1980 Chevrolet Monza

The 1980 Chevrolet Monza, part of the 1980 Chevrolet Monza line.
Production of the Chevrolet Monza
came to a close with the 1980 Monza line.

The 1980 Chevrolet Monza brought down the curtain on the Monza's six-year run, and did it with a truncated lineup.

The 1980 Chevrolet Monza lost its Vega-based wagon variant, reverting to two-door hatchback and notchback coupe body styles. It also lost its V-8 option. That left just the standard 86-horsepower 2.5-liter (151-cubic-inch) "Iron Duke" four-cylinder engine and Buick's 110-horsepower 3.8-liter (231-cubic-inch) V-6 to haul around more than 2,800 pounds of Monza.

As often happened during the mid-1970s and into the 1980s, "paint-on performance" substituted for horsepower, and the Monza hatchback embraced this philosophy though the Spyder package.

Front and rear spoilers and gaudy hood and flank decals certainly made the Spyder look fast. But even with a four-speed manual transmission backing up the 3.8-liter V-6, a Spyder could barely break 16 seconds in the 0-60-mph dash. In fairness, that wasn't terribly slow by 1980 standards. But today, with 0-60 times of under nine seconds not uncommon for even economy cars, it might be branded downright dangerous.

Nevertheless, production of the Chevrolet Monza actually increased slightly in 1980, reaching nearly 170,000 units, up from 163,833. That was not a bad showing for a cramped car with lackluster performance and relatively poor fuel economy.

It was not good enough to save the Monza, however. Chevrolet decided to shelve the antiquated design and let the Chevrolet Camaro and new Chevrolet Citation X-11 absorb whatever was left of the sporty-coupe market.

1980 Chevrolet Monza Facts

Model
Weight range (lbs.)
Price range (new)
Number built
Monza
2,617-2,729
$4,433-$5,186
169,418

The 1980 Chevrolet Monza Coupe, part of the 1980 Chevrolet Monza line.
The Chevy Monza coupe could be ordered
with this dreadful "Cabriolet" roof cover.

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