A Crumbly Colonnade
Then you have cars like the baby blue 1975 Chevrolet Malibu Classic that Sarah & I came across yesterday that shows well from the street, and upon closer inspection shows the tragic trace of the tin worm.
I know, it doesn't look that bad, right? Heck, you can still see shine on that paint, the chrome bumper and grille look great and its even got rally wheels. This baby's a cream puff! Let's take a closer look and you'll see the rust-out is pretty serious and would likely require a full replacement of the quarter panels. The rear bumper is also rusted through, but the thin chrome plating is still shiny! Its better than some of the similar 'mailaise era' cars where the rear bumpers & hardware rusted through and fell off.
Sure this Chevelle is rusty and who knows what the undercarriage looks like, but its still a great candidate for a light restoration. Why is this car worth saving? Because you don't see nice examples, even in warmer rust-free climates. Plus this car has original features that prove its never been apart.
1. Original equipment Guide "Power Beam" headlamps in both sides.
2. All of the urethane bumper filler strips are still intact. Many have crumbled and disappeared by now.
3. The interior is clean, and the OEM Delco radio remains in the dash. This hasn't been chopped up.
4. The car retains its original dealer sticker from Wight Chevrolet in Williamsfield, Illinois. This dealership still exists, and may even have some paperwork for the car.
5. It just looks mean.