The Chevrolet Malibu Turns 50

Chevrolet Malibu Turns 50
Chevrolet Malibu Turns 50

The Chevrolet Malibu turns 50 years old this month.

Since the 1960s, much has changed. A gallon of gas has increased by more than 3 dollars, the cost of a movie theater ticket has jumped $7, and the Dow Jones Industrial Average is up nearly 14,000 points from where it closed out in 1964.

Like the real world, 50 years has brought much change to the Malibu as well. The now refined midsized sedan debuted in the 1960s as one of the first midsize cars in America, appealing to muscle car lovers and families.

While the 1964 Malibu featured a body-on-frame construction and rear-wheel drive, the 2014 model has a body-frame-integral design and is front-wheel drive. The below chart provides more detail of how far the Malibu has come.

1964 2014


2870 pounds 3393 pounds

Wheel Size

14 x 6.5 inches 16 x 7.5 inches


1 single-barrel carburetor Direct injection


120 196


3-speed manual (standard); 2-speed automatic (optional) 6-speed automatic


Four-wheel drum Four-wheel disc with antilock brake system


Seat belts 10 standard air bags


3.2 liter incline-six 2.5 liter incline-four


AM radio Chevrolet MyLink

Air conditioning

Optional Standard

The results of Chevrolet’s progress with the Malibu and other cars demand a closer look. Visit Nehls Chevrolet today and check out our selection!

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