The first generation Chevrolet Monte Carlo was launched in 1970 and it was the division’s unique private luxury coupe. The design was built in form of the fashionable Cadillac Eldorado, even though a great deal of the body and composition was mutual with the Chevrolet Chevelle. It was characterized by obscured windshield wipers, and an optional light observing system was available.
1970 Chevy Monte Carlo specs
The 1970 Chevy Monte Carlo was built on an identical platform as the re-modeled 1969 Pontiac’s established G-body Grand Prix, but rather, the Monte’s wheelbase was reduced to 116 inches. It still remained larger than the Chevy Chevelle with a lengthy hood and a diminutive deck. At the forefront was a grid-textured grille with huge, solitary headlamps housed in square-shaped enclosures.
The Chevy Monte Carlo 1970 was highly fitted with lots of deluxe gadgets with standard features comprising of all the characteristics present on the Malibu, including a 350 cubic-inch V8, a power front disc brakes, elm-burl dash panel inlays, electric clock and G78-15B bias-belted black sidewall tires. The majority of Chevy Monte Carlos is factory fitted with fender skirts, but these were non-compulsory gear.
The 1970 Chevy Monte Carlo is a rear wheel drive vehicle, with a front situated engine and a 2-door coupé body. The Chevy Monte Carlo belongs to Chevrolet’s 13857 model series. Its 8-cylinder, overhead valve physically aspirated engine possesses 2 valves per cylinder and holds 5.7 liters.
The 350 cu in (5.7 L) small-block V8 with a 2-barrel carburetor is the standard powertrain, providing 250 horsepower (186 kW) (gross) at 4500 rpm and 345 lb•ft (468 Nm) of torque at 2800 rpm, hooked up to a column-mounted 3-speed Synchro-Mesh manual transmission. Part of the standard equipment is front disc brakes. The dashboard is practically the same as the Chevelle’s bar the false wood trim, and superior grade vinyl upholstery with deep-twist carpeting.
It turned out to be one of General Motor’s major accomplishments, but due to the labor strike in 1970, target of 185,000 wasn’t met and only 159,341 were produced.
Available transmissions for the 1970 Chevy Monte Carlo were the 3-speed manual (350 2bbl only), 4-speed manual (350 4bbl & 402 only), 3-speed th350 automatic (350 & 400 engines), 2-speed powerglide automatic (350 2bbl only) and the 3-speed th400 automatic (402 & 454 engines).
1970 Monte Carlo pictures
1970 Monte Carlo SS
The 1970 Monte Carlo Super Sport was launched together with the base model. It was an extremely powerful option and boasted the 454ci V8 engine. It also had heavy-duty suspension, “SS 454” badging, wider tires and an automated load-leveling rear suspension. The SS had a high price tag and turned out to not be the express hit as its lower model opposite number.
Nearly all 1970 Chevy Monte Carlo SS came off the production line with the 350- or 400- cubic inch engine, but the boss was the SS454 propelled by an LS5 454/360 HP big block. Completed in Gold with a Saddle vinyl interior and a Black vinyl roof, this SS454 is fitted with tilt wheel, power steering and brakes, factory air conditioning, bucket seats, power windows, an AM/FM radio, console.
Only a little more than a similarly outfitted Chevelle SS 454 in weight, the Chevy Monte Carlo SS was relatively a speedy car, even though it accounted for fewer than 3% of Chevrolet Monte Carlos sold in 1970.