1972 Chevrolet Monte Carlo

1972 Chevrolet Monte Carlo front
Refinement continued to characterize the Monte Carlo for 1972.

The 1972 Chevrolet Monte Carlo was billed as "America's most attainable luxury car." The personal-luxury Monte Carlo flaunted a cleaner front-end appearance with parking lights flanking a fresh wide-mesh grille. Rear ends stuck with tall vertical taillights but added a horizontal bright trim strip above the bumper.

Top engine was the 270-horsepower (net) 454-cubic-inch V-8, followed by a 240-horsepower 402-cubic-inch V-8 -- still called a "396." The 454 V-8 cost an extra $261, while the 402 added $142 to a Monte's sticker.

Californians had to be content with a 165- or 175-horsepower 350-cubic-inch V-8 because the larger engines failed to meet that state's emissions standards.

"Owning a Monte Carlo is kind of like having your cake and driving it too," Chevrolet insisted, blending the best virtues of the luxury car and the sporty car. Base-priced at $3,362, the Monte Carlo could be fitted with a long list of luxury conveniences to suit its owner.

No more Super Sport options were available as marketers did not want to dilute the Monte Carlo's luxury image. Lack of such fittings as a floor shift or hood scoops was seen as a bonus, rather than a detriment, for this "beautifully quiet, quietly beautiful" coupe.

1972 Chevrolet Monte Carlo rear
Only modest changes were made to the 1972 Monte Carlo.

1972 Chevrolet Monte Carlo Facts

ModelWeight (lbs.)
Price (new)
Number built
Monte Carlo
3,506
$3,362

180,819

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