Remember when you could get a Continental Mark II or a first-generation Buick Riviera for not a lot of cash? Those days are long gone, and more than a few experts are predicting that the first-generation Monte Carlo will soon join them. This awesome 1972 Chevrolet Monte Carlo features a built small block V8, beautiful custom paint, and a ton of luxury upgrades that make it the best of ‘70s luxury/muscle.
Like those two cars I mentioned above, the first generation of any luxury/performance coupe tends to be the one people remember, and the Monte Carlo is no exception. This one looks fantastic wearing a custom paint job using House of Kolor Brandywine Metallic. It was surely repainted a few years ago, but considering the challenges of keeping a car like this clean and straight, it looks fantastic! The sleek, unadorned bodywork is an anomaly for the glitzy '70s and nobody will argue that this isn't a great-looking car. Take one glance at the reflections in the paint on this Monte Carlo and you’ll understand how amazing it looks in person. It's not perfect, but a few subtle tweaks, the custom headlights, and no extraneous add-ons make it really stand out. We also like that it wasn't dressed up as a fake SS, so it has the standard-issue grille that's almost delicate in its look, contrasting with the big, heavy chrome bumpers.
With big car comfort, the Monte Carlo was definitely a full-sized luxury machine, although there's a bit of a sporting attitude inside. This one wears custom ostrich skin leather seat covers front and rear, as well as a custom dash pad and door panels that were created to match yet still offer a stock look. The dash was painted to match the bodywork and the round-faced gauges whisper performance, along with a set of auxiliary dials underneath and a tach strapped to the steering column. There's also a custom billet wheel and a B&M shifter for the TH400 3-speed automatic transmission underneath, lending a bit of a racy feel to the cockpit. For entertainment, there's a kickin' stereo system that uses an AM/FM/CD stereo head unit, custom speakers in the door panels, and an amplifier in the trunk to deliver big sound. And speaking of the trunk, it's clean and tidy but just needs some finishing to really make this car shine.
Who needs a big block when you have the nasty 355 cubic inch V8 currently living under the hood of this Monte Carlo? With such goodies as flat-top pistons, double hump heads, a big cam, and roller rockers, this small block runs exceptionally well. The Edelbrock 4-barrel carburetor and Air Gap intake manifold give it good street manners and there's a big radiator up front to keep it cool. A few other race-grade parts include the cog belt drive system for the alternator, the aluminum valve covers, and a set of long-tube headers that help build torque. A heavy-duty TH400 3-speed automatic was standard equipment, as was the 12-bolt out back, which now carries punchy 4.11 gears on a mini spool. A new Flowmaster exhaust system has an aggressive sound to match the nasty powerplant's personality and it sits just right on those chrome Rally wheels and fat Goodyear radials.
Make your move today, because in a few short years, you’re going to look back and remember when Monte Carlos like this were a screaming bargain. Call now!