Friday, September 14, 2018

Best of the Rest: 1975 Chevrolet Monza

The Chevrolet Monza (not to be confused with the Opel Monza or the Chevy Corvair Monza) was released for the 1975 model year as GM's last rear-drive subcompact offering on the H-platform shared with the Vega/Astra/Sunbird/Skyhawk/Starfire.  It was GM's answer to new sporty compact offerings from Ford like the Mustang II and featured the dreaded trifecta of crusher-magnet attributes -- flimsy rust-prone thin sheet metal, anemic 4-banger power, and cracker-jack box build quality...but the examples that have survived to this day must be the best of the breed. Those cars have survived the years and in the unique twist of Darwinian fate, they are probably better than the overpriced competition from German and Japan.  Find this 1975 Chevrolet Monza offered for $2000 in Medford...ummm...where the monza is Medford? CT? OH? MD? I seriously don't know. Gotta google it.  Hang on....yup, OR.  Was totally wrong.  Seriously craigslist needs to add a state indicator on their pages. Tip from Evan.



 From the seller:
1975 Chevy monza 
fuel: gas 
title status: clean 
transmission: automatic 
1975 chevy monza 2+2 body in good shape, interior is in really good shape, has stock sbc. Car has been sitting for a long time ran when parked. $2000 could be a really nice stock car or a nice race car



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12 comments:

  1. Race car? Zoom Zoom. Iwon't comment on the car, because I'm trying to be nice today. Just click on the "Medford" and you will bring up a list of nearby locations.

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    1. You can also zoom out on the map on the ad to show it is Oregon.

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  2. A sad little car in a sad little town.

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  3. Judging by the marks on the driveway the car does nice burn outs. An added bonus is that the hood is already cut out for your future supercharger or tunnel ram set up.

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    1. Isn't the track width on the 'burn outs' a little wider than the Monza? Jus' askin'.

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  4. If this interior is "in really good shape" I doubt I want to see bad shape...

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  5. Yes! You guys can hate on this all you want but let's compare it to anything else the Big Three were selling at the time. IMHO they looked good new and have aged well. Medford may not be the greatest place on the planet but taken as part of the Rogue Valley it's a rather nice place to be.

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  6. I came here to say this
    [image src="http://www.scharch.org/Cars/Monza_Racecars/Monza-DeKon_1003/Monza-DeKon1003_1976-05-02_Keyser_LSeca-04.jpg" width="400px"/]

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    1. I know that car.

      http://www.scharch.org/Cars/Monza_Racecars/Cars_MonzaDeKon1003.htm

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  7. The red car above has a good price, but for not too much more (and way fewer headaches), you'd be smart to drive 30 miles west and get this one instead:

    Holy Geez I want this badass Monza!

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    1. Wow thats a nice car for $6000. I always wanted one of those when I was younger. I recall that you had to lift the engine to change one of the spark plugs but platinum plugs would minimize that problem.

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    2. The monza was intended to be powered by the GM rotary engine, and the engine compartment was I little tight for the engines it eventually received.

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