1976 Chevrolet Monte Carlo

1976 Chevrolet Monte Carlo side
The Monte Carlo's handsomely sculpted
bodysides were unchanged for 1976.

The 1976 Chevrolet Monte Carlo's production set a record, with a stunning 353,272 coupes rolling off the assembly line. While many cars struggled for sales in the mid-Seventies, Chevrolet's personal-luxury coupes continued to move easily off the showroom floors.

Without question, Montes were dominating their mid-size market segment. A total of 191,370 "S" coupes were built, against 161,902 Landau coupes, which cost $293 more.

Revised styling was led by stacked quad headlights and an elegant new horizontal-slot grille. Cleanly restyled taillights were flatter and actually plainer in appearance. Top Monte Carlo engine was the 175-horsepower 400-cubic-inch V-8, followed by a pair of 350-cubic-inch powerplants that whipped up 145 or 165 horses.

A thriftier 140-horsepower 305-cubic-inch V-8 became the standard engine, but the big-block 454 was gone. Three-speed Turbo Hydra-Matic was now the standard Monte transmission.

A "Fashion Tone" paint scheme joined the options list, with contrasting colors on portions of the front fenders, doors, and quarter panels -- an attempt at a pseudo-classic look. Landau coupes had standard Turbine II wheel covers, along with a vinyl half-roof and dual sport mirrors.

1976 Chevrolet Monte Carlo rear
The 1976 Monte Carlo topped 1975 sales by more than 90,000 units.

1976 Chevrolet Monte Carlo Facts

Model
Weight (lbs.)
Price range (new)
Number built
Monte Carlo
3,907
$4,673-$4,699
353,272

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