The Chevvy Monte Carlo was created by designer Scott Butler as Chevrolet’s counterpart to the 1969 Pontiac Grand Prix. After its release, it proved to be a great success for Pontiac in 1969 and Chevrolet wanted to capitalize on the success.
1970 saw the first Monte Carlo produced – the brainchild of Elliot M Estes (Pete) who was General Manager of Chevrolet at the time. Working with Chevrolet’s stylist Dave Holls and borrowing design elements and inspiration from the Cadillac Eldorado and Chevrolet Chevelle, they produced the muscular looking Monte Carlo.
Whereas the 1971 model featured only a few styling changes on the inside, the SS model got new “European symbol knobs”, and the four-spoke steering wheel became optional.
Mechanically, however, it was unchanged, although the small-block Turbo-Fire 400 two-barrel engine was dropped.
The distinctive Cadillac egg-crate grille – similar to the 1971 Chevrolet Caprice and a metal rear trim molding … Read the rest