Monday, April 27, 2015

10k: Montel Carlmino: 2004 Chevrolet Monte Carlo Custom

The 6th generation Chevrolet Monte Carlo was indeed an odd duck.  It may have had NASCAR inspired looks but no one was going racing with an underaspirated V6 mated to the front wheels via a 4-speed slushbox.  Of course, there were special editions, the Intimidator, Tony Stewart, Dale Jr, and Pace Car editions -- although all should have been badged as pacemaker editions because only those going blind/deaf would ever consider purchasing such a thing.  Regardless, the boys at GM never created an El Camino edition, so it's been left to the guys with hacksaws and blow torches.  Find this 2004 Chevrolet Monte Carlo Custom El Camino here on eBay currently bidding for $13,200 with 2 days to go, located in Prescott, AZ. Tip from K2.

The Monte Carlo shares the GM W-platform with the Buick Century/Regal, Chevy's Impala, Olds Intrigue, and Pontiac Grand Prix.  The design is dominated by flared wheel arches and long overhangs, but the Lincoln style trunk hump was allegedly added at the bequest of racing teams searching for an aerodynamic advantage on the track.

The El Camino bed looks decently constructed on this custom job, and the seller claims that it was created with (gasp) over $70,000 of somebody's cash.  It sold at Barrett-Jackson for $21,450 in 2006 and is now looking for a new home.

See another El Camino'd oddball?


  1. What is the paint code, Britney Spears toenails?

    I am pretty surprised at the price already.

    1. I think it's "Rainbow Trout".

  2. When I first saw it I thought it might be a Holden. It does look cool and well put together, but the FWD is a deal breaker for me..

  3. Yeah, this is one of those multiple-choice, "For $70K you could federalize a late-model Mideast-market LHD Holden ute with full HSV gubbins, or you could build the nicest LSA-powered '70 El Camino on the road, or you could build this, which one do you NOT do?" questions.

  4. I am shocked that this is worth over $5k to more than one person. 2006 was the peak of the american car market, and this should have at least 75% of its value taken off that $21k selling price.

    1. There's one excuse for something like this: you own a body shop, you need a shop truck, a Monte Carlo comes in with the rear bashed in and after the quote they write a check to the owner and walk away.

      You need a shop truck and you can write off the work as (a) staff training and/or (b) advertising.


      But...why would someone spend real money to buy this thing from you? Maybe there's one guy in the world who wants to put a 4.8 V8 and a Quaifed 4T65 in it (yeah, the blower Buick crew got Quaife to do a diff for the 4T65 for which there ought to be at least one Volvo S80 owner ecstatic), but I can't imagine there's much more than that...

  5. I think it looks better as an "El Camino" than they do as Monte Carlos.

  6. Agree least now it has a dual purpose. As a car it is the worst excuse for four wheels.
    El Monte.

  7. I love it! The day these came out I said they looked more like a pickup truck than a Monte Carlo.Nice to see someone proving me right.

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