MALIBU Anyone with rare or unusual factory options? How about highly optioned cars?

O. D. Showtime

O. D. Showtime

Comic Book Super Hero
Feb 6, 2009
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Regina Sask. Canada
#41
Here's my wagon:
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Why is it odd?

It's a 1980 Malibu Classic with all the chrome trim.

But everything else is pretty bare bones: 229 V6, Factory 3 Speed manual, no A/C, no power windows, no power door locks, AM/FM radio, no tach. Supposedly it was special ordered by the original owner, I bought it from his son.

One thing I can't figure out. Has my gauge cluster been swapped out or is this an unusual enough setup that GM didn't bother to make a version of this dash without "PRNDL" on it?

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I think all the speedos got the indicators, normally the standard shift cars got a block off plate to cover them.
 
gnvair

gnvair

Master Mechanic
Sep 1, 2018
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Southern New Jersey near Philly
#42
Here's my wagon:
87141-8e63135b84d846fb7b6547345bf9d382.jpg


Why is it odd?

It's a 1980 Malibu Classic with all the chrome trim.

But everything else is pretty bare bones: 229 V6, Factory 3 Speed manual, no A/C, no power windows, no power door locks, AM/FM radio, no tach. Supposedly it was special ordered by the original owner, I bought it from his son.

One thing I can't figure out. Has my gauge cluster been swapped out or is this an unusual enough setup that GM didn't bother to make a version of this dash without "PRNDL" on it?

View attachment 111340
That's not a special ordered car. That is a standard car. The 3 speed manual was the standard transmission on the 78-81 V6 A bodies. It means no one ordered the extra cost automatic transmission. The am/FM radio was an option and the gauge package with the full-size clock was another option. Stick shift cars did not always come with a tach and a vast majority of them didn't have the tach.
 
Gr8regal

Gr8regal

n00b
Dec 24, 2018
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#43
1987 Monte Carlo SS Aerocoupe Black with Gold stripes, Bench seat and column shift. Camel interior.
 
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2ss1983

Not-quite-so-new-guy
Jan 3, 2019
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#44
Well my first 1983 SS Monte Carlo has no special options. I did find the build sheet in the car. And it did have a 342 limited slip rear end. I have read an 1983 did not come with a limited slip rear end. My second 1983 SS Monte Carlo has a few options and I have the build sheets for it too, No limited slip rear end though. I miss circling that SS on asphalt. Anyhow they just sit in the garage waiting.
 
gnvair

gnvair

Master Mechanic
Sep 1, 2018
252
164
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Southern New Jersey near Philly
#45
Cars with no options are cars with no options. There were lots of A/G bodies made without options. When I made this post I meant options like the steel sun roof on the 78-79 models or factory 4 speeds or 9C1 cars.
 

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