November 15, 2019
This 1972 Chevrolet Monte Carlo is looking very-period correct in its Gulf Green paint job, vinyl top, and whitewall tires. This was the third year for Chevy’s personal luxury coupe, and the final year for its first-generation styling. The Canadian version of that year’s brochure took pride in telling us what the Monte didn’t come with: “Sorry, no power ash trays.” “Sorry, no four-on-the-floor.” They did tell us about how a new Monte was “…inspected 72 times before ever it ever leaves the plant,” and “…put through simulated rainstorms to test the total watertight capability of the car.” Standard power came from a 2-bbl 350cid V8 — options included a 4-bbl as well as larger engines of 400 and 454 cubic inches. The standard transmission was a three-speed manual, but I highly doubt that many of those were built. Today’s RealRide was seen last summer on Queen Street in Niagara Falls, Ontario, during a weekly Cruising-on-the-Q cruise night.
Jim Corbran, RRofWNY
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