If you’re passionate about the art of collecting classic cars, especially those owned and driven by Hollywood A-listers, you’ll be thrilled to know that John C. Reilly’s 1968 Chevrolet Chevelle Malibu Convertible is currently on the market, awaiting a lucky new owner. The Malibu model of the Chevrolet Chevelle holds a special place in automotive history and was the premier offering until 1972. It became the prized possession of John C. Reilly in 1992 when he was just beginning his acting journey. Over the past three decades, Reilly’s love and dedication have breathed new life into this cherished classic.
Reilly had the car restored to its current pristine condition, even opting to have the convertible repainted in Tripoli Turquoise (another factory shade) in 2000, a colour that still graces the car. Moreover, within the past year, the transmission of the convertible underwent a comprehensive overhaul, guaranteeing optimal performance for years to come. The fuel tank and lines, as well as the heater core, were also replaced. With just 46,000 miles gracing its odometer, this remarkable car still has a lot of life left in it and stands as a testament to the enduring quality of this classic beauty.
Cruising on a set of 14″ steel wheels, the Chevy sports a sleek exterior highlighted by its black soft top, top boot, chrome bumpers, and dual side mirrors. Bringing both style and function together, the car features power-assisted disc brakes and rear drums, ensuring confident and reliable braking. Adding a touch of authenticity, the Chevy proudly displays period-correct blue California plates. The interior of this car is quite luxurious and is upholstered in sleek black vinyl.
The front bucket seats and rear bench seats offer a comfortable and inviting seating arrangement, while the colour-coordinated dashboard, door panels, and carpeting add a touch of sophistication. You’ll appreciate the convenience of the roll-up windows and the added safety provided by the lap belts. The three-spoke steering wheel ensures comfortable handling, while the Alpine cassette stereo, complete with a six-disc CD changer and a trunk-mounted subwoofer. Completing the interior is a collapsible soft top, providing versatility and style in equal measure.
This Chevelle Malibu convertible gets all its juice via a 307ci (5.0L) V8, boasting an eye-catching orange hue. The engine is seamlessly paired to a two-speed Powerglide automatic transmission, ensuring smooth and effortless gear shifts. Notably, this convertible car has made appearances in various TV and film projects, with its most recent role in HBO’s Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty, starring Reilly himself, who took on a prominent role as Jerry Buss, the owner of the Los Angeles Lakers.
If you’re feeling ready to part with your hard-earned cash, then Reilly’s spectacular 1968 Chevrolet Chevelle Malibu Convertible is now up for grabs on Bring a Trailer, located in Santa Clarita, California, a short distance north of the bustling city of Los Angeles. As of writing, the bidding has already skyrocketed to USD$29,000 (AUD$43400), and with five days left in the sale, it’s anyone’s guess where the bidding war will take us.
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