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YAK Car Pic of the Day

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The big cars got downsized at GM in 1977, and the mid-sized cars followed suit the next year. The brochure which advertised this 1978 Chevrolet Malibu Classic shouted out: “The New Size Malibu. Now That’s Good News.” And it was, in both the looks department and the sales numbers. If you squint and hold an index finger over the roofline, you can really see how alike the Malibu and the also-newly-downsized Monte Carlo were. That certainly wasn’t the case in years past. Even the name was smaller for 1978, as this was the first year Chevy dropped the Chevelle moniker from the mid-sized line-up’s name. This blue coupe was seen yesterday in Niagara Falls. (Just kidding; it wasn’t that cold yesterday, unlike a couple of winters ago when I took this pic. The car is still sitting in the same spot.)

Jim Corbran • You Auto Know • jim@artvoice.com