Chevrolet Monte Carlo made its debut in 1970 at the height of the Masclet era. It was not just another Chevrolet, but a special offer for customers who wanted a sports car with a high-end coupe that would provide a balance of performance and comfort in a stylish package.
Chevrolet Monte Carlo had six modifications until 2007, when it was withdrawn from production. This two-door stylish car survived most of the competitors, who had long ceased to exist or were converted into a four-door sedan.
The first four generations of the Chevrolet Monte Carlo were equipped with a rear-wheel drive, with a V8 engine (V6 appeared on sale only in 1978). Later, all-wheel drive generations of Monte Carlo began to be produced with smaller engines, which was caused by the ever-increasing need for strict fuel economy due to the consequences of the two energy crises that caused gasoline shortages and sharp price increases in 1973 and 1979.
The first generation Chevrolet Monte Carlo (issue 1970)
Monte Carlo began its existence as an analogue of the Pontiac Grand Prix in the design of M. Elliott Estes, general manager of Chevrolet, and chief stylist - Dave Hols. They modeled the style based on the Cadillac Eldorado, but it's worth noting that most of the structure was taken from the Chevrolet Chevelle (firewall, windshield, rear window). Some modifications of the Chevrolet Monte Carlo in 1972 increased the popularity of the car, and, of course, rose and sold it.
The second generation (issue 1973)
Modified Monte Carlo was released along with other intermediate General Motors. The car no longer had a hard roof. A characteristic feature of the style was the cellular grille of the radiator with the emblem of Monte Carlo. To improve ride and handling, a number of innovations have been introduced, such as standard radial cord tires, rear and front stabilizers. The interior of the car was also completely renovated. Chevrolet Monte Carlo 1973 received the title of "Car of the Year", thanks to an improved design, an emphasis on Eurostyle, smooth running and handling. In addition, Monte Carlo 1973 set a new record sales of Chevrolet (almost 250,000 cars per year).
The third generation (1978 edition)
The model was 300-400 kg lighter and almost 40 cm shorter. Also appeared more space in the trunk. For the first time in several years, a three-speed manual gearbox based on the V6 engine was used as standard equipment.
The Fourth Generation (issue 1981)
The body of the car has acquired a smoother profile, compared to previous models, and new vertical headlights from behind. Front disc brakes and automatic gearbox have become standard equipment.
The fifth generation (issue 1995)
After a six-year hiatus, Monte Carlo was reintroduced in 1995. It was a car with a six-cylinder engine and a front-wheel drive. The fifth generation also enjoyed great popularity, so the production continued.
The Sixth Generation (issue 2000)
On its creation, manufacturers inspired the design of Motorsports GM and the previous model of Monte Carlo. This car had a front-wheel drive and a V6 engine. From the features of previous generations there were traditional rims, taillights and rear bumpers.
Discontinuation of production
Monte Carlo stopped production in the summer of 2007 after an official announcement in February 2007. General Motors issued a statement that in June 2007 the last two Chevrolet Monte Carlo were off the assembly line. One of these cars was saved by GM for its collection. And the second one was auctioned off on August 15.