72 malibu

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my grandmaw has a 72 malibu chevelle that belonged to my great grandmaw. it has a 307. shes had it sitting in the garage FOREVER. well, shes getting around to selling it. its a baby blue 2 door with mint interior. it has 43000 original miles on it. i cant find any rust, or dents. it does have a slight scrape on the passenger side door. what do you guys figure its worth? i want to keep it in the family. id say the 307 is locked. it hasnt been started in years. any help would be great. ill try and get pics sometime to post. thanks

posted by  adamc44

I think you can get it back into shape easily. All you need is a sledge hammer and a little bondo. :thumbs:

posted by  corbett_auto

heh.. i dont think so

posted by  adamc44

I would take it. Its probably worth around....$3,500-$4,500. I wouldnt go for anymore than that. One way to tell in the engine is locked is to try and start it or reach down and try and turn the crank by hand.

posted by  FordFromHell351

just got the pics here they are

http://pic15.picturetrail.com/VOL628/2683405/5359798/105718218.jpg
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posted by  adamc44

http://pic15.picturetrail.com/VOL628/2683405/5359798/105718276.jpg
http://pic15.picturetrail.com/VOL628/2683405/5359798/105718285.jpg
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http://pic15.picturetrail.com/VOL628/2683405/5359798/105718307.jpg
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http://pic15.picturetrail.com/VOL628/2683405/5359798/105718498.jpg im trying to convince her to sell it to me in the back window. i put that on there when i was probably 18 or so.

posted by  adamc44

AHHH OLD LADY CAR!!!! lol j/k. Its not that bad, and looks pretty original. Would make for a nice easy little project for someone.

posted by  car_crazy89

i just picked up a 71 with a running 350 s door no rust new paint and interior for 4800 no malibu with bad engine and been sitting for a long time is worth more than 3000 all seals brake rear end engine are possibly bad!! give grandmaw 200 and make everyone happy just my 2cents :laughing:

posted by  green machine

:orglaugh:

posted by  green machine

Well i kinda disagree here, it really depends on how desireable the car is. It might not be worth much to you but to some people it could be worth alot. It is also (by the looks of it) all original, rust free and low ORIGINAL miles on it. IMO.

posted by  car_crazy89

yea. if it is mostly original you could probably sell it to a restoration nut for more than 4 gs with the way the muscle car market is now. but most people who could care less about originality wouldnt pay more than 4. for a lil over 2 gs and a little elbow grease can turn that into a respectable car. the paint doesnt look too bad except all the dust. a new engine and tranny, and maybe a few other minor things it might need to get it running again but other than that its in good shape for a barn car

posted by  72firebird

i buy restore and sell alot of older muscle cars mostly chevys and i can tell you the only all original cars that are worth more with the original engines say are the rarer lower production number cars not the bench seat 307 grandmaw car!! anyone lookin for an original numbers matching car is lookin for an ss bigblock or a rare heavy chevy with the 400 and such! this is a very common mistake made by alot of people thinking they hit the lottery cause they found and original 307 car with the original engine, anyone interested in a car like this one is thinking of new engine probably a built 350 and arent gonna pay more just cause of the 307!!!to many people watch barret jackson auctions and say wow that all original ss 454 car brought 45000 my original 307 should be worth 8000 wrong answer!!! im not knockin your car bud its almost exactly like the last one i bought give granny 2000 and with another 2 you could have a really bitchin lil ride !! take alot of pictures from start to finish of the work u do and save receipts it will increase the sale value if and when u sell it!!! its nice to find a low mileage ride but they do need alot of work if not propelly maintained!! :banghead:

posted by  green machine

:banghead: this is another misconception alot of people have that if there isnt a big rust hole on the out side of a car that its a rustfree car!!! wrong!! i can tell by the engine bay and fenderwell pics that it is a clean car but far from rust free!!!!rust free means show room new to someone lookin to pay big bucks for a car in that condition, such as a frame off restoration frame blasted and repainted etc!!sorry it just chaps my ass the way people throw the terms rust free and all original around :banghead:

posted by  green machine

There may be peeled paint areas which of course will have surface rust underneath but since the car would be painted anyways that rust would be cleaned up easily (since its only surface). From the pics, the body looks great, far better then alot of original cars from then and of course the engine bay wont look beautiful cause its not clean same with under the car but everything looks easily cureable (mostly suraface so just sand off). Your right about how it wont be worth a WHOLE lot cause it is more of a basic model and the 307 isnt the most desireable engine but like i said, to some people it might be valuable for some reason. I could easily be wrong here considering i'm just starting out but i cant be too far off.

posted by  car_crazy89

well i posted this car on a chevelle restoration page and got ranges from 1000 all the way to 6000. i figured, if anyone, they would know what they were talking about. besides it is rust free for AN OHIO CAR. i dont live in arizona or texas where they are in everyones backyard. its hard to find a decent ride around here like this that is complete. ill keep you guys informed on my progress. thanks for the responses. lata

posted by  adamc44

Good luck on your search. Hope you find the price (and sell it) for what your looking for :thumbs:

posted by  car_crazy89

no one said it was a rare car or that it was worth alot of money. i dont think anyone has said it was worth more than 4500. and that is what its worth give or take a grand and if he were selling it to a non family member. but no one said anything about being very valuable. just some people like to restore originals. and not everyone likes the 350s or 454. most people do. but there are people out there thatd be interested in restoring a 307 72. even if it is a granny car. just no one in here was being like that so that was kinda pointless of you.

posted by  72firebird

for an area like ohio minor surface rust like that is mint condition. alot of areas like that suffer from roof rott and other rust problems. so to find an original car like that with minor surface rust in an area like that is a good find. and rust free does not mean show room new. a car can be bare metal and ugly and dented. but if it doesnt have rust on it its rust free. you basicly had it back words. a clean car is close to new or good condition. rust free is just the absense of rust. so stop being a dick its not needed.

posted by  72firebird

take that car to a real auction such as Berrat Jackson or Mecum in illinois and tell everyone its rust free and you would be laughed all the way off the auction block surface rust is RUST no matter where the car is from!!?? and if you knew anything about old cars 72firebird you would know that a clean car means not alot of rust, no bondo and straight body no major dings or dents. RUST FREE MEANS RUST FREE!!!!!! your probably one of those guys who cuts a 4 inch hole of rust out of a car fills it with bondo and says how rust free it is!!???

posted by  green machine

Have you ever seen a Barret Jackson Car Auction? Those cars are fully restored with lots of money put into them, this car has no money put into it so of course he's be laughed at.

posted by  car_crazy89

durrr ok smart one. go to any eastern state or mid east and try to find one pre 80s car without rust. and im not talking about a restored one. im saying go out to some barns and try to find any original rust free car. isnt gonna happen. and barret jackson cars are professonialy restored dumb ****. this is a fixer not a fixed. and clean does mean no bondo and all that shit but it means no rust. a rusted car isnt a clean car dumbass. and a rust free car reffers to major rust to where you have to replace the panel. surface rust is surface rust sand it off and its brand new metal. and unlike you ive never had to cut out rust cause i take care of my cars and have never boughten anything with rust. unlike you i know what to look for when i buy a car. so go back in you room and watch more barret jackson and study for your drivers permit lil boy

posted by  72firebird

Ouch, harsh!

posted by  corbett_auto

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