For Sale: 1985 Chevrolet Monte Carlo in Ft Worth, Texas

Vehicle Description

The last of the V8 rear-wheel-drive Monte Carlo SS coupes have a strong following, and they seem to be the right muscle car for guys who have outgrown their Camaro fixation. This low-mileage 1985 Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS is a very tidy example that's been well-maintained but not modified (sans the wheels), making it the one to own if you've been looking for one of these cool coupes.

To my eye, Black Cherry was the most attractive of the SS colors, since it shows off the stylish Monte Carlo shape as well as the unique SS details without hiding them in a plain black or white paint scheme. It looks to have been repainted at some point, and that paint is in very good condition showing only light signs of age and the urethane ground effects and bumper covers aren't damaged or cracked. They left-off the requisite SS stripes and by doing so showed remarkable restraint (we think the look is much cleaner this way), with the subtle chin spoiler and lip spoiler on the trunk lid doing most of the talking in the aggressive department. According to the clean vehicle history report it does not appear to have ever been hit and it's certainly not rusty, and with the way those giant doors fit, there's little doubt that this is a solid car in all the areas that matter. Some of these cars got T-tops, but for a solid structure and a quiet interior, a hardtop like this is what you really want. It has lived its life under the conscientious eye of just 3 owners since new (and the first owner didn't sell the car until 2019), and with only 45,101 actual miles on the clock, it's obviously always been treated as a weekend car, and because it was always garaged the dreaded tin worm is obviously a non-issue. For such an affordable car, this one's in really great shape.

Most SS models got the same GM burgundy cloth interior, but obviously that wouldn't be overkill with the burgundy exterior, so this one thankfully carries gray cloth seats instead, lending the formal Monte Carlo a bit of a sophisticated character inside. As you might expect from the low mileage, the upholstery is in excellent condition with only very minor signs of use and age on the driver's seat that looks incredibly clean. Headliners were always a problem on these cars and they tend to sag after a few years, but you'll be pleased to learn that the headliner is nice and taut, and the only issue inside are the stress cracks on the dash - a common occurrence on GMs from this era. The Monte Carlo came loaded, and this car includes power windows and locks, A/C, a tilt steering column, and cruise control, all befitting its luxury car heritage. The original Delco radio is gone, replaced by a retro-style AM/FM/AUX stereo that was professionally installed so the dash wasn't all hacked up to get it to fit. And as the last of GM's big rear-wheel-drive luxury coupes, it offers a spacious back seat and a cavernous trunk.

Chevy's 305 cubic inch small block V8 was the only engine available for the Monte Carlo SS, and in 1985 it used a 4-barrel carburetor to make 180 horsepower and a nice wallop of traditional V8 torque. Despite being one of the most modification-friendly engines ever created, this one remains almost entirely stock which is good news for guys who value authenticity. Speed Tek long-tube headers and a black open-element air cleaner were added to the otherwise superclean and stock engine bay, and everything is tidy and well-maintained. Backed by a stock 2004R automatic overdrive transmission and acceleration-friendly gears, it's surprisingly quick around town, yet cruises along on the highway at high-speeds with ease. The undercarriage is quite original but shows no obvious signs of trouble, and features a stock 35mm rear sway bar, new coil springs and shocks all around, and power steering and power front disc brakes that help this SS drive like a dream. The soundtrack has been dramatically improved via an H-pipe dual exhaust with throaty Speed Tek mufflers that turns down just before the 10-bolt rear end. Finishing off the look, this dialed-in SS wears cool Ridler wheels (stock Rallye wheels are offered with the sale upon request) wrapped in Toyo performance radials.

We sell every one of these we can get our hands on, so there's obviously a strong following out there. Clean, well-maintained, low-mileage Monte Carlo SS coupes are getting harder to find all the time, so don't delay, call now!

Vehicle Details

  • 1985 Chevrolet Monte Carlo
  • Listing ID:CC-1523607
  • Price:$28,995
  • Location:Ft Worth, Texas
  • Year:1985
  • Make:Chevrolet
  • Model:Monte Carlo
  • Exterior Color:Black Cherry
  • Interior Color:Gray
  • Transmission:Automatic
  • Odometer:45101
  • Stock Number:5003-DFW
  • VIN:1G1GZ37G4FR211904

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