Brian P 1972 Chevelle Malibu

The one I got back!

In 1969, I hired with Xerox Corporation as a field service tech. We were issued company cars for our job. In late 1971, I ordered a new company car, a 1972 Chevelle Malibu 2 door coupe. The only choice I had for options was the colors of the exterior/interior. Xerox specified the small V8 (307), turbo 350 trans, Factory A/C, power steering, power front disc brakes and heavy duty suspension. I ordered the Pewter Silver exterior paint w/black interior. I drove the car for Xerox for 2 1/2 years and put 55,000 miles on it, before the lease was up. I purchased the Chevelle from Xerox in 1975, with no hits, no runs and no errors. Since I was working for Xerox in Metro Detroit, I had the Chevelle rust proofed in 1973, out of my own pocket since I was hoping to buy it from Xerox when the lease was up. The rust proofing saved the Chevelle from the nasty road salt!

I did give up ownership in late 2001, when I was diagnosed with a rare cancer. I sold the Chevelle to my niece back in MI, who promised to care for the car like I did. After a second bout of the same cancer in late 2002, I sold my 1966 Corvette, that I had bought new, to a good friend of mine in Marquette Michigan. The only car I had left was my 1996 Impala SS that I bought new. Fast forward to 2009, my niece called me to tell me that she was divorcing her husband. I couldn't let the Chevelle disappear, so I made a deal with her soon to be ex-husband, to a even swap of the Impala SS for the Chevelle. He always wanted my Impala and I always wanted my Chevelle back. He paid for shipping the Impala up to Michigan and shipping the Chevelle down to Florida, where I live now. Since Xerox retired me after 34 years in 2003 at the ripe old age of 62, I couldn't afford to keep the Chevelle and the Impala. My cancer has been in remission now for over 10 years.

I've upgraded many things on the Chevelle, BUT, it still has the original body, paint, trim and chrome! The interior is all original, except for replacing the front seat cover, from sliding my butt in/out of the car! The factory air finally quit, so I need to decide whether to convert it over to R134a or use up my supply of R12, after it's repaired. This has been the best "new" car I've ever had and it's still a blast to drive and profile! The Corvette was a jinx and the Impala had some major issues when it was new. For whatever reason, I couldn't get recent pictures to post with my story.

Brian Price

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