1984 Chevrolet Monte Carlo SSFIT FOR A PRINCESS
As Seen on Season One of FantomWorks
FantomWorks insight: Megan’s husband thought it would be nice to surprise his wife for her birthday and give her car a fresh new look. What they didn’t know was we happened to have another vehicle similar to theirs in the shop that was drastically different than her car on the same day we were delivering her freshly sported out car. Thankfully they were both good sports and a pleasant surprise was exactly that.
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The Chevrolet Monte Carlo was an American-made two-door coupe introduced for model year 1970, and manufactured over six generations through model year 2007. It was marketed as a personal-luxury coupe through most of its history, with the last model version being classified as a full-sized coupe. When it was discontinued in 2007, it had outlived many competitors that were either discontinued many years earlier or changed in concept to either a four-door sedan or small sport coupe.
The SS was a hit not only in the car-buying public, (starving for some power after the hefty emissions regulations of the late 1970′s) but also in NASCAR competition, where it continued to be a winning body style after the 1984 season successes. Production picked up, and 112,730 sport coupes were sold as 1984 year model coupes. An additional 24,050 had the SS option (with an 180 hp (130 kW) 305 V8 that saw a 5 hp (3.7 kW) boost from the previous year), having an asking price of US$10,700. The Monte Carlo SS was available with Strato bucket seats and floor console as extra-cost options for the first time in place of the standard split bench seat with armrest (the Strato buckets also returned as an option on the regular Monte after a two-year absence). The regular Monte Carlo came standard with a 125 hp (93 kW) 229 CID V6 (231 CID V6 for California) and a 165 hp (123 kW) 305 V8 was optional. Available for the last year in a base Monte Carlo was the 350 CID diesel engine, and there were only 168 manufactured. All engines for 1984 got the three-speed automatic transmission with the exception of three SS’s at the end of the 1984 production run that received the Turbo Hydramatic 200-R4 transmission with overdrive.
In 1984, there were a limited number of Monte Carlo SS’s made in Mexico, for Mexico sale. The differences are many in the Mexican to US/Canadian SS’s. There was no rear spoiler. The rims are 14″ checker style, an option on the base Monte Carlos in the US. The side mirrors are different style and black. The interior is that of a Grand Prix, in blue. The engine is a 350, 265 hp (198 kW) (unconfirmed) and 350 lbf·ft (470 N·m) of torque (unconfirmed), and got a 4-speed manual with Hurst shifter.