The wow factor begins at the top, which has been chopped 3 inches. To accommodate the chop, the windshield is leaned back and custom glass has been made for the rear and side windows. The remainder of the body is equally sleek, with shaved door handles and emblems, custom-fitted ground effects, a filled and smoothed firewall and custom-made inner fenders. The slick body is covered in a striking two-tone paint scheme using PPGs Concept paint in black and Torch Red hues. A matching Torch Red finish covers the cars filled and smoothed frame, which has received as much attention as the body. The rear suspension consists of a 9-inch rear end accompanied by Hotchkis control arms and Bell Tech coil springs. Hotchkis tubular upper control arms are found up front, along with modified lower control arms, Bell Tech dropped spindles and coil springs, plus urethane bushings, air ride at all four corners, 12-inch Wilwood disc brakes all around, as are the black chrome wheels. A car this wild needs a standout powerplant, so a 502-inch crate motor with a Polished Street Performance TPI setup fills the space under the hood. Its also painted Torch Red, and features a host of polished aluminum accessories. The Engine is fed from a custom Rock Valley fuel tank, and cooled with a Griffin radiator. A Richmond six-speed directs power to the rear end with the help of a Centerforce clutch and Long shifter. While 50s customs typically had cabins filled with tuck-and-roll Naugahyde, this G-body features contemporary trimmings stitched in red leather by Specialized Auto Interiors. Passengers sit on four modified Corvette seats that flank a full-length custom console. All control knobs (headlights, power windows, air conditioning, etc.) generally found on the dash or doors are now hidden either in the console or behind a black panel on the dash. A custom gauge panel houses the Auto Meter Ultra-Lite instruments, while an early 70s GM wheel helps steer the Monte. Vintage Air climate controls (fitted behind the dash) keep everything cool.
The Pick of the Day is rare because it has never been modified nor driven into the ground
Pick of the Day has been driven only 751 miles since it rolled out of the dealership’s showroom.
The Monte Carlo Intimidator Edition was a limited-edition trim package that celebrates the late NASCAR champion Dale Earnhardt
Here’s a sleeper they’ll never see coming, a 1972 Chevrolet Monte Carlo that looks more like a disco-era bar crawler than a performance machine.
I was inspired for the Pick of the Day by the season-ending race for the 2016 Sprint Cup series, when Jimmie Johnson won his seventh championship.
On February 14th, 1972, I was turning 9 years old and living in Boulder City, Nevada.
The 1970s was the funkadelic decade when folks did the hustle in bell bottoms and drove around in “personal luxury coupes,” best exemplified by the Pick of the Day.
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