Hear “Chevrolet Monza” and you likely think of the sporty version of the rear-engine Corvair model from the 1960s. But Chevrolet resurrected the Monza nameplate in the mid-1970s for a Vega-based subcompact that had an engine bay large enough to fit a small-block V8.
Not only could this Monza carry a V8, but the car’s fastback body reminded a lot of people of the Ferrari GTC-4. The Standard Catalog of American Cars termed it “an uncanny resemblance.”
With its Italian looks and V8 power, the Monza became popular with sports car racers on a budget. One of those vehicles, a 1980 Chevrolet Monza 2+2 resto-mod, is being advertised on ClassicCars.com by a dealership in St. Louis and is the Pick of the Day.
By the way, the Monza originally was designed to carry a Wankel rotary engine and was going to be labeled as the Chaparral, but the engine wasn’t ready for prime time so an inline-4 became the standard powertrain in a car that shared its body design with Buick’s Skyhawk, Oldsmobile’s Starfire and Pontiac’s Sunbird.
The Pick of the Day is reported to be a one-owner car originally purchased at Anthony Chevrolet in St. Louis and is one of only 7,589 Monza Spyders produced with a 350cid V8 engine and 3-speed automatic transmission. Spyders got special appearance features.
The dealer says the car has been “lightly” resto-modded.
The car, which has a factory sunroof, rides on Galaxy R1 VITour radials mounted on American Racing alloy wheels. The engine has some chromed parts, a PowerMaster alternator and MSD ignition and distributor, aftermarket steering wheel AutoMeter gauges, B&M shifter and Alpine AM/FM with CD player.