So last night I was chatting to a mate who currently owns 17.1-litres of Chevy muscle, including a new 7.1-litre Big Block Chevy engine (which he's planning to supercharge and stuff into his current 5.7-litre V8 Pontiac Firebird), plus a 4.3-litre Chevy pick-up I couldn't care less about... What Alex said to me was this: "After nearly two years of looking I've found my dream muscle car..." While I don't pretend to know much about such matters (it's retro BMW and Porsches for me, thanks), my mate's quite the authority when it comes to muscle cars (he's even got a Chevy tatoo!), so I thought I'd take a closer look at the Chevy Monte Carlo SS he was on about. And then I remembered one of my favourite films, Training Day, which featured just that car, and this great, nay epic scene featuring the soothing soundtrack of a certain Doctor:
Now we're all feeling like proper gangsters, let's dig deeper to see what makes this 1979 third-gen Monte Carlo a fan-boy's favourite:
EngineYup, it's a V8 obviously, 5.0-litres in displacement which produces a pitiful 190bhp and 240lb ft of torque. Apparently it's the "presence" and "cruisability" of the thing that matters here, however, not the shove. Whether you agree is another matter...
The LookHey, if it's good enough for Alonzo Harris (Denzel Washington) then it's good enough for me. In fact, I think the Monte Carlo looks brilliant. It's edgy, as aerodynamic as a brick on a brick and thanks to that massive boot, the ideal set of wheels to store bodies, drugs and an array of weaponry. Getting hoes in the back is all the rage too, apparently, but I'm no gardener... And lest we forget what the Monte looks like when hydraulics are employed. Yup, that's pretty special, I'm sure you'll agree:
The Ultimate Muscle Car?It's not fast and it's not powerful. What it is, however, is the perfect car to listen to Dr. Dre in while you wile away the miles in comfort and utter style. Something tells me though, that I'd look like a complete pillock behind the wheel. Which is exactly why the Chevy Monte Carlo is indeed the ultimate muscle car. But let's not end this on a bum note shall we? Actually, why the hell not?
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