1971 Chevrolet Monte Carlo Coupe

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Lot 332
1971 Chevrolet Monte Carlo Coupe

US$ 55,000 - 65,000
£ 41,000 - 49,000
Amended
1971 Chevrolet Monte Carlo Coupe
Introduced as a 1970 model, the first Chevrolet Monte Carlo was a pet project of then Chevrolet General Manager John Z. DeLorean. Before taking the reins at Chevy, DeLorean had originated the trend-setting 1969 Grand Prix 'personal luxury coupe' at Pontiac. He'd hardly settled into his new post before he began to advocate a Chevrolet comparable to the much-admired Grand Prix.

Like the Grand Prix, the Monte Carlo 116-inch wheelbase chassis and structure were based on GM's contemporary Fisher "A-body" intermediates. However, the clean, graceful lines of the first Monte Carlos were directly inspired by the 1967 Cadillac Eldorado, as were its proportions. The new Monte Carlo's hood, measuring a full six feet in length, would be the longest ever to appear on a Chevrolet.

After making a strong debut showing in 1970, the Monte Carlo was only minimally changed for 1971—and also for 1972, as it would turn out. Refinements for 1971 included a new grille, headlamps spaced more widely apart, and a stand-up hood ornament with spring-loaded safety attachment. Features such as power front disk brakes, and beefy 15-inch wheels and tires, permitted Chevrolet to boast, "On the road, Monte Carlo is noted for its excellence as a handler and performer."

Fully restored, the offered 1971 Monte Carlo is equipped with a rare 300-hp (SAE gross) RPO LS3 402-cid big-block V-8 coupled to an exceedingly uncommon four-speed manual transmission. As Chevrolet chose to focus on elegance and luxury aspects of the original Monte Carlo, it was not generally publicized that a four-speed manual transmission could be ordered in 1970 and 1971 models—reportedly only 269 were so equipped by the factory in 1971. (All 1972-77 Monte Carlos had an automatic transmission.)

Additional extra-cost equipment includes air conditioning, vinyl-trimmed front bucket seats, a console for the four-speed shifter, and a sport-type four-spoke steering wheel. Befitting a car equipped with a high-performance powertrain, the Monte Carlo is further provisioned with factory Special Instrumentation, which includes an in-dash tachometer and gauge cluster.

This nicely optioned first-generation Monte Carlo, with its extremely rare big-block, four-speed power train, presents an especially tempting combination of performance and luxury features in a remarkably stylish and comfortable car.

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  • Please note the VIN number is 1385711523730
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