Two Card Monte: 1977 Chevrolet Monte Carlo Landau – SOLD!
September 12th Update – While updating our Malaise Monday database, we confirmed the private seller of this ’77 Monte Carlo deleted their Craiglist ad, so we’re calling this one “Sold!”
1977 marked GM’s “Colonade” style hardtops’ fifth and final year of production before their 1978 downsized replacements entered the scene. A great example of Chevrolet’s Monte Carlo just listed recently on Craigslist in Canton, Massachusetts. A two-owner, well-optioned example with only 51,000 original miles, the current caretaker has it listed for $15,500. While Hagerty Insurance currently does not provide values for this model year, The NADA Guides Class Car Online Valuation Tool confirms this private seller has his well-optioned Monte priced above the “Low”, Average”, and “High” retail value range of $4,262, $8,222, and $11,660, respectively.
For 1973 Chevrolet introduced a redesigned Monte Carlo alongside other GM intermediates. Like other GM mid-size cars, the 1973 Monte Carlo was no longer a true hardtop, but rather a pillared coupe with rear side opera windows and frameless door glass. Prominent styling features included an egg-crate grille with a Monte Carlo emblem in front and vertical taillights above the bumper. Also new was a double-shell roof for improved noise reduction and rollover protection along with the flush-mounted pull-up exterior door handles first introduced on the 1970½ Camaro and 1971 full-sized Chevrolets and Vegas.
A revised grille containing smaller segments combined with the Monte Carlo “knight’s crest” emblem moved to a stand-up hood ornament and revised taillight lenses marked the 1977 Monte Carlo. Increasing emissions regulations limited engine choices to just two V8s: The base engine for 49 states was the 140 horsepower 305 cubic inch, two-barrel topped small block while a 170 horsepower 350 cubic inch 4-barrel remained optional (standard in California). The Turbo Hydramatic transmission remained standard equipment.
Interior trim received only minor revisions this year with upholstery choices including cloth, velour and vinyl in both base and Custom trims. Swivel out seats and 8-track were optional. This model year marks the only time in history when an intermediate model was larger in every dimension than a full-sized model, as the B-body Chevrolet Caprice/Impala had already been redesigned and downsized for 1977. The Monte Carlo also weighed more. In 1977 sales totaled 224,327 S coupes and 186,711 Landau coupes.
Here’s Chevrolet’s “Personal. Original. Affordable” commercial highlighting the 1977 Monte Carlo:
Similar to the 1977 Mercury Cougar we’re also featuring today, this low mileage and highly optioned Monte Carlo makes a great “Preservation, Original Features” judging candidate for 2021 AACA events. In this example, the highly detailed driver’s log will go a long way towards convincing the judges of the originality of this example. Good luck with the purchase!
Here’s the seller’s description:
“Only 51,600 miles on this meticulously maintained Monte Carlo. I’m the second owner and have all the original paper from the dealer purchase, maintenance records and registrations. It sports the original metallic Hunter Green paint with factory hand painted pin-striping, showing minor aging. Decked out with many rare options; Rallye gauges for temp and volt, factory undercoating for preservation, AM-FM radio with factory rear speaker, AC, tilt adjustable steering wheel, rear defroster and cruise control that still works.
Outstanding Original 1977 Monte Carlo timepiece-survivor, loaded with options.The Monte Carlo was a personal luxury car, personified by the swivel Astro seats and plush upholstery still intact in its Palomino color. Yet, it maintained its sporty style with its highly detailed center console, signature contour body lines and Hi-tech turbine wheels. It drives like a dream on the highway.
This car has always been garage kept and no winters. The hyper-accurate driving log shows that it was removed from approx 4k a year driving to retirement in 1986 with 40k miles on it. It was driven a total of 6k miles over the next 30 years. Meanwhile, it visited a mechanic once a year for pampered maintenance. I’ve put 5k on it myself. The maintenance included tires, brakes, fluids, heater core and wiper blades, usual stuff. CASH ONLY!
Drive her home!”
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