Hemmings Find of the Day – 1980 Chevrolet Malibu M80
Aug 22nd, 2014
In an effort to drum up interest in its fourth-generation Malibu among Southern buyers, Chevrolet launched a special “M80” edition of the car in 1980 that borrowed styling cues from muscle cars of a bygone era. Available only in white with blue skunk stripes and side graphics, the 1980 Chevrolet Malibu M80, like this example for sale on Hemmings.com, also sported a front air dam, a rear trunk lid spoiler and steel alloy wheels shod with raised white letter tires. If that was the good news, here was the bad: Under the hood was the exact same 305-cu.in. V-8 that was an available option in the rest of the Malibu lineup, producing just 155 horsepower (although the seller, citing Wikipedia, claims an output of 140 horsepower). What the M80 lacked in output, it made up for in exclusivity, as only 1,901 were assembled, and this example was reportedly restored by a GM engineer in 1999.