A long wheelbase, V8 or V12 (or W12) power, front engine/rear drive configuration, a firm but compliant suspension and four comfy seats inside. That, ladies and gentlemen, is the recipe for any good grand touring car.

This week on /BIG MUSCLE: Modern cars like the Mercedes-Benz CL63, BMW M6 and Bentley Continental GT are modern examples of GT prowess. How can a 1966 Chevrolet Chevelle Malibu fit into that rarified category? Rolling off the line in 1966 this second-generation Chevelle was little more than a mid-priced, nicely appointed people mover with modern-minimalist, three-box styling. A more archetypical American middle-class chariot, there was not.

Some 47 years later, owner Enzo Morales has transformed this particular '66 into a thoroughly modern GT that's just as happy running the super-slab at triple digits as it is carving up your favorite back road. How did that happen? Press play.