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Pick of the Day: 1977 Chevrolet Monte Carlo

Restored in the 1990s and still looking fresh


We recently observed Friday the 13th which is often viewed as an unlucky day. Perhaps we can make up for that by shifting focus to the number 7, which is perceived to be of particularly good fortune. Better yet, let’s make it 77.

The Pick of the Day is a 1977 Chevrolet Monte Carlo listed for sale on by a private seller in Pacifica, California. (Click the link to view the listing)

“Bought in 1980 from original owner, completely restored it in 1996 with a new engine, new paint, reupholstered with leather interior, new glass, new seat belts, wood wheel and dash, new rims, and installed high-end 15-speaker sound system,” the listing says. “Only driven one to two thousand miles a year and garaged year-round.”

The Monte Carlo model had a long history in the Chevrolet family, dating back to 1970 and serving as the brand’s offering in the popular “personal luxury car” segment of that era. Today’s car comes from the second generation of the Monte Carlo which was sold between model years 1973 and 1977. In 1976, the front fascia received stacked rectangular headlights that carried through to 1977 as shown here.

Based on the description in the listing, there isn’t much left to address in terms of restoration, and the 1996-era repaint appears to still be holding up well nearly 30 years later. The car was resprayed in Lexus-derived “Cashmere Beige,” and the bumpers and trim were replaced at the time of restoration.

The interior is luxurious and well-appointed, featuring upgrades such as a woodgrain steering wheel, a carpeted dash mat, and a modern Kenwood head unit. In the trunk, we see a trio of Rockford Fosgate subwoofers cranking out the bass to go with the tunes. The listing says that the odometer reads 50,000 miles but we aren’t sure on exact / actual mileage, so prospective buyers should do their due diligence.

For model year 1978, the Monte Carlo and the other GM intermediate-sized cars it shared a platform with (the Pontiac Grand Prix, Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme, and Buick Regal) were downsized because of increased pressure to meet federally-mandated fuel economy requirements. If you are looking for a Monte Carlo that was the last of its kind, look no further than this clean example.

The asking price is $21,000 for this Monte Carlo. Lucky you – it looks like a solid buy for the money!

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

Tyson Hugie
Tyson Hugie
Tyson Hugie is a Phoenix-based automotive enthusiast who has been writing for The Journal since 2016. His favorite automotive niche is 1980s and 1990s Japanese cars, and he is a self-diagnosed “Acura addict” since he owns a collection of Honda and Acura cars from that era. Tyson can usually be found on weekends tinkering on restoration projects, attending car shows, or enjoying the open road. He publishes videos each week to his YouTube channel and is also a contributing author to Arizona Driver Magazine,, NSX Driver Magazine, and other automotive publications. His pride and joy is a 1994 Acura Legend LS coupe with nearly 600,000 miles on the odometer, but he loves anything on four wheels and would someday like to own a 1950 Buick Special like his late grandfather’s.


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