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Schwartz Performance: 1967 Chevrolet Malibu

Schwartz Performance (SP) was founded in Crystal Lake, Illinois, on the premise that race car performance can be had with street car convenience, reliability, and comfort. Jeff Schwartz has an extensive career in machining, manufacturing and designing, along with a career in racing motocross bikes, road racing bikes, and various race cars from front-wheel drive sport compacts to V8-powered GT1 Corvettes and IMSA Camaros. As industry technologies evolved, Jeff realized that race car performance no longer required an uncomfortable feel - an idea he proved building a 1982 Cadillac Fleetwood Brougham, which won Car Craft Magazine’s 2002 Real Street Eliminator competition. Jeff’s products always surpass conventional expectations. His unyielding passion for blending modern technology with classic style is the driving force behind Schwartz Performance.

Schwartz Performance claims the ’67 Malibu it’s bringing to the PRO BILDER SHOOT-OUT will top 200 mph, judging by the build info they sent over – we’re not surprised. The Chevy is packed with a 509 ci big-block engine from Nelson Racing, stuffed with a GM forged crankshaft and low 9:1 compression. Up top sits a Nelson Billet Anteater intake, while a pair of aluminum Dart Pro 1 heads let the motor breathe. Feeding compressed air into the cylinders are a set of twin, 70mm turbochargers. Bowler Transmission was the go-to for this powerhouse, SP installed a 4L85E compushift-controlled transmission to take care of the shifting. Spent fumes are sent through a set of Nelson Racing headers into dual, 3-inch stainless steel SP pipes that hook-up to SLP mufflers.

Schwartz claims the car houses 1,800 hp.; with twin turbos that big, we don’t doubt that statistic. The chassis is a bolt-in G-machine custom made by SP, the front and rear springs are Ridetech’s, while suspension is built in-house by SP. Hidden behind 18-inch Rushforth wheels are 14-inch Baer 6S, cross-drilled rotors all around. Hugging the metal are Mickey Thompson drag radials, P275/35/18 upfront and P345/30/18 in the rear. The body is a smooth black, with a mostly stock interior. We’re fans of the clean look on this Malibu; it’s keeping things simple while making loads of power.

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