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YAK Car Pic of the Day

Somebody at some point changed something on this Chevy Malibu Classic, which has been sitting outside the collision shop at Mike Barney Nissan in Amherst for quite some time. I figure it’s either: a) abandoned; b) waiting for parts; or c) the sales manager is still working on figuring out the trade-in value. The grille says it’s a 1978, but the thin chrome wheel-lip moldings suggest it’s a 1979 model. Go figure. The ’78 mid-sized Chevys followed by a year the downsizing of GM’s full-sized lineup. Previously named Chevelle, the entire mid-sized Chevy line-up now went by the name of Malibu, the former top-of-the-line Chevelle. For 1978 (and 1979) you could choose between Malibu and Malibu Classic — or if you were really loose with the purse strings, the ritzy Malibu Classic Landau. The 1978 brochure (see a Chilean version here) also included the El Camino car/truck, which was still offered for 1979 but no longer included in the Malibu brochure.

— Jim Corbran, You Auto Know