An awesome Monte Carlo spotted in Ylivieska fitting my current theme of muscle cars in Finland 😎
The Chevrolet Monte Carlo is a two-door coupe manufactured and marketed by Chevrolet from 1970 to 2007 (non-continuously), encompassing six generations. Chevrolet marketed the Monte Carlo as a personal luxury car, with this one being a second gen 1974 model year. The first four generations of the Monte Carlo were of a rear-wheel-drive, V8-powered coupe design, using body-on-frame construction.
Second generation Monte Carlo was introduced in 1973. Like other GM mid-size cars, the Monte Carlo was no longer a hardtop, but a pillared coupe with rear side opera windows and frameless door glass. Prominent styling features included an egg-crate grill with a Monte Carlo emblem in front and vertical taillights above the bumper.
The '73 Monte Carlo was named Motor Trend's "Car of the Year" due to its new styling and emphasis on Euro-style ride and handling. The 1973 Monte Carlo set a new sales record for Chevrolet, with nearly 250,000 units sold. The success of the Monte Carlo led to introduction of dozens of new personal luxury coupes from competitors.
The 1974 Monte Carlo, as on the pics, received minor detail changes from its 1973 predecessor, most notably a revised grill in the front, new taillights and a shorter trunk deck that carried the relocated license plate. Then the Arab Oil Embargo happened in late 1973, which literally crashed U.S. sales of standard and large cars in favor of smaller Japanese compacts. However, the 1974 Monte Carlo went the other way on the sales charts by setting a new sales record of over 300,000 units and leading in its class, despite the long lines at gas stations and record-high fuel prices.
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