The Chevrolet Monte Carlo burst on the scene in 1970 as Chevy’s debonair entry in the burgeoning personal-luxury car category. As this article makes clear, the Monte Carlo eventually came to occupy a much wider field.

1970 Chevrolet Monte Carlo
The 1970 Chevrolet Monte Carlo was a debonair personal-luxury car.
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Discover how the Chevrolet Monte Carlo went from the boulevard to the backstretch as it took its place among NASCAR’s winningest racecars ever. And learn how the Chevrolet Monte Carlo sustained the tradition of the midsize American coupe into the 21st century.

The Chevrolet Monte Carlo debuted for 1970 as competition for the Ford Thunderbird. It maintained its two-door configuration throughout a run that, with just one interruption, lasted until the end of the 2007 model year.

Learn about a proud lineage that included the early and rare Monte Carlo SS model with a 454-cubic-inch V-8, a timely downsizing for 1977, the revival of an SS model for 1983, and the last of the rear-drive models for 1989.

Again reflecting the tenor of its times, the 1995 Chevrolet Monte Carlo marked a transition from rear-wheel drive to front-wheel drive for Chevy's premier personal car. It was still a coupe, still had midsize dimensions, and still was a true Chevrolet.

1970 Chevrolet Monte Carlo assembly line
The 1970 Monte Carlo came off a dedicated assembly line.

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