the Malibu, I just knew it was It was a feeling that goes all rational thought—I knew was the car.

To begin with, the genuinely seemed like a honest guy—the type of you always hope is on the other end of the when you call about a car, but rarely is. He was an older and was actually selling the car on behalf of his who had recently passed away. The car been driven much in the few years and needed a new gas tank; he was to replace the tank free of

The car itself was—to my unique at least—completely gorgeous. It was completely with only a small in the tailgate to mar its lines. The chrome was the hood ornament was in place, and the even had its original wheel The patina of time had mellowed the softening the original silver into a sublimely subtle

I’m sure any sane buyer would turn up nose at that paint, but I it was fantastic. If I could adequately the color on another car, I

The interior was similarly pristine. the exception of a small cigarette ash hole in the front bench and an aftermarket steering wheel the Malibu was just like The gray upholstery was in great with no rips or tears; the and lights all worked; and it still had its pushbutton AC Delco AM/FM

The air conditioning needed a charge, but from that, everything

And, wonder of all wonders, the glass and rear door up onto a massive cargo The Malibu was the wagon I’ve dreamed of.

With a thudding and sweaty palms, I eagerly the $1,100 asking price and the Malibu home.

I tend to of lust as the frantic desire for unattainable, so I’ve always it would be hard to lust something you already have. But after I bought the Malibu and it home, I lusted for it. I caught looking out the window at it when I was at when I drove by office I’d look at the windows to see its driving by.

Every so often grab my camera to capture an I’d missed. Even now finding it hard to concentrate on this—I really just to gaze at the pictures.

I was so besotten the Malibu that I made a mistake. The weekend after I the car, I loaded up three and their gear and headed up the mountains for a camping trip— I had the Malibu thoroughly checked This after it had sat for most of the few years.

Not smart.

Everybody the car, and it swallowed my friends and gear easily. What we love was that the ‘Bu to start after we stopped for Then, after we finally did get it the automatic transmission showed a tendency to slip when up somewhat steep grades. since we were driving up the mountains, was pretty much the time. When we stopped for it refused to start again.

My friends showed commendable in not striking me with their

Upon our eventual safe—if a simple tune-up and carburetor put the warm-starting problems to rights. A fluid flush seemed to the slip.

After this, the was a rock-solid companion. It wasn’t easy to start and keep when cold, but once I how to work its throttle with the dexterity, that quirk became a point of pride. Try to the ‘Bu away immediately cold-start, and it would be a wicked let it warm up for a few minutes, and it was an absolute

By any traditional enthusiast’s evaluation, the was an absolute pig to drive. Its 3.8-liter V-6 put out 105 horsepower, which wasn’t a lot the car’s size and heft. our Volvo 240. the Malibu had no holding its speed going up but it didn’t like to be hustled.

The was true of the suspension, which was as as any of the great American luxury of the past and completely non-responsive in the

All of this was fine with me. driven my share of performance and the Malibu experience was just as It was made to cruise comfortably. roll down the windows, assume the typical American car slouch*, and float along the engine burbling happily.

At night, the ‘Bu would along placidly while I to the vintage radio, the warm instrument lighting illuminating my face.

In fact, the Malibu’s engine and generally languid experience spoiled me for high-compression V-8s. In the times in which inevitably start thinking mechanical upgrades to the car, invariably consider a big, cruising engine well something hyper-aggressive that be as comfortable to drive. Likewise, if I added more power, I have done nothing to the handling.

The floaty ride was of the ‘Bu’s character and could not be

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I’m describing the Malibu as a big, old American car, of course isn’t entirely In the context of modern cars, the looks and feels awfully But compared to its peers and immediate it was positively petite.

The Malibu was the sedan in the Chevrolet lineup, in below the full-size Impala and This generation of Malibu was considered dramatically downsized it debuted in 1978; it was an early into a more rational Certainly, compared to David Imperial. it was downright Lilliputian.

so, with its rear seats down, the Malibu fit a miraculous of cargo into its wagon I once fit a shocking percentage of a apartment into its cargo

In a parking lot full of serious sedans, the Malibu stood highlighting the changes in automotive in the last 25 years. In contrast to cars, which wear chrome, sit right down on haunches, and have minimal past the front and rear the Malibu sat defiantly high, long overhangs, and proud and side sculpting.

I love the look. I love the clean lines, pleasing treatment, and rough-hewn good I like its looks so much I once did a photo shoot a talented artist/musician friend of that prominently featured the

Before the Malibu, I had very experience with big, American cars. The Malibu me that as much as I love European cars — and I do that the big American car experience a very primal chord for me.

So, why I still have it? Basically, I the biggest mistake of my automotive by lapsing into a short, period of common sense.

I wound up acquiring tomorrow’s Car a car that I was also very of, and that didn’t need to warm up in the morning. Since I run late in the morning, the more car became my daily driver by My wife was at best bemused by the so she continued to drive her Volvo.

As a I only drove the Malibu I had time to properly warm it up, so it sat for and longer stretches.

I didn’t the Malibu just to sit, so I put my sentimentality on hold and made a decision—a decision I’ve ever since. I sold the to a gentleman who professed to like it as as I did. Unfortunately—I’ve tried to this out ever since—he to paint it bright red and put sport on it.

This model year was the last of what I think of as the Malibus—the simple, rear-wheel-drive cars. Chevy would the Malibu name in 1997 on a car now remembered as a rental car. would be succeeded by a more Malibu, which was available in Maxx trim.

Now there’s a new Malibu out, which is to be worthy of the proud name.

But about these newer the name Malibu to me, and I’ll into a bittersweet smile as I back to my gray lady.


* If you’ve never experienced the car bench-seat slouch, you’re out. There are two derivations. In you steer lazily with left hand; your hand rests on the window with your right arm along the bench.

In the second, left arm goes out the window, and you lazily with your hand. Either way, virtually impossible to keep slouching.

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