One Owner: 1980 Chevrolet Monza Coupe – $7,000

by | Jan 2023 | Classifinds, Malaise Monday

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While many enthusiasts know American Motors’ Pacer was supposed to feature General Motors (“GM”) version of its upcoming Wankel rotary power plant,  not many realize GM designed its Vega-based “H” Body line-up to use the innovative engine as well. However, when GM pulled the plug on the rotary power development, engineers were left scrambling to design “H” Bodies with alternative powerplants. By the time GM launched the “H” Body cars for the 1975 model year, consumers could opt for either inline-four, V6, or even small-block Chevrolet power, depending on the model. 

The stylish two-door, rear-wheel-drive H Body compacts sold well over six model years. However, for the 1980 model year, GM kept the rapidly aging lineup in production for an extended period so that dealers would have enough subcompact-sized inventory until the company’s new front-wheel-drive “J” Body was ready for launch in the spring of 1981.

Thus, this claimed one-owner 1980 Chevrolet Monza coupe, currently listed on Craigslist in Fort Collins, Colorado, is one of those stop-gap cars. Arguably, like many GM cars over the years, the last of the line is usually the most well-sorted.  Not only does this Monza Coupe feature the 2.5 Liter “Iron Duke” inline-four mated to a three-speed automatic, but the seller also reports the car features working factory A/C converted to R134A refrigerant.

Currently offered for $7,000, Classic.com, the analytics and search engine for the collector car market, confirms the ask is slightly below the one-year rolling average of this guide’s summary for H Body Chevrolet Monzas of all body styles and powertrains produced between 1975 and 1980.  By clicking on the green dots in the graph below, you can navigate to each comparable car sold as a way to help you evaluate the price of the Monza featured here:

As a second data point, the  Collector Car Market Review Online Tool reveals the seller’s ask falls between this guide’s #2 Very Good” estimate of $6,500 and its #1 “Excellent” appraisal of $8,550 before making a five percent adjust for factory air conditioning.

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. The Monza 2+2 debuted as a single-model 2+2 hatchback. Four inches longer and weighing 180 pounds more than the Vega from which it is derived, General Motors’ John DeLorean nicknamed it the “Italian Vega,” citing styling with a strong resemblance to the Ferrari 365 GTC/4.  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 form of its Buick 231 cubic inch V6 and Chevrolet 305 cubic inch V8 engine options.

The 1980 model year lineup consisted of a base 2+2 hatchback, notchback, and 2+2 sport hatchback; the 151-cubic-inch (2.5-liter) four-cylinder engine remained standard, and the only engine option was the 3.8 liter (231 CID) Buick V6. The wagon was discontinued as the Citation hatchbacks offered equal cubic cargo capacity, with the rear seats down and better rear-passenger accommodation. Chevrolet discontinued the Monza at the end of the 1980 model year. However, the production of 1980 models continued to the end of calendar 1980, with its “1982” Cavalier replacement debuting in early calendar 1981.

The Bionic Disco YouTube Channel features this 1980 Chevrolet Monza commercial:

We cringe every time a second owner touts the car they sell as a “one owner.” Sorry, but if you paid money for the car to the original owner, you are now the second owner.  That nuance aside, this 1980 Chevrolet Monza Coupe is a nice survivor-quality car for sale. The only item appearing to deviate from stock are the cloth upholstered seats, wich may have been redone at some point, You’ll need to confirm that with the seller.

If you are serious about buying this Monza, you can start the conversation by emailing the seller.  When you connect, please remember to mention you saw their restored pickup featured here on GuysWithRides.com. Good luck with the purchase!

Here’s the seller’s description:

“This Chevy Monza has been in the same family since purchased in 1980. Until 2020, when it was driven to Fort Collins, Colorado, it spent its entire life in Houston, Texas. It has a clean title, original owner’s manual, window sticker, and many service receipts for maintenance over the years. It runs and drives and has a recent battery and new tires. The original factory hubcaps with pristine Chevy bowtie caps are particularly hard to find. The engine is the all-original 2.5L four-cylinder mated to an automatic transmission. The AC has been upgraded to R134. It even has the original working AM radio with a single rear speaker. The body is solid and rust-free. With only 103,000 current miles, it was driven less than 2000 miles a year! Don’t miss out on this unique well-loved classic!”

Show or go: What would you do with this survivor-quality 1980 Chevrolet Monza Coupe for sale?  Please comment below and let us know!

1 Comment
  1. Steve

    Probably one of the few the rust monster didn’t get to.

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