The Chevy Monza lived a relatively short life when it comes to automotive models. Produced from 1975 to 1980, the little Monza was positioned as a sporty alternative to the Vega. The car was supposed to have been equipped with an NSU rotary engine in ’75, but since that engine was a worse piece than the all aluminum Vega mill, it was scrapped before seeing the light of day. The car is fairly handsome and with the example we’ve found, equipped with a rare IMSA body kit, downright muscular!
If you are laughing at the idea of a Monza race car, stop. Highly modified Monzas raced in the IMSA GT series, specifically in the AAGT class. Racer Al Holbert had a Monza constructed for himself and went on to bulldoze the Porsches and every other comer in the class during both the 1976 and 1977 seasons. The two championships marked the last two for an American car in the class. It was thoroughly dominated by Porsche after that.
This car does not have Holbert’s power or trick suspension, but it does have virtually the same wild body kit that Holbert’s car had on it while racing. This car is only packing a 305 motor, so that would have to go about 13 seconds after it rolled into our shop, along with some of the interior pieces.
An all aluminum LS motor and suspension from our friends at either Ride Tech or Detroit Speed would be on tap and a WHOLE bunch of rubber for all four corners.
We dig this little monster, how ’bout you?