Coming into the world as a convertible, the car is described as a nut and bolts restoration, the result of a cost-is-no-object project that ended up gifting it with “power everything,” from steering to brakes. And there’s quite the amount of power under the hood as well, where a 6.2-liter LS2 engine is located.
Tied to a 4-speed automatic overdrive transmission, the engine develops about 500 horsepowers, which get sent to staggered 18-inch Budnik billet aluminum wheels. Behind them, upgraded suspension and brakes are there to help the ride properly navigate the roads.
Overall, the design of the Malibu was preserved, and the body, draped in black and offset by chrome bumpers and adorned with Malibu SS badges on the rear quarter panels, just like in the good old days, hugs an interior in Alcantara and leather, spread over the factory bucket seats and custom door panels. Sporting a carbon fiber dashboard holding Auto Meter gauges, the interior cost $8,000 to make on its own.
As it sits on the dealer’s lot, the Malibu show just around 1,000 miles of use since work on it was completed. If the asking price is too much, but you still plan on getting your hands on this one, it’s worth noting the dealer is also accepting trades.