Happy 50th Birthday Chevrolet Malibu

Things have certainly come a long way from those old drum brakes and AM radios.

Back in 1964, Chevrolet introduced a new premium trim level for the Chevelle. Dubbed the Malibu, it had a body-on-frame construction with a coil-spring front suspension, and was powered by a 3.2-liter inline-six cylinder with just 120 horsepower and mated to a three-speed manual gearbox. The Malibu continued to evolve over the years as it grew in size and was later downsized in the late 70s. In 1983 it was discontinued from the lineup and it wasn’t until 1997 that the Malibu name appeared again.

The 2014 Malibu is a far cry from the 1964 model, but it retains a solid family car spirit. Instead of having rear-wheel-drive like the original, the current Malibu has front-wheel-drive, an optional 2.0-liter turbo four that’s good for 259 horsepower, and a six-speed automatic. It also has 10 standard air bags. The original had none, but at least it came with an AM radio. So there’s that. Happy half century, Chevy Malibu. It's hard to believe you've been around for so long.

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