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    Saw a Monte Carlo the other night

    The other night I saw an original '70-'72 Monte Carlo. It looked good in all-black.

    The original Monte was an interesting car. They took a Malibu chassis, shortened the wheelbase by about 10" or so, and changed the front suspension geometry. I don't remember if it was a negative scrub radius or a positive scrub radius, but the Monte had a special kingpin design that changed the scrub radius to supposedly make the car steer and handle more "European", and it kind of worked. The original Monte was noticeably more responsive to the steering wheel than other American cars of the time.

    Of course GM ruined it with an utterly conventional replacement in 1973, and the Monte Carlo was never "special" again, just another disco cruiser.

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    Re: Saw a Monte Carlo the other night

    Quote Originally Posted by misterdecibel
    The other night I saw an original '70-'72 Monte Carlo. It looked good in all-black.

    The original Monte was an interesting car. They took a Malibu chassis, shortened the wheelbase by about 10" or so, and changed the front suspension geometry. I don't remember if it was a negative scrub radius or a positive scrub radius, but the Monte had a special kingpin design that changed the scrub radius to supposedly make the car steer and handle more "European", and it kind of worked. The original Monte was noticeably more responsive to the steering wheel than other American cars of the time.

    Of course GM ruined it with an utterly conventional replacement in 1973, and the Monte Carlo was never "special" again, just another disco cruiser.
    I, too, like those old Montes - and agree the latter-70s versions were kind of weak. But Chevy did a good job resurrecting the car in the '80s, esp. the 5.0 HO SS. That was a fun car!

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    Re: Saw a Monte Carlo the other night

    Quote Originally Posted by Eric
    But Chevy did a good job resurrecting the car in the '80s, esp. the 5.0 HO SS. That was a fun car!
    I couldn't get past their extreme ugliness.

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    Re: Saw a Monte Carlo the other night

    Here ya go..........


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    Re: Saw a Monte Carlo the other night

    That is a hunky-looking car!

    I also love the Pontiac GP from the same era....

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