If there's one type of car we can always count on to be
collectable, it's the pace cars. The combination of performance,
history, pedigree, and a connection with fans makes them perennial
favorites, and this 1995 Chevrolet Monte Carlo Brickyard 400 Pace
Car is a great example. Number 40 of only 400 built and showing
just 742 original miles (not a misprint), this is as close as
you're going to get to investment-grade.
The Pace Car package added $2195 to the price of the Monte Carlo Z34, and it included all the awesome things that you get with a pace car: decals, the top performance engine, and just about every option available. Of course, as a collectors' car, this one has led a charmed life, spending 99% of its time in a climate-controlled environment. For the past 20 years, it has been on display but carefully maintained, so it runs and drives beautifully but the original paint, decals, rubber, and glass are all in showroom fresh condition. There might be a few signs of aging that are completely inevitable, but for most folks, this is essentially a brand new car. Heck, the grease pencil marks are still on the glass! The Brickyard 400 decals are bright and well-adhered, with no cracking or peeling, and the design is familiar, having been penned by the same stylists who created the Corvette pace cars just a few years later. The overall look is tasteful but high-impact, exactly what you want from a pace car, and we'll wager that when you show up with this Monte Carlo, you'll have the only one.
The tan leather interior is likewise all original and pretty much in new condition. Leather seats with special embroidery to signify the pace car connection are joined by embroidered floor mats, making it feel special inside. The rest is standard Monte Carlo, which isn't a bad thing, because it brings all the comfort and convenience features you'd expect from Chevy's top-of-the-line passenger car. The A/C still blows cold, it's equipped with power windows, locks, seats, and mirrors, plus cruise control, and even a tilt steering column. The rear defroster was a $164 option and the power driver's seat added $260 to the final tally. It also comes with an AM/FM/cassette stereo, which was probably one of the last years such a thing was available and it still sounds decent to our ears today. There's also a rather large trunk that has probably never carried anything beyond what the factory put there.
The Z/34 option included a 3.4 liter DOHC V6, which was an impressive performer in 1995. GM was finally getting with the program and this engine as much as any other signified the General's look to the future. It runs beautifully and remains 100% stock, so the idle is smooth and it drives like a new car. If you like survivors, this is a slam-dunk, because everything, including belts and hoses, is factory-issue. Fluids have been changed due to time, not mileage, and it is exercised regularly to keep everything fit and trim. The 4-speed automatic overdrive transmission offers quick shifts and easy highway cruising, and the Z/34 option upgraded the suspension, so it's sporting without being harsh. Special white 16-inch alloy wheels were part of the Pace Car kit and wear their original 225/60/16 Goodyear Eagle RS-A radials.
Fully documented and expertly preserved, this Monte Carlo is an investment waiting to happen. We can't say when or how much, but the fact that pace cars never last long on the showroom floor strongly suggests that there's a hungry public out there looking for the best of the best. Call now!