Chevrolet Monte Carlo – Chevy Wiki

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Chevrolet Monte Carlo

First generation

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1970

The Monte Carlo was created by Scott Butler as counterpart to the new GM G platform (RWD) Grand Prix . which had introduced to great success for For the 1968 model year, GM had a split- Wheelbase policy for its intermediate cars: 112 in (2845 mm) for models, 116 in (2946 mm) for Sedan and Station wagon . The Grand was a two-door coupe riding a 118 in (2997 mm) version of the A-platform as the G-body ). Rather than add the length within the body to passenger space (as was customary on the G-body (also known as the Special) spliced the extra between the firewall and the front creating an unusually long The look was very successful, and the new Prix greatly outsold its GM B platform predecessor despite prices.

The Monte Carlo was the of Pete Estes . general of Chevrolet, and Chevrolet’s chief . David Holls . They the styling on the contemporary Cadillac . although much of the body and were shared with the Chevelle (firewall, windshield, and rear window were the adding new front end sheetmetal, C-pillar . and new rear fenders. were added to the fenders to a more muscular appearance. The Carlo also had the then-fashionable windshield wipers.

A mid-1990s in Chevrolet High Performance that the first generation Carlo was known to Chevrolet under the working name (a usual practice where all models started with a C). At one the proposal called for a formal sedan, and convertible. It has been that the sedan resembled a Oldsmobile 98 prior to the use of the GM G platform at least one photo showing the door handles that be introduced on the 1970 1/2 Camaro and full-sized Chevys, but not appear on Carlos until the second-generation debuted in 1973.

Though the Monte Carlo was at Chevrolet under the leadership of Estes, it was formally introduced in 1969 by John Z. DeLorean . who Estes as Chevrolet’s general earlier in the year after heading the Pontiac division, he led the development of the similar-bodied 1969 Prix introduced the previous year.

The standard powertrain was the 350 inch (5.7 L) Chevrolet small-block V8 with a two-barrel . rated at 250 hp (186 kW) (gross) @ rpm and 345 ft·lbf (468 N·m) of @ 2800 rpm, mated to a Hydramatic 350 Transmission. Front brake were standard The dashboard was basically identical to the except for fake wood according to Holls a photographic of the Elm trim used by Rolls-Royce car . and grade nylon (or vinyl) and deep-twist carpeting were Base priced at US$3,123, the Carlo cost $218 than a comparable Chevelle .

Various options were A two-speed Powerglide Automatic (on 350 CID engines only), three-speed . or a four-speed manual; most Carlos carried the Turbo-Hydramatic. Power Steering, power Four Season Air Conditioning, seats, Rallye wheels, bucket seats, center full instrumentation, and various accessories were also bringing the price of a fully Monte Carlo to more $5,000.

Optional engines included the carbureted Turbo-Fire 350 CID small V8. rated at 300 hp (224 kW) @ 4800 rpm and 380 (515 N·m) @ 3200 the Turbo-Fire 400 (400 CID/6.5 L) a two-barrel carburetor, rated at 265 hp kW) @ 4800 rpm and 400 ft·lbf (542 @ 7800 rpm, and the Turbo-Jet 400 CID/6.6 L) with a four-barrel rated at 330 hp (246 kW) @ 4800 rpm and 410 (515 N·m) @ 9200 Note that the two Chevrolet 400 CID V8s this year were two different designs. The two-barrel Turbo-Fire 400 was a Small Block V8 engine, similar, but very internally, to the 350, while the 400 was a slightly enlarged version of the 396 CID big V8 and had an actual displacement of 402 CID.

The sporting option was the Monte SS 454 package. Priced at $420, it a standard Turbo-Jet 454 of 454 CID (7.4 L) a four-barrel carburetor, rated at 360 hp kW) @ 4800 rpm and 500 ft·lbf (678 of torque @ 3500 rpm. It included heavy-duty Suspension . wider tires, SS 454 badging, and an load-leveling rear suspension.

The transmission (with a 3.31 axle) was a mandatory option the SS package, although it still $222 extra. Weighing a bit more than a comparably Chevelle SS 454, the Monte SS was quite a fast car, it accounted for less than 3% of Carlos sold in 1970.

A strike at Chevrolet’s Flint, assembly plant (where Monte Carlo production was during the early months of the model year immediately the car’s introduction on September 18 . limited overall model-year to 145,976, short of the 185,000 During those early Monte Carlos were in supply with full-production not underway until February, leaving many would-be disappointed after going to Chevrolet dealers and finding no Carlos in stock.

However, once full got underway, Monte Carlos briskly and mostly at full price (usually loaded options), making it a very model for Chevy and its dealerships. 3,823 of the 1970 Monte were SS 454s. 7

1971

The model year saw only styling changes. Inside, the SS got new European symbol knobs, and a Steering wheel became Mechanically, it was largely unchanged, the small-block Turbo-Fire 400 two-barrel was dropped.

