This ClassicCars.com Marketplace featured listing is a 1972 Chevrolet Monte Carlo for sale in Columbus, Texas. While the Monte Carlo was a deviation from the muscle cars that came before it, this one celebrates an era of power.
There was a time where muscle cars roamed the earth in abundance. AMC, Chrysler, Ford and GM offered their versions of a similar theme. Each trying to out-sell the other. Then, like the dinosaurs, it all came to an end, albeit not as abruptly or with as much devastation.
In the early 1970s, the OEMs new the end was near. Safety and EPA standards raised the bar higher, and as a result the compression dropped in most of the powerful motors. The lead was banned from fuel, which kept engines from prematurely detonating. The other solution was lower compression ratios, and that in turn resulted in less power under the hood. The base 350 cubic-inch motor could only net 165 horsepower with a two-barrel carb, and 175 with a four-barrel.
GM saw the writing on the wall. In an effort to deal with this, they shifted the conversation from muscle cars to a luxury oriented intermediate size car. Now, this didn’t mean boring, but year after year the engine options and power seemed to fall. Pontiac came to market with the Grand Prix. This put the emphasis on design, and less on horsepower. And, it was John Z. DeLorean that headed up Pontiac styling at the time.
The Chevrolet Monte Carlo was introduced to the market in September 18, 1969 as a 1970 model. While didn’t meet sales goals due to a production strike, it still managed to sell 159, 341, just about 20K off of the target. Nevertheless, this showed the public would bite on this new direction GM was taking.
This A-Body, body on frame, layout was not utilizing the unibody engineering. As a result, this was a heavier car. This wasn’t of importance initially, but by 1973 we had an oil crisis on our hands in America. Now, one would think that this deterred sales, but that would be incorrect. The Chevrolet Monte Carlo was extremely popular and sold a record 180,819 in 1972, and nearly 250,000 units in 1973. Even with record high gas prices in 1974, this Chevy model sold over 300,000 for the year.
This 1972 Chevrolet Monte Carlo is remarkable. This is a take no prisoners approach to a restoration / modification. This has a frame-off restoration and a new LS3 engine with 500-horsepower connected to a new 4L80E automatic transmission.
Also included is a front coil-overs with custom A-arms, air shocks in the rear, new aluminum radiator, custom stainless-steel exhaust, all new wiring front to back, all circuits wired with relays from two main 12-volt power points front and back, plus custom wheels. This features leather bucket seats with a horseshoe shifter. This also has A/C, power steering, power disc brakes, tilt wheel, power windows, electronic ignition, Bluetooth/XM stereo radio. And, the list goes on and on.
This is just a two-owner car and was cared for. It can be driven from one end of the country to the other without failing, as the current owner has done so twice. The best part about this 1972 isn’t that it’s a wonderful luxury car or a strong muscle car… it’s both!
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