The concept of the ‘personal luxury vehicle’ is an interesting one; usually coupes, they are always luxurious and well-appointed, and are meant to project an aura of power, speed and, well, wealth. When you can manage to make one that’s got all of that, and make it financially affordable, you’ve got a winner on your hands! The 1970 Chevrolet Monte Carlo was designed to compete directly with Ford’s Thunderbird; not only did it work, but it outsold the Thunderbird 3 to 1 in its first year! Long, low and wide, the Monte Carlo offered a clean design and simple, straight lines that had a wide appeal, and was just as well designed on the inside, with every conceivable time or labor-saving gizmo installed. As they say, ‘power everything!’
It was just as serious under the hood. With an available 454 cubic inch engine, or 7.4-liters, the Monte Carlo was a serious road machine. Its engine produced 360 horsepower, which was more than enough to propel this big car down the road at a top speed of 135 miles per hour; it could also accelerate to 60 in less than 8 seconds. Of course, almost every single Monte Carlo produced was equipped with the obligatory three-speed automatic transmission!
The 1970 Chevrolet Monte Carlo was really a driver’s car; if you had somewhere far you needed to be at in a hurry, than there was really no better way to get there, except flying!