1978 Chevrolet Monza

The 1978 Chevrolet Monza 2+2 coupe, part of the 1978 Chevrolet Monza line.
The 1978 Chevrolet Monza offered new
front-end styling and an expanded lineup.

The 1978 Chevrolet Monza line expanded to include a station wagon, actually a rebadged holdover from the Chevrolet Vega, which ended production after the 1977 model year. Chevy simply grafted a Monza front end onto the old Vega wagon.

The 1978 Chevrolet Monza also gained a new base coupe and 2+2 hatchback with round headlights in an upright front end with a crossbar grille. The final addition was a Sport series with a sloping nose and rectangular headlights.

"Take the wheel, have some fun," the Monza sales brochure advised. The new Spyder 2+2 hatchback in particular promised to fulfill Chevy's claim that it was "a car to quicken your pulse."

There was action underhood, as well, as Chevrolet's sporty subcompacts were available for the first time with V-6 engines. Buyers could choose V-6s of 196 cubic inches (3.2 liters) or a Buick-built unit of 231 cubic inches (3.8 liters). Horsepower was 90 and 105, respectively. The 145-horsepower 305-cubic-inch V-8 remained optional in all but the Vega-based models.

Gone at last was the troublesome aluminum Vega four-cylinder engine. It was replaced by an 85-horsepower Pontiac "Iron Duke" 151-cubic-inch four. This was standard in all models.

Production of the seven Monza models totaled 138,832 cars. The basic coupe and the Sport 2+2 ranked as the most popular body styles, with Estate Wagons being the least popular.

1978 Chevrolet Monza Facts

Model
Weight range (lbs.)
Price range (new)
Number built
Monza
2,643-2,777
$3,622-$4,247
138,832

The 1978 Chevrolet Monza 2+2 coupe, part of the 1978 Chevrolet Monza line.
Production for the 1978 Monza 2+2 coupe was around 65,072.

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