I had to write about your recent article on the Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals [“The Greatest Muscle Car Show on Earth,” Mar. 2018], as Robert Schumacher’s 1968 Chevelle Malibu bears a striking resemblance to my 1968 Chevelle 300 two-door post. My brother purchased this car in October 1985, when I first started to drive, for $250 from a private owner. It had 59,000 miles and needed some TLC. It even had the original spiral shocks that I still have in the boxes since I replaced them back then. I restored my Chevelle in 1987 with my dad before he passed away. It now has 69,000 original miles and the original 230 six-cylinder engine and two-speed Powerglide transmission. It has manual steering, manual brakes, and is radio delete.
The original color was Midnight Blue, but I decided to go with 1969 Le Mans
Blue. The headliner and door panels are like new. I covered the seats with seat covers to protect the vinyl seats, and the only tear is in the driver’s seat backrest area. I did put a vacuum gauge where the clock delete plate goes when I was 16 years old back in 1986. I hope to find another delete plate for the clock to change it back. Most people are surprised that I kept the 230 sixcylinder engine, but I prefer originality over hot rodding.