In-Motion Classic: 1978 Chevrolet Malibu Classic – An Acrostic Poem

Chance sightings are often my favorites.

Here in Edgewater, there seems to be an unusual abundance of vintage cars.

Every once in a while, I’ll catch sight of one in traffic.

Very soon, with the warmer weather approaching, even more such Curbside Classics will be out and about.

Remembering these newly-downsized Malibu four-door sedans, I have one nit to pick:

Only the front windows roll down?

Let met get this straight…

Everyone was supposed to be able to afford the optional air conditioning?

Totally bogus, if you ask me.

Maybe GM had just gotten greedy, or lazy, or both.

Anyway, there’s still a lot to like about this generation of Chevy midsizer, otherwise.

Leg room, head room, and usable trunk space had all increased with this redesign.

It got better gas mileage, too, with a weight reduction of 500 – 1,000 lbs. over the previous iteration.

Better use of space, all around, was one of its strengths.

Usually, I have my camera with me at all times.

Clicking away in rapid-fire succession has produced some of my favorite series of shots, on multiple occasions.

Looks like the paint on this one has seen better days.

All the same, the body looked nicely dent-free, and I liked the custom wire wheels on this one.

Something good is to be said for both of those things.

Since seeing this one in my neighborhood in January of last year, I haven’t spotted it again.

It’s possible that it “lives” in a different part of this vast city.

Crossing this intersection in style on this particular weekend, though, it had made my Saturday afternoon.

Edgewater, Chicago, Illinois.
Saturday, January 21, 2017.

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