350 CID, 2-SPEED POWERGLIDE, FACTORY-ORIGINAL PAINT COLOR, CLASSIC 70'S RIDE!
This 1970 Chevrolet Monte Carlo can probably be credited with re-inventing a whole class of automobile: the personal luxury coupe. Sure, there were upmarket 2-doors before, but not since the Continental Mark II of the mid-50s was there a purely American luxury coupe that had no 4-door equivalent, and that makes the early Monte something special.
Like many muscular Chevys, it has become fashionable to create clones and tribute cars to vehicles that are otherwise impossible to own. However, this is one very honest Monte, nicely refinished with factory colors and specifications that make it a bit more appealing to the purist. Code 45 is shown on the cowl tag, so it was refinished using correct Mist Green, a popular color in 1970 for obvious reasons. The Monte Carlo's styling was a home-run in every possible way, with excellent long nose/short deck proportions and those wonderful creases that defined the sweeping fender lines like the great cars of the 1930s and '40s. Paint and bodywork are quite nice, with the finish duplicated in modern paints, so it's durable as well as shiny. If you look hard, you can probably find a few blemishes here and there, but the overall look is quality. The lack of a vinyl roof makes this Monte look pretty sleek and as you'll note on the cowl tag, that's how it was ordered new. There's not a lot of chrome, but items like the bumpers, grille, and rocker panel moldings are in very good condition, adding a splash of contrast to the flashy Monte Carlo shape.
Even in base form, the handsome interior looked upscale and well-finished, and that's certainly the case with this car today. Dark green upholstery matches the bodywork quite well and shows off a great look that combines new and original components almost seamlessly. Nice pleated seats front and rear offer seating for six in a pinch, and the carpets are in such great shape that they simply must be new. The same goes for the door panels, which look quite authentic, but you're probably not going to find 45-year-old vinyl that nice out in the wild. The instrument panel looks like it could be from a Chevelle SS, which is why so many Monte Carlos are donors for SS clones, but the burled walnut appliques are well-suited to the Monte's upscale mission. It's also nice to see that it hasn't been needlessly "upgraded" over the years and even still carries its factory-issued AM radio. The trunk is in good shape, too, and features a full-sized spare for backup.
The base engine in the Monte Carlo was a 350 cubic inch V8, which should tell you about Chevy's intentions. It's correctly detailed in Chevy Orange with a factory air cleaner and decals, someone obviously went through the engine bay and cleaned everything up. It starts easily and makes the big coupe feel agile out on the road, not ponderous. It's backed by a PowerGlide 2-speed automatic transmission, which was going to be phased out but proves the restorer's dedication to factory stock. It's not perfect and shiny underneath, but this is a good, honest car that still uses a single exhaust and rides on a luxury-oriented suspension. Classic Rally wheels make any car look good but they're especially effective on the Monte Carlo and carry 225/70/15 Uniroyal radials.
The day of the Monte Carlo is coming, and if you want a good one to enjoy while you wait, it's hard to go wrong with one as correct as this. Call today!
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- AM Radio
- Cloth Interior
- Front Disc Brakes
- Power Brakes
- Power Steering
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