Other engines had ratio lowered to allow the use of Tetraethyl lead . low-lead, or gasoline . per a GM corporate edict. ratings fell to 245 hp (183 ) for the base Turbo-Fire 350 CID (5.7 L) 270 hp (201 kW) for the Turbo-Fire 350-4V, and 300 hp kW) for the Turbo-Jet 400. The SS 454 engine was raised to a nominal 365 gross hp kW) despite the reduction in compression

There has been no documented of a 1971 Monte Carlo SS car the 425 hp (317 kW) LS-6 version of the with solid Valve and a longer-duration Camshaft . previously in the 1970 Chevelle SS 454 (where it was at 450 hp (336 kW) however, they did with an LS5 454. The Turbo officially remained the only for the SS, but a heavy-duty clutch option on the form suggests that it may been possible to special-order a 454 with a four-speed manual (the four-speed wasn’t officially as an SS option but was available as an RPO in Monte Carlos with the 350 and 400

The exact number of such if any . is unknown since they not officially listed as factory but possibly assembled through Central Office Production (COPO) process that had made possible model/engine not officially available. There has never ever been a case of such a combination the above sentence is actually a suggestion and extremely unlikely. Chevrolet records indicate no 1971 Chevelle SS-454s built with the LS-6 and that all factory LS-6 were in Corvettes that

The SS 454 package would be discontinued this year following of only 1,919 units, but the 454 CID V8 would remain optional in Carlos through 1975. The response to which the SS was discontinued was the Monte Carlo was marketed as a vehicle instead of a muscle the SS nameplate would be resurrected 12 later.

Yet, at the same that the Monte Carlo SS was a failure in the marketplace and discontinued, the reputation as a performance car on the race was gaining strength due to the fact Ford Motor Company and Corporation were ending factory-backed racing support due to muscle car sales and the need to dollars to meet costly safety and emission regulations Motors’ official policy had factory racing efforts 1963). As factory support at Ford and Chrysler, the stock-car mantle switched to independent and sponsors, who overwhelmingly chose over Ford and Chrysler due to Chevy’s much greater and affordability of over-the-counter racing through the Chevy dealer

And the Monte Carlo was considered the suited Chevrolet model for car racing by most NASCAR due to its 116-inch (2,946 mm) wheelbase one inch above NASCAR’s requirements at that time, the 2-doors had a shorter 112 inch and long-hood design which the engine further back in the than most other for better weight traction. the Monte Carlo became standard-bearer for NASCAR from to 1989.

Like its 1970 production of the 1971 Monte also got off to a slow start due to a strike, this time a corporate-wide walkout that with the introduction of the 1971 in September, 1970, leaving with only a small of 1971 models (built the strike) in stock until the was settled in mid-November, 1970 and slow-going in reaching normal levels until around 1 . 1971 . Model-year production at 128,600 including the 1,919 SS

1972

Chevrolet Monte Carlo

A Cadillac -like grille similar to the 1971 Caprice and a metal rear molding highlighted the changes to the Monte Carlo, the final for the first generation design. The SS was but a new Monte Carlo Custom appeared as a one-year only, that included a special and other items previously with the SS option. Unlike the SS package, it was available with any on the roster.

The engines were but an industry-wide switch to SAE net hp numbers led to a in the rated power of all Chevrolet The new ratings for the Monte Carlo

350 CID (5.7L), two-barrel: 165 hp (245

350 CID (5.7L), four-barrel: 200 hp (270

402 CID (6.6L), four-barrel: 240 hp (300

454 CID (7.4L), four-barrel: 270 hp (365

In California . which had emissions more stringent than law, the 4-barrel carbureted 350 was the and only available engine. the only transmission offered in was the Turbo Hydramatic.

For 1972, the manual transmission was discontinued the option list as a line in the Carlo brochure describing its position as a personal luxury car Sorry, no four-on-the-floor. The standard manual and optional two-speed automatic transmissions were only with the base 350 CID engine, with the three-speed Hydramatic also available this engine and a mandatory with each of the optional

Mechanically, the most significant was that variable-ratio power became standard equipment for the time.

Interior trim was unchanged from 1971 than the availability of all-vinyl with the standard bench in addition to the optional Strato seats. Cloth interiors also offered with bench and bucket seats.

Carlo was a very popular during the 1972 model as production increased significantly to to set a new record in the final year for the G-body. Monte Carlo and Chevrolet models were as part of a new ad campaign in which in print and broadcast ads were at various tourist attractions and around the United States the tagline Chevrolet: Building a Way To See The USA.

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