Iraqi Taxi: 1981 Chevy Malibu In Plain Wrapper

Written by Ken Altes

Anonymous conveyance at N. Lamar Goodwill.  Surprisingly,  one contemporary road test found the Chevrolet Malibu to be comfortable and good handling.  So good that the famous car nut Saddam Hussein ordered 25,500 of them in 1981. Only 13,000, or so were delivered, most used as taxis in Baghdad, the rest were sold at a discount in Canada.  Saddam had decided that his limited funds were better spent buying bombs for Iran. A police package with a 350 cu. in. V8 was built in good numbers. Built from 1978 to 1983, their rear door windows were fixed but the rear corner windows were electrically operated. Had a weird 267 cu. in. small block V8 but could only manage sub-20 MPG, and 14 sec. 0-60 times.1981 Chevrolet Malibu Sedan Austin TX1981 Chevrolet Malibu Sedan Austin Texas1981 Chevrolet Malibu Sedan Austin TX rear

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