By the late 1970s, Ford and Chrysler were investing heavily into four-cylinder, front-wheel drive cars to respond to consumers calling for more fuel-efficient vehicles. Not GM though; the General kept right on producing big V8-powered, rear-drive sedans like the Monte Carlo. Today, these old G-body rides represent some of the best bang-for-your-buck if you are looking for cheap performance or perhaps something a bit more…flamboyant?
Behold, this 1979 Chevrolet Monte Carlo we found for sale on the Boston-area Craigslist. Depending on where your tastes lie, this is either a well-done lowrider harboring a whole lot of potential, or a waste of a perfectly good potential performance car.
It is undeniable, however, that despite all the work done, it’s still a very affordable gateway into the automotive hobby. Packing three CCE chrome-polished hydraulic pumps, joined by eight batteries in the trunk, this lowrider can also roll rather high, should you desire, and the chrome-spoked wheels certainly go along with the whole look.
As does the custom blue-flake paintjob, which looks good-enough from the pictures for impressing the local car show crowd. Under the hood is a clean and mildly-modified 350 V8 packing an Edelbrock intake and carburetor, a Flowmaster exhaust, and numerous new parts designed to make it purr like a kitten. If nothing else, the $4,000 asking price is realistic for what you get, and if you’ve ever wanted a lowrider of your own, this Monte Carlo could be a great place to start.