Pick of the Day: ’72 Chevrolet Monte Carlo, personal luxury in Grinch green

Credit: Original article published by Classic Cars Journal.

By this time in the holiday season, many people reach a point where they’ve heard enough jingle bells on the radio and are ready to move on.  Still others can’t seem to get enough. 

Either way, very few people will get through the month of December without remembering the old Dr. Seuss tale of The Grinch and his two-sizes-too-small heart.  The Pick of the Day is a green-on-green 1972 Chevrolet Monte Carlo that evokes a Grinch-like vibe with its color scheme.  All that’s missing is a road trip to Whoville.

The Monte Carlo was classified as a “personal luxury car” and only sold as a two-door coupe.  It first launched for the 1970 model year, sharing a platform with Pontiac’s Grand Prix.  Though the Monte Carlo had a hiatus between 1989 and 1994, it lived on until being discontinued after model year 2007. 

A private seller in Crown Point, Indiana, is advertising a particularly nice Monte Carlo on ClassicCars.com.  Showing its factory Gulf Green paint job, the car is said to be all-original. 

The seller is proud of the car’s condition: “Everything works including the A/C.  Every light, gauge, mechanical and electrical all in perfect working order.  An amazing time piece in amazing condition.”

The seller indicates that the Monte Carlo has new Cooper Cobra raised-white-letter tires and a new exhaust system.  The undercarriage has been undercoated, and aside from a bit of surface rust on the driver rear quarter, the body is clean.  Even the vinyl roof (in matching green, of course) appears to be in good condition. 

For model year 1972, Chevrolet offered four different engines in the Monte Carlo.  Power for this example comes from a 5.7-liter (350cid) V8 paired with a column-shifted three-speed automatic transmission.  The most performance-minded Monte Carlos in the first-generation series came equipped in SS trim, with a 454-cubic-inch big-block V8.

Cosmetically, the car’s nose was reworked slightly in 1972 to move parking lamps further out on the grille.  The Monte Carlo would get a fully redesigned body for the following model year.

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Stepping inside the cabin, a green-cloth bench seat up front provides lots of leg room, and the woodgrain-trimmed instrument cluster helps convey the sense of luxury that Chevrolet was going for.  Instrumentation includes a 120-mph speedometer, a fuel gauge, and an analog clock. 

Whether or not your perspective on holiday cheer aligns with the ill-tempered Grinch, this Monte Carlo would make a memorable sleigh ride to get you through the season.

The seller is asking $18,900 or best offer.

To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day

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