I was lucky enough to catch this 1972 Malibu in the parking lot today while I was test riding a bike. It was obviously a driver rather than a show car, but it's really eye-catching. This appears to be an SS model, and it says 350 on the fender. That engine was rated at only 175 horsepower (all engine ratings went down in 72 because the rules went from gross ratings to net ratings, even if the power was unchanged) I have no doubt that it started out as a regular 350, but the raised cowl hood says there's probably more under there.
The green was quite fetching, and the mag wheels are the perfect style and compliment to the car.
Pretty good lines all the way around. And the bumpers were top notch, too. I spied the interior and noticed the column shifter, so it's an automatic for sure. It has some classic plates, too.
All in all, it was a very pleasant surprise. A little while later, I heard it rumble away and there isn't much chance of it having the stock 350!