1973 Chevrolet Monte Carlo

1973 Chevrolet Monte Carlo
Monte Carlo styling followed a curvier muse for 1973.

The 1973 Chevrolet Monte Carlo, fully redesigned inside and out, was promoted as a personal luxury car at a Chevrolet price. Even so, sport options could transform the coupe into a respectable performer.

A tachometer and extra gauges could be installed, and engine selections still included the big-block 454-cubic-inch V-8. Before departing to form his own company in 1972, general manager John Z. DeLorean had ordered that Monte Carlo suspensions be sport-tuned, to become better rivals to the top imported sedans.

Sporting swoopy, deeply sculpted bodysides, these Monte Carlos adopted opera windows in their rear roof quarters. A new wraparound front bumper crossed the fine-mesh grille. Headlights stood inboard of the fenders, alongside the grille, with parking lights mounted at the fender tips.

Overall length grew by four inches, width by two. Styling may have changed dramatically, but the car's basic long-hood/short-deck theme remained evident.

Owners gave high marks to the new Monte Carlo's quiet luxury, fine performance, and excellent handling characteristics. The redesigned suspension also gained the approval of road-testers at the car-buff magazines.

Improved ride/handling came as a result of the car's full-coil suspension, radial-ply tires, and "wide-stance" chassis with front and rear stabilizer bars.

Engine choices began with a 307-cubic-inch V-8 and included a pair of 350-cubic-inch V-8s as well as the big 454 (now rated at 245 horsepower). No more 402-cubic-inch engines were available.

Production totaled an impressive 290,693 Monte Carlos in three trim levels: seldom-seen sport coupe, best-selling "S" coupe, and a Landau sport coupe that ranked in the middle of the sales picture. Motor Trend voted the Monte Carlo Landau its Car of the Year.

Monte Carlo options included a vinyl top at $123 and an open-it-up Sky Roof for $325. Landau editions had special sail-panel emblems, fender striping, custom wheels, and a rear stabilizer bar.

1973 Chevrolet Monte Carlo rear
The 1973 Monte Carlo retained its familiar
long hood/short deck proportions.

1973 Chevrolet Monte Carlo Facts

Model
Weight range (lbs.)
Price range (new)
Number built
Monte Carlo
3,713-3,722
$3,415-$3,806
290,693

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