Thursday, October 10, 2019

Strangely V8 Powered: 1975 Chevrolet Monza Town Coupe

The Chevrolet Monza (not to be confused with the Opel Monza or the Chevy Corvair Monza)  was released in the 1975 model year as GM's biggest subcompact offering on the H-platform shared with the Vega/Astra/Sunbird/Skyhawk/Starfire.  It was GM's answer to new sporty-ish compact offerings from Ford like the Mustang II, Capri and Dodge's Galant based Colt.  The Monza was actually quite a strong seller, with almost 750,000 examples of the H-body sold in the first 6 years of production, but GM axed entire line in 1980 and replaced it with the wretched J-Body front-drive Cavalier...uggg...those were dark times.  Find this 1975 Chevrolet Monza Town Coupe offered for $4,500 in Concord, CA via craigslist. Tip from FuelTruck.

From the seller:

1975 Chevrolet Monza
fuel: gas
title status: clean
transmission: automatic
1975 Chevy Monza Town coupe 350 V8 automatic transmission. Clean title in hand, registration is current. It’s not in perfect shape but good shape for a 75. Might make a nice drag race car or hotrod possibly a project. 

 See a better way to celebrate Monza Monday?


  1. Pretty cool little car. Too bad about the door speakers and the luggage rack. The 350 cubic inch V-8 with a whopping 125 horsepower was never offered outside of California.

  2. That likely has the 267-ci 110-hp V8, which was a miserable slug of an engine. The 350 was NOT available in Federal-spec cars, either. Have to wonder if the rear two spark plugs are original to the car, as they were nearly impossible to access without significant disassembly in the engine compartment. I remember these from new, and worked in three different GM dealerships in the late '70s. Always liked the styling on these. Notice the grille is different on the coupes versus the fastback cars.

    1. No, this car probably does have the California only 350. The other 49 States and Canada got the 115 horsepower 262 cubic inch V-8. You would have to wait until 1979 for the 267 cubic inch V-8 engine to make it's appearance in Monte Carlos and Camaros .
      Rock On!

    2. Yeah, 262. It was a slug, too.

  3. Had one as a second car in 1984. Sounded good with a manual, but was a complete slug. It was like a Vegan with a different front grill. No utility value to it at all. Uggh

  4. Being a 1975 and no smog, plenty of ways to add power, right? How hard is a manual trans swap? Could make for a really absurd and fun vintage rally car.

  5. GM in the 70's: Make tiny cramped car for fuel economy reasons, then put the Impala's V8 in it.

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