1973 Chevrolet Monte Carlo review

The 1973 Chevrolet Monte Carlo was introduced in the second generation and wasn’t a hardtop anymore, but rather a pillared coupe with frameless door glass and rear side opera windows. It is a Chevrolet passenger car, having rear-wheel drive, a front installed engine and a 2-door coupé body design. A 3-speed automatic gearbox transmission provides power for the wheels.

The modified design featured dual headlights with vertical taillights above the bumper and an egg-crate grille and Monte Carlo emblem in front. It had Pliacell shock absorbers, front and rear anti-roll bars, radial-ply tires, high-caster steering as standard features.

Chevrolet Monte Carlo 1973

A new Chevy model for 1973 was the Chevrolet Monte Carlo Landau, which boasted Landau vinyl roof, driver and passenger side sport mirrors and Turbine II wheels.

The Chevy Monte Carlo 1973 broke previous sales record for Chevrolet, and hit a highly impressive 290,693 Monte Carlo sales in three trim levels: the scarce sport coupe, bestselling “S” coupe, and a Landau sport coupe for the model year.

1973 Chevrolet Monte Carlo review

1973 Chevrolet Monte Carlo specs

The 1973 standard engine for the Monte Carlo was a 145 (net) horsepower (108 kW) 350-CID (5.7 L) Turbo-Fire V8 engine. Optional engines were a 175 (net) horsepower (30 kW) 350-CID V8 engine with a 4-barrel carburetor and a 4-barrel carbureted 454-CID Turbo-Jet V8 engine with output at 245 (net) horsepower (183 kW).

Outstanding styling features incorporated dual headlights bordering an egg-crate grille with a Monte Carlo emblem in front and upright taillights on top of the bumper. The front bumper was a huge federally stipulated 5 mph (8.0 km/h) bumper that was with the requisite 1973 federal safety standards for all passenger vehicles sold in the United States with the 5 mph (8.0 km/h) prerequisite extended to rear bumpers on 1974 models. Likewise new was a dual-shell roof for better noise cancellation and rollover security together with the flush-installed pull-up external door handles.

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1973 Chevrolet Monte Carlo specs

For superior handling and drivability, the 1973 Chevy Monte Carlo boasted a good number of improvement for instance, standard radial-ply tires, high-caster steering, Pliacell shock absorbers and front and rear anti-roll bars (formerly optioned with the SS package alone). The standard Chevrolet Monte Carlo 1973 with manual transmission, maintained “conventional” steering and bias-ply tires, but the radial-tuned system was built-in when the automatic transmission was available, named the Monte Carlo S label.

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Motor Trend touted this model as the “Car of the Year” owing to its fresh styling and prominence on Euro-style drivability and handling.

1973 Chevrolet Monte Carlo interior

The interior of the 1973 Chevy Monte Carlo boasted novel, curved cockpit-style gadget panel, electric clock, a standard split bench seat was, although the “Strato Bucket” seats of a new style were optional, together with a floor console having a similarly new shifter with knob and button comparable to Pontiac’s Rally Sports Shifter substituting the Buick-like horseshoe shifter of preceding years, and a storage box. The bucket seats were a one-piece high-back style with integrated headrests, cloth and vinyl trims were offered with both the bucket and bench seats.

1973 Chevrolet Monte Carlo interior

 

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