The 1975 Chevrolet Monza 2+2 hatchback
topped the Monza line in price and style.
The 1975 Chevrolet Monza debuted as a slope-roof hatchback in S and 2+2 trim. Chevrolet described the Monza in the sales brochure as "our new small
car." The 1975 Monzas wore rectangular headlights and a slot-style grille
in a slanted nose made of resilient urethane.
Not only were they intended to be fun to drive, Monzas were designed for easy loading and economical operation. It added up to a winning formula, at least to Motor Trend, which named the Monza 2+2 its Car of the Year for 1975.
The Chevrolet Monza's base engine was a 140-cubic inch (2.3-liter) four-cylinder borrowed from the Vega and yielding 78 or -- in the 2+2 coupe -- 87 horsepower. Not strong enough? No problem, as Monzas could have a new 110-horsepower 262-cubic inche (4.3-liter) V-8 instead, or even a 125-horsepower 350-cubic inche V-8.
Monzas had radial tires and standard four-speed manual
shift. Louvers that graced the B-pillars weren't merely decorative, but assisted
in ventilating the interior via a low-speed blower.
Midyear brought a notchback Towne Coupe, which featured single round headlights instead of the 2+2's trend-setting rectangular quad units.
The 1975 Chevrolet Monza 2+2 ran with a
125-horsepower 350-cubic-inch V-8.
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