Swivel Seats: 36k Mile 1975 Chevrolet Monte Carlo

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The Monte Carlo was one of those few larger cars whose sales didn’t suffer in the wake of the 1973 OPEC oil embargo. Production of the 1973-77 Colonnade era Monte Carlos was more than double that of the original 1970-72 generation (average/year). Since the ’74 editions were the best sellers (to date), Chevy left well enough alone in ’75 and didn’t mess with the car. This ’75 version looks good, but the seller calls it a project because it’s been sitting up for a long time. Located with a dealer in York, Pennsylvania, this Chevy can be had by meeting the seller’s reserve, which is north of the current bid of $5,000 here on eBay.

At first glance, this Monte Carlo doesn’t look like it needs much. But it will require attention to the fuel delivery system as it will only start and run off an external gas can. For whatever reason, this Chevy has been laid up, so the gas tank and fuel lines likely need flushing out and the carburetor cleaned or rebuilt. If the claimed 36,500 miles is to be believed, perhaps this was Grandma’s car and she stopped driving years back and the car has sat unused since.

The color combination of this car is slightly interesting. The vinyl top matches the interior, but both are more of a pea-green color rather than dark green. Perhaps the top is a bit faded and in cleaning up the car dying the top might help improve its appearance This Chevy had standard fare for the day, a 350 2-barrel V8, automatic transmission (TH-350?), power steering and brakes, and factory air conditioning (I’m not sure a belt is present so it may be in-op). The car also has those cool swivel bucket seats which remind me of the late 1950s Chryslers.

If the reserve isn’t too high and the work required is not extensive, this could be a really nice find. Chevrolet built nearly 259,000 Monte Carlos in 1975, and the number would continue to rise to 411,000 copies before the 1978 redesign came about. A detailed production history of U.S.-built cars can be downloaded from productioncars.com.

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  1. Yblocker

    These were ugly, look like a big fish or something, the first one’s were much more tasteful

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  2. Howie

    Same seller as the 64 Sport Fury.

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    • Yblocker

      I’ll take the 64 Sport Fury

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      • Harry 1

        Whats ugly to you is a gem to me. Wished I lived closer. Like to own it and bring it back to its glory. Great car. Drove one. Would love one again.

        Like 6
  3. Zen

    It’s possible it’s a low mileage car by looking at the interior. If it is, it’s neat and with the swivel buckets, console, tilt and cruise, it would be a very nice car to have. The only thing I would miss is electric windows. It would really be something if it had the optional 454 and sunroof.

    Like 12
  4. Brian

    Looks like a fairly solid car. I do like the round headlight version better than the later stacked headlight models.

    Like 3
  5. Al camino

    The interior in this is stupid ugly

    Like 8
  6. Sam

    Lots of surface rust around that rear window frame. Being a Pa. car I’d for sure check for bubbles under that TARP ROOF.

    Like 4
  7. Walter

    I’ve always liked these. More than the previous or later editions. Might go for a good price. Trailering it home really isn’t an option for me. Hopefully it finds a good home.

    Like 3
  8. CCFisher

    Both the interior and vinyl top have faded a great deal. The green interiors on these mid-70s Monte Carlos were very bright, and I believe the green vinyl roofs were, as well.

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  9. JoeNYWF64

    I wonder why swivel seats weren’t avail on camaro or full size chevies in the ’70s.

    Like 1
  10. Anthony Gaby

    Try to find “another” with that interior.. I have a ’75 Chevelle/Malibu with that same color insert and sage green. Mine was base model built in Canada..the interior is very rare and hard to find replicated.. I love it ..A lot of this ’73-’77 A body cars left the roads due to oil embargo…And a lot became NASCAR drivers as well as “foundations” for the “upgrades” on putting a ’50s car back on the road.

    Like 3
  11. Angel_Cadillac_Diva Angel Cadillac DivaMember

    I’ll take the ’73 Cadillac Eldorado next to it, or maybe that gold colored convertible next to the Caddy. Looks a bit like an early 70s Chrysler.

    Like 2
    • DanL

      Or that 1970 Chrysler Convertible

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  12. ampdoc Dan V

    First year for catalytic converters .

    Like 2
  13. Chris Cornetto

    I had several of these. One was fully optioned with a moon roof. I sold that car to a guy I know years ago and he did nothing with it. It still sits, pitifully in his collection of stuff but years of outside and leaky windows have made it far from the turn key enjoy cars it was when he got it out of me. I like this car, green, funky 70s. I regret selling the one aforementioned.

    Like 4
    • Pete O'Con

      Those that had one of these cars in the 70’s knows how nice and smooth these drove. I put a post about 74 I had. But I think a lot of people base their opinion on their looks while not knowing how nice these truly were. Leg room, and driver comfort.

      Like 3
  14. George Mattar

    Butt ugly green interior. I had a Mahogany on Mahogany 76 Monte with swivel buckets. Paid $1,800 for it in 1983. Drove it another 100,000 miles. One of the most reliable cars I ever owned. Miss it terribly.

    Like 5
  15. Pete O'Con

    I can understand all the negative comments about the MC’s but these were a dream to drive. I had a 74 and man with the bucket seats, tilt steering and smooth glide suspension, etc.. I was comfortable. I had the 350 ci and if I remember correctly was 150 HP, so take off and acceleration was very adequate. I put in a high quality stereo in it and was seriously impressed with this car for quite a few years.

    Like 3
    • Scott Fairgrieve

      I had a “triple” black 75. Swivel buckets, 454, TH400. Worked at a Chevy dealer at the time it showed up at the lot. Traded in a 1969 Olds 442 on it! Took it to well over 135 mph with the 3:02 rear end. Loved the swivel buckets. Lol

      Like 3
  16. Mike

    I had a ’74, best car I ever owned abd the biggest regret ever selling it. #1 on my bucket list to have one again.

    Like 2
  17. Al McCarthy

    Through high school I bought and sold 26 1973 to 1977 Monte Carlo’s although my favorite and daily driver was a 74 white with black interior loaded with the swivel buckets 350cid no moonroof.
    Too bad someone ran into me and totaled it.

    Like 1
  18. Car Nut Tacoma

    Beautiful car. 1975 has always been my favourite year for the Colonnade style Monte Carlo.

    Like 0
  19. PRA4SNW

    SOLD for $7,501.

    Like 0

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