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1979 Chevrolet Monza

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General Overview

The Chevrolet Monza was a subcompact, four-passenger automobile produced by the Chevrolet division of General Motors for the 1975–1980 model years.

The Monza is based on the Chevrolet Vega, sharing its wheelbase, width and 140 CID inline-4 engine.

The 1979 Chevrolet Monza lineup contained only four models. Added standard equipment for 1979 included an AM radio, tinted glass, body side moldings, and sport steering wheel. Only one Monza model kept the sloped Euro-look front end, the 2+2 Sport hatchback. Others had a freshened grille.

A more-potent standard 151-cubic-inch four-cylinder with a redesigned cross-flow cylinder head and two-barrel carburetor developed 90-horsepower, five more than in 1978. Three optional engines were available: the 105-horsepower 196-cubic-inch V-6, 115-horsepower 231 V-6, or 130-horsepower 305 V-8. Discontinued at the end of the 1979 model year were the Monza wagon, the 196 CID V6 and the 305 CI V8.

The Spyder performance package cost $164.00, the Spyder appearance package added $231.00. All Monzas had a color-keyed instrument panel, and all except the base coupe had a center console.

Sales, however, climbed to nearly 164,000 cars, compared with 138,832. The 1979 Chevrolet Monza continued to appeal to first-time car buyers in particular, thanks to prices starting at a reasonable $3,850.

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Engine 0 to 60 MPH Quarter Mile Source
151ci 13.7 sec 19.7 @ 71mph Simulation
196ci 11.8 sec 18.7 @ 74mph Simulation
231ci 10.3 sec 17.8 @ 76mph Simulation
305ci 10.7 sec 18.0 @ 76mph Simulation


Available Engines:
151ci 151ci 1x2bbl 90hp 128 lb-ft
156ci 156ci 1x2bbl 105hp 160 lb-ft
231ci 231ci 1x2bbl 115hp 190 lb-ft
305ci 305ci 1x2bbl 130hp 245 lb-ft
Available Transmissions:
  • 3-Speed Automatic
  • 4-Speed Manual
  • 5-Speed Manual

Factory Exterior Colors

  • Classic White
  • White
  • Silver
  • Gray
  • Pastel Blue
  • Light Blue
  • Bright Blue
  • Front Blue
  • Caramel Firemist
  • Dark Red
  • Medium Blue
  • Medium Beige
  • Beige
  • Oyster White
  • Pastel Green
  • Dark Aqua
  • Medium Green
  • Indy Silver
  • Blackwatch Green
  • Special Edition Gold
  • Bright Yellow
  • Yellow
  • Light Yellow
  • Gold
  • Burnished Gold
  • Dark Green
  • Frost Beige
  • Medium Beige
  • Pastel Beige
  • Camel
  • Dark Blue

Factory Interior Colors

  • White
  • Oyster White
  • Blue
  • Light Blue
  • Dark Blue
  • Midnight Blue
  • DoeSkin
  • Saddle
  • Camel Tan
  • Dark Camel Tanel
  • Dark Gold
  • Dark Brown
  • Light Gray
  • Slate Gray
  • Dark Gray
  • Dark Slate Gray
  • Dark Aqua
  • Dark William Green
  • Dark Cedar
  • Dark Carmine
  • Medium Red
  • Light Yellow
  • Yellow
  • Dark Yellow

Production Numbers

  • Monza
    Total productions 163,833

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