1977 Chevrolet Monte Carlo

1977 Chevrolet Monte Carlo front
The 1977 Monte Carlo's front end had
become unappealingly overstyled.

The 1977 Chevrolet Monte Carlo's sales continued to be hearty -- stronger than in 1976, in fact. More "personal-size luxury" competitors had been scrambling for customers since the Monte Carlo was introduced in 1970, but Chevrolet's example of the concept remained a stalwart contender. Shoppers snapped up 224,327 copies of the "S" sport coupe, along with 186,711 Landau coupes. Prices now started at $4,968, or $5,298 for the Landau. Only the Oldsmobile Cutlass beat the Monte Carlo in the mid-size coupe sales race.

Now that full-size Chevrolets had been downsized, they rode the same 116-inch wheelbase as Monte Carlos. Strangely enough, the Montes weighed more than the "big" coupes and sedans.

The list of available engines had slimmed down considerably. This year's Monte Carlo had only two choices: the standard 305-cubic-inch V-8 with a 145-horsepower rating, or an optional 350-cubic-inch V-8 that put out 170 horsepower. All Monte Carlos had Turbo Hydra-Matic.

Grilles now were divided into small segments, and a new hood ornament carried the Monte Carlo crest. Widened taillights sat lower on the rear panel and were horizontally segmented. Options included a padded vinyl roof, sport mirrors, Turbine II wheels, and Rally wheels. Landau coupes had pinstriping and a vinyl half-roof.

1977 Chevrolet Monte Carlo rear
For the 1977 Monte Carlo, taillights were now horizontally segmented.

1977 Chevrolet Monte Carlo Facts

Model
Weight (lbs.)
Price range (new)
Number built
Monte Carlo
3,852
$4,968-$5,298
411,038

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