In 1964, Chevrolet (a division of General Motors and the nations number one automotive manufacturer) manufactured the Malibu SS. Chevrolet created this automobile in1964 to compete with the other sister companies at General Motors. However, it was not a true competitor until 1966 when the model became known as the “Chevelle SS396”. That’s another story. The Malibu SS was a great competitor against Ford’s Fairlane and Plymouth.s Barracuda sport models.The Malibu SS’s shortcomings, were in its powerplant.
The 1964 Malibu SS once again, was built on the intermediate automotive platform. as all of the General Motors mucsle cars. The 1964 Malibu SS’s powerplant could be had with Chevrolets staight 6 cylinder to the ever popular small block V8’s. You could get up to a 300 horsepower rating with a four barrel caburetor in the small block V8 327. The more horsepower you got the more competitive you were With a small block engine the only V8 available from the factory as the largest engine in 1964, it was not surprising, that the torque rates were not as great of other mucsle cars.
The Malibu SS became very popular with Chevrolet diehards, especially when they learned that the wheelbase was 115 inches. This was the same wheelbase, as the ever iconic, two door 1955 to 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air’s line of automobiles. All Malibu SS’s came as sports coupe hardtop’s or convertible body styles only in 1964. There was Malibu SS badging on the rear quarters and this was the only markings on the vehicle to let the public know that it was the Malibu SS version of the Chevelle in 1964. There are also some interrior items that came as standard equipment on the Malibu SS.
The Malibu SS interrior came in two different colors only, black or white! Other items that were standard interrior equpment are bucket seats, a center console and gauges to repllace the warning lights at the driver side dash. The center console could have either a stick shift for a standard transmission protruding up through it or a power glide 2-speed automatic transmission shirter installed.The Malibu SS also sported the Impala SS wheel covers on the standard steel wheels in 1964. Another sign that General Motors was in business. trying to make money, besides building mucsle cars. The rearend came only in the ten bolt cofiguration, as all of the General Motors mucsle cars. You could get these rearend’s in a slew of gear ratio’s and also posi-traction. Now that all of the first generation General Motors mucsle car’s are introduced its time to see how the other automotive manufacturers answered.