The Malibu Maxx was a funny seeking, crypto-station-wagon version of the 2004-2007 Chevrolet Malibu (which was itself based on the Opel Vectra C). It sold poorly and is now largely forgotten, which makes it precisely the sort of junkyard vehicle I like to locate.
Yes, obscure sales flops in the junkyard have stories to inform!
Automobiles this new tend to get picked more than quite swiftly, offered that they share components with vehicles nonetheless on the road in large numbers. Common Motors is all about the components bin, so owners of everything from the Pontiac Sunfire to the Buick Rendezvous can do their shopping right here.
(*shakes cane at these damn cannabis tourists leaving their tax dollars in Colorado*)
I have rented numerous a Malibu with the LTZ trim level, during my travels with the 24 Hours of LeMons, and I have constantly assumed that LTZ is GM code for Bob Lutz.
You know you are really reaching when the most significant selling point on your auto is the sliding rear seats.
[Pictures: Murilee Martin/The Truth About Vehicles]
The Ford Econoline went from getting a forward-control/mid-engine layout to sporting a stubby hood with the engine moved a bit forward for the 1968 by way of 1974 model years. Every single time I see a single of these vans in a wrecking yard, it has been so completely employed up that I feel compelled to break out my camera so far in this series we have seen this ’70 cargo van, this ’70 passenger van, this STD-laden ’71 custom, and this extraordinarily biohazardous-hunting ’72 camper (plus there’s this grainy black-and-white Econoline photo I shot in 1991, this complete-on Southern California custom found in northern Sweden, and this time-capsule Denver customized ’74).
Right now, we have this beat-to-hell-and-beyond California passenger-van-turned-operate-truck.
You could get versions of this sticker for your vehicle, motorcycle, bicycle, or surfboard back in the 1970s and 1980s.
At some point, a person with sheet metal, a riveting tool, body filler, and spray paint covered up the left-side glass, generating the really uncommon Half-and-Half Molester Van alternative package.
Shelves and toolboxes had been installed on that side, or perhaps we are seeing a extremely un-luxurious camper conversion here.
Rather than go to the hassle of covering up the rear windows, the owner who did the side-glass-covering job just found junkyard cargo-van doors to replace the window-equipped passenger-van doors that have been on this Econoline when it rolled off the showroom floor.
These “splatter” stickers had been popular J.C. Whitney items, circa 1982.