Factory V8: 1975 Chevrolet Monza 2+2 Project – SOLD!

Apr 2020 | Classifinds, Malaise Monday

September 2020 Update – We’re busy updating our database accurately reflect the status of every car we’ve featured since starting GuysWithRides.com.  This Chcy Monza V8 project car we first featured in February 2020 has since sold.

While most Chevrolet “H” body Monzas came equipped with Buick’s venerable 3.8 Liter (231 cubic inch) “Even Fire” V6, buyers could opt for the optional small block 305 cubic inch V8 such as this 1975 project car we came across recently on Craigslist in Essex, Maryland where the private seller had this fresh out of storage project car listed for $3,000.  A quick check of the NADA Guides Classic Car Online Valuation Tool as a guide shows the current caretaker has his Spyder edition priced within the “Low”, “Average”, and “High” retail value range of $1,700, $3,400, and $5,975, respectively.

Chevrolet produced its version of GM’s “H” Body, the Monza, 1975–1980 model years. All “H” bodies shared the Chevrolet Vega’s wheelbase, width, and 140 cubic inch inline-four cylinder engine. While Chevrolet originally envisioned fitting the 1975 Monza 2+2 with GM’s upcoming Wankel rotary engine, mediocre fuel-economy and emissions-compliance issues canceled that engine forcing Chevrolet to offer optional V6 and V8 power in the for of its Buick 231 cubic inch V6 and Chevrolet 305 cubic inch V8 engine options.

Good luck with the purchase!

Here’s the seller’s description:

“Up for sale is a 99 % rust free 1975 Chevy Monza with the factory V8 small block motor and turbo 350 transmission. The car comes from a 40 year dry storage, believe it or not(see pictures) The car still has original spare tire and “use unleaded fuel only” sticker next to the gas cap. The car has a few dings and dents ( see pictures) from taking the lawn mower in and out of the garage all those years past the car. The car has a new battery and had the fluids changed and the brakes gone through, so it runs and stops very well, but will need to be towed because of the fuel tank. The fuel tank will need to be taken out, cleaned and re installed, it runs off a bottle of gas under the hood gravity fed to the carburetor. It also has four brand new tires on it. Serious inquiries only and I don’t need help selling it.

Do you have a Chevy Monza story you’d like to share?  Comment below and let us know!

  1. Bob

    I was working at a Chevrolet dealer when these came — what I remember is on the v-8 model is that if you wanted to change one of the rear spark plugs you had to cut an access hole in the fender inner panel to get to it!

    • Guys with Rides

      Bob, that’s so true! I remember my uncle having one of these cars. He worked at the Chevy Tonawanda engine plant building small and big blocks and ordered to the car with that engine out of pride, but hated anytime he had to work under the hood of that car!

    • Anonymous

      Not so…..owed one for 13 years. Ground down top of socket and universe socket did the trick.

  2. Stan

    I bought a new one just like this one when I was in the Navy. 2+2 V8 4 speed. Blue with black interior & a/c, put side pipes, spoiler on rear, Camaro hood scoop, had uncle paint it lacquer Black, with gold metal flake details. Sure would like to have this one. Been 40 years ago. Look high & low for another one..

  3. Stan

    As you notice they are comparing Spider prices, with V8 cars. Only 2 years of Spiders, the price of Spider, was full prices plus 1/2 more of that price, for the Spider Options. They are not only outside spoiler looks the gauges, motor transmission interior where all different. You can only build a Spider look alike from a V8, but you won’t get much more for it than V8 Standard Transmission car..Without the serial number matching car, Price drop less than half on resale..

  4. Marilyn

    I owned a blue, 75′, Monza 2+2, V8, from 1976-1983. Had lots of mechanical issues.
    Was told it was a pace car and had silver racing stripes. I loved that car.
    I added a sunroof and air conditioning. (AC was optional in 1975

  5. Anonymous

    I had a yellow 1975 monza 2+2 with a 4.3 lt V8. It was a 262 c.i. with 4 speed. it kept burning the stock clutch out. I was in the Air Force back then and couldnt afford to upgrade to a better disc and pressure plate. I think the disc was about $20 at the time . Me and my buddies got the clutch removal and replace down to about 2hrs…Good Ole Days

  6. Anonymous

    The 1975 2+2 I owned had a 262 V8 there was a 305 in the spider.

  7. Anonymous

    Owned a 1975 2+2. Blue. Swore I’d never sell it. Shoehorned a built 350 when the 262 bit the dust. Remember crawling under that car to change the clutch plate out approx every three months. Unfortunately moved to CT in ‘85 and the “Beast” and black ice didn’t get along. RIP.


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