Like everything else in the automotive world, cars can be built on different levels of goodness, craziness, or stupidness. When we see some guy with multiple superchargers stacked up through his hood, or a car with eight turbos on it, we immediately kind of shut off. Maybe we’re getting old or whatever but that stuff seems pointless. It’s when we see cars like the one shown above and below that our little hearts go aflutter. Why? This is a simple, nice little car that would be super fun for anyone to own and the best part is that you could enjoy it regularly.
The Monza made a great looking pro stock car in its day, which immediately means that it makes for a great looking pro street car. This one has the requisite big Mickey Thompson meats on the back, a six point cage, a Detroit Locker equipped 9″ Ford axle with 4:11 gears and an automatic transmission. The engine makes us smile because it is old school. You are looking at a .040 over 283ci Chevy small block powering this health hatchback down the road.
The mill has a dual plane intake manifold on it, headers, and not a whole lot else. Let’s say it is making around 300hp. That’s an area where improvement could be had and we’d do it with a nitrous bottle and about 100hp worth of tuning on it.
This is not the fastest, most trick, or perfect car. It’s priced right, it’s cool, and it’s something we’d cruise all summer long.