I had a 69 chevelle malibu, it was my first car. Bought it with paper route money when I was 14. 307/powerglide blew up, too many neutral drops
In went a backyard built 350, I knew everything there was to know about 350 Chevies when I was 17, woo hoo I could beat Mustang 5.0's at the street drags. I sold it like a dumbass a few years later and bought a '84 Honda Accord. The Honda was great, 40 miles per gallon and the oil light would flash when it leaked down to less than 1 quart and needed a refill. Slowest car I ever owned but I could go to Cape-Cod and back on one tank of gas easily. Going to cape in my Malibu took 4 fillups, a carburetor rebuild, a valve adjustment, 2 rear tires and a set of points. I kept a tent, blankets, and 5 days worth of canned/dried food in the trunk whenever I went more than 20 miles from my house. Nicest ride I had was a '72 Olds Cutlass S, it looked like a 442. I bought it from a guy getting divorced, it was a multiple show winner. $900 cash took it away and he gave me $12,000 in receipts. My ex wife wrecked that one along with a number of other vehicles, and I owned a lot. I figured for the price of a new car I could just buy a new used car every 6 months. Here's a partial list: '73 Laguna S-3 454 (swivel bucket seats), '68 El Camino SS396 (real deal), 70 Malibu with SS stripes (clone), 3 '69 Chevelle parts cars that I got running, '74 Dodge Dart Swinger 4 door, 57 Chevy 2 dr. post (my 2 lane blacktop wannabe), 78 Malibu wagon, '79 Chevy Van, '89 K2500, '93 K1500 ex. cab, I love GM vehicles I get to practice my transmission rebuilding skills.