Photos by Larry D’Argis / Winnipeg Free Press
Potentate Illus. Sir Doug McKechnie showcases the 1972 Chevelle Malibu SS convertible the Shriners are raffling off to raise funds in support of the group’s work with children.
Chevrolet introduced the new intermediate Chevelle in 1964. Sized between the compact Chevy II and the full-size Chevrolet, it offered the growing youth market and small families a mid-size option at a mid-size price.
Available as a two- or four-door sedan, two door sport coupe or convertible and two or four door station-wagon, there was a Chevelle model to meet any buyer’s needs. The sedan and coupe models came with a generous trunk and seating for as many as six passengers, along with Chevrolet’s full range of optional equipment.
The sporty Malibu SS came in a coupe or convertible model and offered the same super sport equipment found on the full-size models. Bucket seats, centre console and a wide range of engine and transmission options gave it a real performance persona.
For several years, Winnipeg’s Khartum Shriners have held their annual draw, which normally features a car, truck or motorcycle as a prize. Potentate Illus. Sir Doug McKechnie alluded to the success they had last year with the 1966 Mustang convertible, so much so they looked for a similar vehicle for this year’s draw.
The Vintage Car Club at the Khartum Shriners has been hard at work since spring on the raffle that is offering this classic 1972 Chevelle Malibu SS convertible in hopes of raising funds for their day-to-day general operations to further support their work with children. This year, the 2019 Khartum Shriners Annual Fundraiser and its car club volunteers have been making the Chevelle convertible available at automotive events in and around the Winnipeg area as they sell tickets for the raffle.
Finished in Sunflower Yellow with black stripes and black convertible top, it really is a looker. The black interior boasts bucket seats and centre console along with full AutoMeter gauges and JVC stereo. Optional equipment abounds on this classic, with power steering, four-wheel power disc brakes, cowl induction hood, power top and tinted glass.
Under the hood of this rare Malibu SS is where things get interesting. The original 350 V-8 was completely rebuilt with a stroker kit that takes the engine out to 383 cubic inches, thanks to the addition of a crankshaft from a 400-cubic-inch V-8. Fitted with an Edelbrock aluminum intake manifold, Holley four-barrel carburetor and headers with a full custom dual exhaust system, it’s ready to roll.
Rated at 435 horsepower and backed by a Turbo 350 three-speed automatic transmission and posi-traction rear axle, it’s got the muscle to match its looks. Further popping its looks is the addition of 17-inch RT-5 five-spoke wheels turning Nexen performance radial tires. With only 2,900 kilometres on the car since its full rotisserie build, it’s basically a new vehicle. And with the upgrades to enhance performance and driveability, it’s like no other out there.
Car raffle chairman and past-potentate illus. sir Rick Holberg says, “So far, ticket sales have been going quite well and we’re thankful to all the people who have supported this raffle and wish everyone luck.”
With only 4,500 tickets printed and selling for $40 each, this may just be the most economical way to get into cruising in a classic vehicle. Valued at more than $46,000, this year the final draw is slated for Oct. 25. But if tickets sell out, an early draw date of Aug. 29 has been chosen to find the lucky winner. Along with its present appearance at the Chamois car wash location on St. James Street, you’ll find the Malibu SS at the upcoming Morden Corn & Apple Show & Shine on Aug. 25.
The kicker to this draw is that the winner will be truly getting into a rare classic vehicle: 1972 was the final year of production for the mid-size Chevelle convertible, with only 4,853 produced. With time taking its toll, the estimate is that less than 20 per cent of them have survived.
Look for the Chevelle SS and the Khartum Shriners’ display at local automotive events, or stop in at the Shrine Centre located at 1155 Wilkes Ave. You can also call 204-925-1430 to purchase tickets. You never know, with just one ticket, you could be cruising in your own Chevelle Malibu SS convertible.
Larry D’Argis / Winnipeg Free Press
Larry D’Argis / Winnipeg Free Press