This ‘little old lady’ left ’69 Chevelle Malibu to its caretaker

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Pick of the Day

It’s Santa Monica, not Pasadena, but the Pick of the Day seems to qualify for the archetypical little-old-lady car nonetheless. 

The Pick of the Day is a 1969 Chevrolet Chevelle Malibu 2-door hardtop that had been owned by its second owner since 1972 and for the past 30 years was “driven to market and minimal errands.”

The car was owned by a “very nice lady” who “sadly just passed” and left the car to its current owner.

“My dad and I have been servicing this car since she bought it in 1972,” the private seller notes in the car’s advertisement on ClassicCars.com

“It is totally stock, rebuilt engine (350cid V8) in 1994 at 80,000 miles. 

“Because she mainly drove short distances, occasionally we would take it on the freeway to clean it out for her.”

The seller notes “2 minor fender flaws/dents.”

“She left me her car in her will. Unfortunately, I don’t need another car, just purchased 4Runner, reason why I’m selling.

“Great car to restore just don’t have the time.”

The seller notes that the woman who owned the car had it repainted “maybe 1 year ago.”

The car has an automatic transmission and has been driven 141,000 miles. It has air conditioning, power brakes and steering and an AM radio.

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The Malibu was the sporty and upscale Chevelle in 1969, with the SS396 coupe one of Detroit’s star muscle cars.

The Pick of the Day is being offered for $15,000. To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.

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A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

17 COMMENTS

  1. I call BS on that 69 Malibu you featured.
    Why would an older woman have chged the factory air cleaner on her car and have it repainted before she passed? Seems unlikely. Also, the condition of the engine compartment doesn’t match the rest of the vehicle. I would bet this car was in pretty rough shape before it’s recent re-paint. Buyer beware!!

    • I’m sure she checked her calendar and said, "Hum, I’m going to die next Thursday so I need to get the air filter changed and paint the car". sheesh

    • Also, why is it such high mileage if it only was used for short trips ? Maybe those trips on the freeway to cleanout the engine were coast to coast ?

      • Well if I did my math correctly , the car is 50 years old and has gone 141,000 miles, that equals less then 2900 miles a year or about 54 miles a week, so I would think that’s low , I drive that 2900 in a month.

      • 141,000 miles on a FIFTY year old car is "high mileage?" The bigger concern is, why did the engine need rebuilding at only 80,000 miles? My wife’s 1998 Infiniti Q45 has 295,000 miles on an untouched engine that still shows 96% of factory original compression.

  2. always great stories Larry! I am retired and go on my computer each day and check out your stories on the Journal. Always interesting with excellent pictures! Keep them coming thank you!

    • At 80k at 25 years that’s not much more than the 2.9k in her later years the air cleaner is sloppy work when you don’t have the correct one change it to the cheap aftermarket. All plausible, if you doubt it, don’t buy it goofy.

  3. Somebody wills you a classic and you flip it? He’d rather have 4runner? I guess he didn’t do that good of a job taking care of it for the old lady after all. The guys probably a complete fake. Otherwise he’s a total douche (maybe both?)

  4. Way too highly priced, it is simply a plain Jane, with lil ole lady story attached, if I heard it a thousand times in 60 years.i have purchased more muscle with low mileage for half that at least a dozen times without a story just raw power…….SS 396 427 454’s no dents or scratches, original..bla bla bla…

  5. Yeah "painted maybe one year ago" then she put two dents in it in the last year of her life, or was it painted dents and all? I dunno does not sound likely, but possible? I guess. How about pictures of the damage>

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