The Chevrolet Monte Carlo was produced from 1970 through 2007. Spanning this 17 year range, the Monte Carlo was designed to compete directly with Ford’s wildly popular Thunderbird. All Monte Carlo’s were produced as two door luxury coupes with changes and redesigns in nearly every year of it’s production.
The Monte Carlo was the brain child of Chevrolet’s then general manager, Elliot Estes and leading stylist, Dave Holls. They gave the Monte Carlo it’s bulging fender wells for a more musculature look, hidden windshield wipers which were stylish at the time as well as it’s standard small block V8with a two barrel carburetor
In 1978, in response to the Arab oil embargo, the Monte Carlo was lightened considerably and it lost roughly 800lbs. The engine compartment was also smaller as the 350 and 400 V8s offered in previous years were dropped in favor of a standard 231 CID V6 built by Buick or an optional Chevrolet 305 CID V8.
The Monte Carlo was used extensively in the NASCAR circuit by drivers such as Dale Earnhardt, his son Dale Earnhardt jr and Jeff Gordon. This fame propelled the Monte Carlo into the 21st century and special commemorative packages were offered to bolster sales that had started to slide. These used the popular 3.4 L OHV V6 engine.