1983 Chevrolet Monte Carlo Convertible
In 1976 there was a mass exodus of auto manufacturers to rid
themselves of the convertible as an offering in their lineups. Due
to life moving at a faster pace, speed limits up, most cars coming
through with an A/C option, and the litigious nature of the
American Public it was essentially a forgotten option for a time
period between 1976, and 1983. Enter creative teams like Chapel
Hill Conversions who actually are responsible for 12 Monte Carlo
Convertibles from the 1983 model lineup, and a few other
aftermarket converters, and the resurgence became a grassroots
movement that eventually led to convertible being a viable option
in all lineups.
For consignment, a one of 12 conversions by the Chapel Hill
Conversion company who took it upon themselves to chop the tops off
of 12 1983 Monte Carlos and we give you one of those examples.
Otherwise the standard Monte Carlo Model from 1983, and ready to
turn the key and enjoy the airflow!
From 1983 square and rectangle design from GM for this Monte.
Panels are straight, paint is good, and it is white and a respray.
A rearward facing hood scoop is on this bonnet, all black trimmings
for the surrounds and decal badging, neoprene integrated body
matching bumpers front and rear, and a front spoiler in black give
it a racy look. Sleek from the top chopped it is topless, and
literally so, as the top is currently in un-useable condition and
will need replacing for the frame and canvas. For what it's worth
it was burgundy canvas to add to the color scheme of the interior
of this car which presents in burgundy velour. 15-inch cast
snowflake styled wheels are wrapped by blackwall tires on all 4
A swing of the doors and we see molded vinyl panels, some tuck and
roll and lower burgundy carpeting peppered with shiny toggles for
windows, power locks and a mirror joystick, as well as the lock
golf tee on the sill. Inside tufted broadcloth velour in deep red
covers the inserts of the wide comfy seats. Burgundy vinyl is on
the bolsters and s chrome trim piece is at either side of these
chairs as an accent. A rear bench is present and accounted for and
also looking good. These chairs are all floating in a sea of black
carpeting in good condition. A burgundy molded plastic dash with a
black instrument cluster dash front insert and all original rally
gauge package gauges is fronted by an NRG rally steering wheel
wrapped in red thread stitched leather. A/C is within the confines
of a center panel in square format, as well as an aftermarket JVC
AM/FM/CD radio. Without the presence of the black tonneau cover you
can see the work done to complete the transformation to the
Under the hood within the confines of an unrestored but clean
engine bay sits a 305ci V8 topped with a single 4-barrel Edelbrock
carburetor and backed by a TH350 3-speed automatic transmission.
The rear axle gladly accepts this mill and tranny combo of power
and is a 10-bolt 2.29 cruiser rear axle.
Some surface rust on the frame can be seen as well as patina and
some road dirt throughout. Power disc brakes for the front and
power drums for the back and headers from this engine snake
rearward through a stainless steel exhaust system.
A quick starter, and good acceleration with the 4 BBL Edelbrock
topper this car handled the test track and all its paces with ease.
Snappy braking, and smooth cornering with little roll even with the
structural mods that took place from the conversion. It was nice to
have the wind in my hair and the sun on my bald spot! I did notice
the A/C was not working, and after further inspection there are
some functioning parts removed.
From 1983 The Chevrolet Monte Carlo Convertible ...and that's a
term not often heard or seen. Looks are good on the paint front,
and the interior is clean and original from 1983. Top will need
replaced, but a mechanically sound, rarely seen version.
37-2 Door Coupe
H-5.0L V8 145hp
R-Arlington, TX Assy Plant
246906-Sequential Unit Number
06A-1st Week June Build
ST 6737-Monte Carlo 2 Door Coupe
BDY R122791-Arlington Body #
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barn find collection is on display.
This vehicle is located in our showroom in Morgantown,
Pennsylvania, conveniently located just 1-hour west of Philadelphia
on the I-76 Pennsylvania Turnpike. The website is
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