Just like Steve McQueen and Paul Newman before them, there are plenty of contemporary actors in Hollywood who famously possess an immense passion for cars and motorsport. John C. Reilly seemingly isn’t one of these actors.
Outside of his 2006 role in Talladega Nights, Reilly has no publicly-known ties to — or even interest in — the automotive world. The Walk Hard and Step Brothers star did, however, manage to catch the attention of gear heads this week, when it was revealed that his personal ’68 Chevrolet Chevelle Malibu Convertible was hitting the auction block.
Assembled in California, this 1968 Chevrolet Chevelle Malibu convertible was acquired by Reilly in 1992 who purchased it from its previous owner in Pasadena.
Remaining in Southern California in the intervening years, the car was originally finished in a factory coat of Ash Gold, but Reilly had the drop-top repainted in Tripoli Turquoise (another factory shade) in 2000 following some repairs done on the car’s quarter panels.
Riding on 14″ steel wheels with Chevrolet-branded hubcaps, Ironman thin-whitewall tires, and power-assisted drum brakes fore and aft, the exterior of the Chevy features a black soft top, a top boot, chrome bumpers, dual side mirror, and period-correct blue California plates.
Featured in a number of television and film projects — including most recently appearing in HBO’s Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty — this Chevelle Malibu convertible is powered by a 307ci (5.0L) V8 mated to a two-speed Powerglide automatic transmission. Upholstered in black vinyl, the interior boasts front bucket seats and a rear bench seat paired with a color-coordinated dashboard, door panels, and carpeting. Sitting under a collapsable soft-top, the cabin also sports roll-up windows, lap belts, a three-spoke steering wheel, and an Alpine cassette stereo with a six-disc CD changer and a trunk-mounted subwoofer.