Solid Story: 1977 Chevrolet Monte Carlo 33K Mile – SOLD!

by | May 2022 | Craigslist ClassiFINDS, Malaise Monday

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May 9, 2022, Update – We confirmed the seller of this “Classifind” deleted their listing, so we’re now able to call this one “SOLD!” While this one got away, please reach out either by email or call us directly if you’d like to be informed when we come across something similar.

We love featuring cars with great, nicely documented stories, especially extremely low-mileage, survivor-quality examples.  Our latest is this 33K original mile, 1977 Chevrolet Monte Carlo Landau originally listed in May 2022 on Craigslist in Oswego, Illinois (Chicago). The current caretaker provides this nicely written summary of the car’s ownership history to date:

Currently offered for $18,900 or the best offer,, the analytics and search engine for the collector car market, reveals the ask is only slightly higher than this guide’s one-year average of $16,575 based on 4 sales ranging from $7,300 to $29,250.  As a second data point, the  Collector Car Market Review Online Tool reveals the seller’s ask is above this guide’s #1 “Excellent” estimate of $15,475. The slight premium requested here is for the low mileage, highly documented survivor quality this Monte Carlo provides over other examples.

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.

The Classic Cars Today YouTube Channel features this 1977 Chevrolet Monte Carlo commercial:

1977 was the final model year of the second-generation Monte Carlo “Colonnade” hardtop, and it’s a rare treat to find such a nicely optioned one in such great survivor condition.  With a few weeks of serious detailing under the hood, this 1977 Chevrolet Monte Carlo could help the next caretaker win a “Junior” Award in Preservation Class, Original Features Judging at a local Antique Automobile Club of America (“AACA”) meet.

If you are serious about buying this 1977 Chevrolet Monte Carlo, you can start the conversation by emailing the seller.  When you connect, please remember to mention you saw their Monte featured here on Good luck with the purchase!

Here’s the seller’s description:

“1977 Chevrolet Monte Carlo, 33,000 documented original miles
350 4bbl, automatic, A/C, cruise control
Absolutely mint original condition, car is show quality with very minimal paint blemishes. No rust, all original sheet metal, paint and interior. I have never seen a cleaner/nicer 45 year survivor car, still has a new smell.
Several recent maintenance items completed. Starts, runs and drives like new.
I have the original window sticker, sales receipt and complete maintenance history since new.
This is an absolute must see.
Fly-in, drive it home.
Will consider partial trades including project cars.”

Show or go: what would you do with this 1977 Chevrolet Monte Carlo?  Please comment below and let us know!


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