The 1977 Chevrolet Chevelle and Malibu series included this base
Malibu coupe featuring single headlights and a crosshatch grille.
The 1977 Chevrolet Chevelle and Malibu series was billed as "America's smart money car," in reference to their friendly prices and big-on-the inside, small-on-the-outside dimensions.
The 1977 Chevrolet Chevelle and Malibu series wore new grilles but had fewer engine selections, though the engines that remained gained a few horses. The lineup consisted of Malibu and Malibu Classic models in coupe, sedan, and station wagon body styles. Estate Wagons and the Laguna Type S-3 were gone, though Chevrolet continued to issue Chevelle-based El Camino car-pickups.
In standard form, Chevelles had a 250-cubic-inch six-cylinder engine or a 145-horsepower, 305-cubic-inch V-8. The sole option beyond that was a 170-horsepower, four-barrel 350-cubic-inch V-8 (this engine was standard in the Malibu Classic station wagon). No more 400-cubic-inch V-8s were available.
Malibu Classics switched to a vertical grille pattern and six-section taillights but kept their twin stacked headlights and stand-up hood ornament. Regular Malibu grilles changed little. Classics had a luxurious cloth/vinyl split-bench front seat, color-keyed steering wheel, and woodgrain-accented instrument panel.
Malibu options included a $46 Exterior Decor group, $54 tinted glass, and $33 full wheel covers. A total of 37,215 Malibu Classic Landau coupes were produced, as opposed to 73,739 regular Classic coupes and 28,793 base coupes. In four-door sedan form, too, the Malibu Classics outsold base models by a substantial margin.
The 1977 Chevrolet Chevelle Malibu base coupe included optional
whitewall tires and full wheel covers.
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