1972 Chevrolet Chevelle Malibu 2dr Hardtop 307 2 barrel from North America
Good looking and fun to drive first car, just get disc brakes, no drums
Power steering hoses needed to be replaced because they sprang a leak.
Rusted out on rear quarters pretty bad. So replaced with reproduction quarter patch panels.
Seat material split open, so replaced with reproduction seat covers.
A/C needed a charge, freon leaked out, but it still worked when charged for a while.
AM radio sucked. Antenna was in the windshield and don't know if that was working right.
This 1972 Chevelle was cranberry red with a white vinyl top and a white bench seat interior. It had a red package tray though, which was original. This car was 16 years old in 1988, and was my first car when I turned 16 that year.
It had the 307 V8 with a TH350 auto trans. The car had a floaty ride. The car nose dived in hard braking, and the 4 wheel drum brakes faded quickly and were scary sometimes. Acceleration was good, and it shifted good.
In March 1990, a tornado appeared in front of me while driving the Chevelle, and when I turned around to get away, I crashed into a chain link fence. I replaced the hood later and repainted it myself. It turned out so good I decided to repair the quarters and repaint them too.
The overall quality of the car was about average. The windshield washer switch felt crummy, the steering wheel was cheap and cracked. And the doors sagged on their hinges a little. The engine was excellent and very reliable. Carb worked good too. Transmission was old, but still worked fine. If I were to buy one today, I would swap out the drum brakes for disc brakes, because I hated the brakes on that thing. Good looking fun first car!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 19th February, 2011