1979 Chevrolet Monza

The 1979 Chevrolet Monza 2+2 Sport, part of the 1979 Chevrolet Monza line.
At $4,624, the unique 1979 Monza 2+2 Sport
was the priciest Monza for this year.

The 1979 Chevrolet Monza linup was trimmed to four models, from seven for the 1978 Monza. Sales, however, climbed to nearly 164,000 cars, compared with 138,832.

The 1979 Chevrolet Monza continued to appeal to first-time car buyers in particular, thanks to prices starting at a reasonable $3,850. Added standard equipment for 1979 helped, too.

"More car," said the sales brochure, and "more kicks." Extra standard features for 1979 included an AM radio, tinted glass, bodyside moldings, and sport steering wheel.

The "S" hatchback was deleted, as were the Estate Wagon and the Sport notchback coupe. Only one Monza kept the sloped Euro-look front end: the 2+2 Sport hatchback. Others had an upright front end with a freshened grille. The Spyder performance package cost $164, the Spyder appearance package added $231.

Powerplants got a little more pep. A more-potent standard 151-cubic-inch (2.5-liter) four-cylinder with a redesigned cross-flow cylinder head and two-barrel carburetor developed 90-horsepower -- five more than in 1978.

Monza buyers could choose from three optional engines: 105-horsepower 196-cubic-inch V-6, 115-horsepower 231 V-6, or 130-horsepower 305 V-8.

All Monzas had a color-keyed instrument panel, and all except the base coupe had a center console. Corrosion protection was improved, too, but the Monza's days were numbered.

1979 Chevrolet Monza Facts

Model
Weight range (lbs.)
Price range (new)
Number built
Monza
2,577-2,676
$3,850-$4,624
163,833

The 1979 Chevrolet Monza 2+2 Sport, part of the 1979 Chevrolet Monza line.
Of the 163,833 Chevrolet Monzas built for
1979, 67,398 were hatchbacks like this.

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