1979 Chevrolet Monte Carlo

1979 Chevrolet Monte Carlo
The 1979 Monte Carlo sported a
cleaned-up grille and wraparound taillights.

The 1979 Chevrolet Monte Carlo coupe was nearly unchanged after a dramatic redesign for 1978.

The few changes to the 1979 Chevrolet Monte Carlo included a fine-patterned crosshatch grille, segmented parking lights, and wraparound taillights. As usual, color and trim selections were also different.

Landau versions of the 1979 Chevrolet Monte Carlo displayed a new canopy-style vinyl roof treatment, described as "an aristocratic arch of textured padded vinyl." Landaus had pinstriping and black rocker panels, as well as deluxe wheel covers and sport mirrors.

Performance might have been meager compared to certain Montes of the past, but shoppers had four engines to choose from: a 94-horsepower 200-cubic-inch V-6, 115-horsepower 231-cubic-inch V-6, 125-horsepower 267-cubic-inch V-8, and the strongman of the quartet -- a 160-horsepower 305-cubic-inch V-8.

The 1979 Chevrolet Monte Carlos sold in California made do with two engine choices: a 231-cubic-inch (3.8-liter) V-6 or the 305 V-8. A floor-shifted three-speed was the standard transmission, but California-bound Montes came only with automatic.

Chevrolet promoted the 1979 as "a car that stands apart," offering "a look, a feel, a personality all its own." Even more tempting was an interior that "massages your spirit with easeful luxury."

Who could resist such an invitation? Monte Carlo coupes could be ordered with removable tinted-glass roof panels that fit into the trunk.

1979 Chevrolet Monte Carlo Landau Sport Coupe rear
The 1979 Monte Carlo Landau Sport Coupe
gained a new vinyl-roof treatment.

1979 Chevrolet Monte Carlo Facts

Model
Weight range (lbs.)
Price range (new)
Number built
Monte Carlo
3,039-3,169
$5,333-$6,448
316,923

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