Always Bet On Big Block: 1973 Chevrolet Monte Carlo
Back in the early 1970s, a Chevrolet Monte Carlo was an affordable way to get into a big 2-door personal luxury car. It might have not had the style of a Thunderbird or the sporty/upmarket(ish) badge of the Pontiac Grand Prix, but the Monte Carlo was available with a big block and understated styling with overstated gravitational pull. Bigger than Saturn, which is apparently giving a great view of its rings right now. Find this 1973 Chevrolet Monte Carlo offered for $9600 in Shelton, CT via craigslist. Tip from Cory.
From the seller:
1973 Mont Carlo Landau
cylinders: 8 cylinders
paint color: green
title status: clean
73 Monte Carlo Landau: Here’s a chance to own a rare luxury muscle car from the 70’s, loaded with options. Rebuilt 454 engine and Turbo-400 transmission, approx. 5k miles ago. Options include: 454 Cu. in. Big Block, Turbo 400 tranny, Power Windows, Power Brakes, Power Steering, Swivel Bucket Seats, Console and Floor Shifter, Posi-traction Rear. Car was equipped with AC, but under hood components were removed during engine rebuild. It has its original jack and spare in place. I have the window sticker showing that the car was originally from KY, and it then spent most of its time in GA before being purchased by a collector in upstate NY who did the rebuild of the drive train. It also received a new Starter, Alternator and Heavy Duty Radiator and headers with full factory style crossover exhaust.. It has a clean no rust body but has paint scratches when a portable garage fell on it (see pics). I bought just before covid hit with the intention of continuing the restoration, but it has been sitting in my garage ever since and priorities have changed. If you are looking for something different to take to the next level or just to cruise in this may be it. The previous owner also changed the gear ratio for highway cruising, but I have the original ring and pinion. I also have some new 15″ rally wheels for it (no trim rings or centers) in addition to the turbine wheels that are on it. It also has decent BF Goodrich T/As. I do not NEED to sell it, but hate seeing it sit. Car is currently in CT. Sold As Is. I do not need help selling this car. No lowball telephone offers. Call with questions. $9,600. Steve
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I am confused, it has a swiveling driver’s seat, but you make no mention of this amazing feature? Am I late to the game discovering a car with a swiveling driver’s seat!?!?
They were a pretty interesting feature in a lot of mid ’70s GM cars. The “change from performance to personal luxury” usually didn’t go too well, but occasionally they came up with a few pretty good personal luxury features.
Pretty interesting to see a 2 door with doors long enough to allow for easy access to the back seat, too. ðŸ™‚
1973. IIRC, by then cars would have had some form of shoulder harnesses. I see the lap belt retractor at floor behind driver seat. does this mean there are manually adjusted shoulder harnesses tethered above the doors? I remember these on some of my dad’s old (ford) beasts.