1978 Chevrolet Monte Carlo

In response to the 1973 Arab Oil Embargo and CAFE requirements, the Monte Carlo - along with all GM intermediate-sized cars - were downsized for the 1978 model year. The Monte Carlo was redesigned, becoming smaller and lighter-weight, shedding around 700 lbs and becoming around 15 inches shorter than the 1977 model year. The Monte Carlo was billed as a personal-luxury car that came standard with a 231 cubic-inch V-6 engine with a two-barrel carburetor. The engine was much more fuel efficient than the standard V8 engine from the prior year.

Along with a smaller footprint, the Monte Carlo also utilized an aluminum inner and outer deck lid panels to help reduce overall weight. The rear brake drums were comprised of finned aluminum construction. Aluminum could also be found in the front and rear bumper reinforcement bars.

Inside, the Monte Carlo had a bench seat with a split back that was upholstered in either vinyl or woven cloth. Vinyl bucket seats with individual adjustments and a 55/45 split bench seat were offered as optional equipment.

The Monte Carlo was available as a Sport Coupe or a Landau Coupe with pricing beginning at $4,780. Standard equipment included front disc brakes, dual horns, bright wheel opening moldings, bright roof drip moldings, a day/night mirror, an electric clock, bumper impact strips, stabilizer bars, a heater and defroster and floor carpeting. Landau body styles came standard with power brakes, power steering, and an automatic transmission. They also had a vinyl half-roof with white-metalized rear quarter window treatment, special wheel covers, sport mirrors, and wide sill moldings.

By Daniel Vaughan | Jun 2014

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