1971 Chevrolet Monte Carlo
Exuding vintage cool and carrying bona fide big block power under its hood, this 1971 Chevrolet Monte Carlo will pull into its next owner's garage with its factory build sheet in tow, as well as its original warranty card to add a bit of nostalgic context. The Monte Carlo not only marked a first for its manufacturer due to its lengthy, two door design, but because it was also the first Chevy model introduced by firebrand auto exec John DeLorean. It cuts a stylishly aggressive appearance, which is fitting, considering a full 82% of respondents in a survey conducted the year it came out said that they bought their Monte Carlos with style as their primary consideration. Its Classic black paint might otherwise highlight any cosmetic faults it could carry, but there's nothing to worry about here, as it's in great shape and serves as a very fitting backdrop for the chrome this '71 carries. This is a generously proportioned, yet agile-looking muscle car - long from nose to windshield, with a spacious cabin and a rear roofline that slopes into a sizable trunk area. Those finer details that make such a difference in a classic car all present well - the bumpers both fore and aft sit level and sport black rubber padding with no scuffs or peeling, the glass on all four sides is clear, and the "squircle" bezels surrounding the headlights are fresh and unspotted. Trace the trim that runs the lengths of its sides from front to back and you won't find any serious blemishes. Inside the doors, the black interior mixes vinyl and cloth to great effect and looks very sharp. The broad front buckets don't appear to have seen much use - their surfaces don't even have the beginnings of creases or wear marks, and the padding underneath still stands tall. They straddle a nice-looking woodgrain center console that provides some welcome lockable interior space. The woodgrain instrument cluster was a hallmark style feature at the time this '71 was introduced and this one is a good representative, as it still features a fresh-looking panel that surrounds the clear factory gauges inside. A retro-style, AM/ FM stereo with iPod connectivity is on standby to cater to your audio requests. The trunk area in back features some serious room and with no liner covering its floor, you can see that it's straight and solid. A sizable, 454 cubic inch V8 sits under the hood - in many cars it would appear as if a shoehorn would be needed to wedge it in place, but due to the Monte Carlo's roomy engine bay, there's still plenty of space inside the fender wells to make maintenance uneventful. It's nice and clean inside, with no road grime buildup in sight. Armed with a 4-barrel that sits underneath a new-looking air cleaner and a performance cam to provide additional power, as well as a nice lope, the big block has ample kick to it and sends a great-sounding exhaust note into the long tube headers leading to its dual exhaust. It teams with a rock-solid 3-speed automatic TH350 transmission to make this Chevy classic a very strong driver. Power steering makes navigation nice and easy, while power brakes, with discs up front, provide dependable, fade-resistant stops as it cruises on its 17" American Racing Torq-Thrust wheels wrapped with Riken Raptor tires. The undercarriage looks impressively solid - with solid floor pans, solid frame rails, a recently painted oil pan and a fresh-looking exhaust all in clear view. If you're looking for a great-looking, strong-running Chevy classic, you really need to have a look at this 1971 Chevrolet Monte Carlo. Call today!