The Chevrolet Monte Carlo – A King Among Diecast Model Cars

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 were the most visible changes to the 1972 Monte Carlo, the final year for the first generation design.

To make use of GM’s new A-platform known as the G-body coming in at 118” on the Grand Prix instead of adding more passenger space for the Chevrolet model, a splice between the firewall and the front wheels was added to make design of the Monte Carlo completely unique for its time. This gave it the exceptionally long hood that we have come to know and love and the look proved to be very popular for Chevrolet. You can buy a perfect replica diecast model car of the  1972 Chevy Monte Carlo at Silent Autos models

The Monte Carlo’s base power option included the 350 Turbo-Fire small block V8 rated at 250 hp with a 2 barrel carburetor. In this configuration it produced an astonishing (for the time) 345 foot pounds of torque at 2800 rpm. Options that were standard included front disk brakes and higher grade nylon upholstery and a deep twist carpet.

Everyone loved the fake wood trim that was a reproduction of the elm trim used on the Rolls Royce.

With all the options available at the time a fully equipped Monte Carlo could demand more than $5,000 – a hefty sum for the time. The options consisted of Powerglide automatic transmission (two-speed), turbo-hydramatic (three speed) or the four speed manual transmissions. Other features included power seats, 4 season air conditioning, Strato bucket seats, Rallye wheels and console.

There were a number of engine options available to power the Monte Carlo. The 350 upgrade included a four-barrel carburetor boosting it to 300 hp. There were two different 400 cubic inch engine options offered. A version of the Chevy small block with two barrel carburetor the referred to as the (turbo-fire) at 265 hp. The second referred to as the (turbo-jet) 400 was actually 402 cubic inch rated at 330 hp was a version of the big block 396 with a larger displacement.

The Monte Carlo SS 454 was the most powerful engine option and was only an extra $420 came in at 360 hp with 500 foot pounds of torque. The (turbo-jet 454) coming in at 7.4 L with a 4 barrel carburetor was quite a fast car. Other options included in the package was the “SS 454” badge, heavy duty suspension, wider tires and turbo hydramatic transmission with 3.31 rear gear plus automatic load leveling suspension in the rear.

The first generation design running only 3 years makes this a great model to collect so head on over to and get one today

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