’88 Monte Carlo is slightly updated survivor

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A survivor car with interesting options and modifications is the Pick of the Day, a 1988 Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS. 

According to the advertisement placed on ClassicCars.com by the private seller, the car was purchased new by a woman in Minnesota who gave it to her son 10 years later and was purchased by the seller from the son in the summer of 2014.

“Options wise it is an oddity,” the seller notes. “It came with a Minnesota Specific Base option” that includes all-season tires, engine block heater, and larger coolant and washer tanks. 

But it also came with the SS package with V8 engine (a 305cid was standard with the SS), posi-traction rear, bench seat and a column-shifted automatic transmission.

Post-delivery, the car was equipped with QA1 coil-over front and rear suspension with Belltech spindles and with aftermarket wheels and tires. The factory original wheels have been retained in case a buyer wants to restore the as-was appearance. The car also has a Sony aftermarket radio, but the original has been retained and still works, the seller adds.

Since buying the car, the seller has converted the air-conditioning system to R134, rebuilt the carburetor, added a new Optima RedTop battery, replaced a rock-damaged windshield and replaced the muffler and tailpipes, according to the ad.

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Seemingly every feature works except for the cigarette lighter and windshield squirters. 

The seller reports that the interior is unfaded, engine is solid, driveshaft U joints have been replaced and a new rear output bushing has been installed to fix a small transmission vibration. “Car rides, handles and feels like new still.”

The paint is 30 years old but shines well, the seller says. 

The original owner drove the car 19,000 miles and the car had 42,000 on its odometer when he purchased it, the seller says.  It currently shows 47,800. The plan at purchase was to do an LS engine swap and make the car an autocrosser. However, “I just couldn’t bring myself to the point of beginning to cut into such a nice car.”

The car is located in Wyoming, Minnesota, and is for sale for $11,500.

To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.

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A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

7 COMMENTS

  1. All the upgrades on the Monte Carlo actually make it a real Hot Rod only change i wwould make is short stack electonic fuel injection

  2. I hate the look of GM cars with that maroon interior from that era. They made way too many with that funky color and I still hate that color because it looks cheap and doesn’t always match the exterior. If it’s a firethorn exterior, yea, I get it, however they should have used blue, white or black more often. Black in this case.

  3. The Monte Carlo SS was a car I always thought desperately needed a 350 TPI and a manual transmission. This is one of those cars that had a chassis with far more potential than GM was ever willing to extract from it out of fear that it might disrupt sales of their precious baby, the Corvette! And in the late 1980’s the Corvette was basically on life support anyway; had been for over a decade.

  4. I have an 87 ss with 55000 original miles. Updated to a 355 aluminum heads 572 voodoo cam Keith black pistons gear drive shorty headers with 3.5in exhaust with flowmasters

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