Friday, February 5, 2010

Marketplace Feature: Tell 'em he's dreamin' - 1974 Monte Carlo

Production of the 1974 Chevrolet Monte Carlo Landau Edition was over 120,000 cars in 1974 alone. $244 was never so well spent as in a vinyl top and ornate badgery of such distinction. Nowadays, the second generation Monte Carlos are stuck in the rare-ish but valueless category along with many of their cushy domestic contemporaries.

This phenomenally original example is selling for a price of $2900, which is practically in nice first generation Monte territory. Maybe these cars are going up in value, but this particular car would be very well sold at this price.

The window sticker claims a new starter and HEI distributor comes with the package, along with new dual exhaust - pray for glass-packs or it will need to be redone. It's a fairly low mileage example at just over 100k, but doesn't seem to be in quite 'grandma' condition as the seats are somewhat torn and the body has its fair share of dings and dents. One in particular that stood out on the left front corner looked as though it was caused by the owner simply missing his garage opening by 3 inches.

It may be a bit overpriced, but these fantastically frumpy cars are representative of everything that most people hate about the 70's, which makes them very cool. From the patina-ed finish and peeling vinyl top to robust and ubiquitous mechanicals, this bit of nostalgia would be well bought (in my opinion) in the $1200 range. Overall a good car, so give him a call and start haggling.

1 comment:

  1. Used to own one was not reliable gave me so many problems with not wanting to start.