1976 Dekon Monza

There were around 12 Dekon Monza's created for use in IMSA competition. Some state that 11 examples were created, other state there were more. Other work done by Dekon includes two Camaros and a Buick Skyhawk, with the Skyhawk being the only completely bodied car received from GM. The two Camaro's constructed were intended for oval track racing.

GM supplied the Monza's near the close of 1974, and DeKon reconstructed them to the customer's specifications and needs. The Dekon Monza's featured a tubular chassis, an overall weight of about 2400 pounds, and over 600 horsepower from the fuel-injected eight-cylinder engine. The cars were very fast and competitive, thanks in part to their excellent 50/50 weight distribution.

The cars were designed by Horst Kwech of Ausca Racing and Lee Dykstra and used to combat the highly successful Porsches in IMSA competition. GM aided in the project with CAD drawings, their first attempt at using this technology. The Dekon Monza's ran very well, winning the championship in 1976, 1977, and again in 1978. This makes the DeKon the most successful of all the H07 race car builders.

The name 'DeKon' represented 'D'ykstra and 'K'wech, the founders of the team. Further, 'De' represented design and 'Kon' for construction.


by Daniel Vaughan | Feb 2008

Related Reading : Chevrolet Monza History

The Chevrolet Monza was produced from 1975 through 1980. It served as a replacement for the Chevrolet Vega, though there was a three-year overlap. It had not been created to replace the Vega, it had been intended to house GMs Wankel engine. The Wankel engine was not used, in its place was a four-cylinder as standard and a V8 engine offered as optional equipment. The eight-cylinder engine just....
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Chassis Num: 1007

This 1976 Dekon Monza is thought to be one of the most original Dekon Monzas in this country. It was driven by Jerry Jolly in the Camel GT Circuit in 1976, 1977 and 1978. It was later raced in the Trans Am Series by Gerry Wellik from 1979 through t....[continue reading]

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