I’ve been looking through the ClassicCars.com Marketplace for some time hoping to find a Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS Aero Coupe to feature as Pick of the Day. I always liked that sloping rear window design, and it didn’t hurt any that I got to watch Dale Earnhardt race one in NASCAR competition.
In the meantime, I think I’ve come up with perhaps the next best thing — the Pontiac version of the car, a 1986 Pontiac Grand Prix 2+2 Aerodynamic Coupe, which is Pontiac’s version of the same General Motors G-body chassis.
Although the private seller of the car says in its advertisement on ClassicCars.com that only 1,229 of the 2+2 Aero coupes were produced for the 1986 model year, The Standard Catalog of American Cars reports the actual number to have been only 200, as needed for NASCAR homologation, and adds that they were sold only by Pontiac dealers in the Southeastern states where NASCAR was most popular.
It also notes that Richard Petty drove such a car in NASCAR races.
Which brings us to the Pick of the Day, which the seller notes is “a great runner and mechanically sound,” adding that “Richard Petty sat in the car and signed the dash of this car when the collection of Pontiac vehicles were features at Indianapolis Motor Speedway”
One of the photos included in the advertisement shows what remains of that signature, and the seller reports having photos of “King Richard” signing the dash panel that day.
The car has a 305cid V8 linked to an automatic transmission. When new, that 5.0-liter powerplant was rated at 150 horsepower and 235 pound-feet of torque with a 4-barrel carburetor.
The transmission would be a 4-speed automatic and the seller reports the car has a 3:73 rear gear, as well as power windows/locks/brakes/steering, tilt steering, air conditioning and cruise control.
The seller also reports the carburetor has been rebuilt and the car has new front brake calipers, pads and seals. It also has a dent in the left-rear bumper.
The car is being offered for $17,995. To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.