Amazingly Low 12K Miles: 1988 Chevrolet Monte Carlo LS

By 1988, personal luxury cars had pretty much had a good run and fewer people were buying them. Consider that ten years before in 1978, Monte Carlo sold 358,191 cars, while by 1988 in an abbreviated year they had sold only 30,174. They sold so few that unlike the other General Motors brands, Chevrolet decided not to build the Monte Carlo in the new front wheel drive model (Chevrolet did build a Lumina 2 door from 1990 to 1994 and brought back a front wheel drive Monte Carlo in 1995). Here is a 1988 Chevrolet Monte Carlo LS (Luxury Sport) 2 door coupe for sale here on Craigslist in Phoenix, Arizona. Thanks to Barn Finds reader Pat L. for bringing this car to our attention.

The black paint looks amazing, as well as the landau vinyl roof. The car has new tires with only 1,000 miles of use with wire wheel covers in great condition. Underneath is clean and dry with no leaks. There is no rust on this car anywhere.

Inside is not disappointing either. The LS has the optional CL custom interior which included pillow type velour seating, a 45/55 split front seat, custom trim door panels, and additional sound insulation. This car also includes a power driver’s seat, power windows, power door locks, and working air conditioning. The car also includes a gauge package with tachometer, voltmeter, temperature gauge, and oil pressure gauge. The AM/FM stereo with CD player looks like a factory radio, but most likely taken from a nineties GM vehicle since they were not available in 1988 on Monte Carlo. Cassette players were the best they could do in 1988.

There is no picture of the engine, which is a 5.0 liter V-8 rated at 180 horsepower. It was mated with a 4-speed automatic transmission. The car is amazing and has less than 12,000 miles. The seller is asking $15,900. While the price seems a little high, that may be the price to pay for such a car in great condition.


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  1. Rock On

    Wow! That is one clean Monte Carlo. If that is what you are in to, this would be the one to buy.

  2. irocrobb

    I had a couple Monte Carlos back in the early 1990s and they were great driving and reliable cars. Where I live in the salt belt you rarely see one. It seems like a lot of money,but really is it ? Sure everyone likes the SS model but nice to see a LS for a change.

  3. nessy

    Boy that is a nice Monte Carlo. It’s rare to see a non SS model in this condition today. By the way, although that CD unit looks like a mid 90s model, factory CD players were available in GM and Ford cars starting with the 86 Lincoln Town Car and the 86 Cadillac but you are right, not in a Monte Carlo. I recall the first aftermarket car CD player was a Pioneer unit offered in 1983 which was also the last year for ordering a factory 8 Track on any model car. So think, in the 80s, you could go into a music store and look through 8 tracks, cassettes, CDs and records.

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  5. David Rhoces

    great shape …. but they aren’t collectible …good luck to him

  6. Bob

    Nice car but can’t get past the price!! I bought an ’87 Chrysler 5th Avenue with 18,000 original miles and in perfect showroom condition for less than half the asking price of this. My Chrysler is loaded to the hilt with options.

  7. Todd W. Maynor

    Great looking ride! I always loved the GM J body cars.

    • Ralph

      That’s nice, but this is a G.

  8. TinCanSailor

    I have an 85 LS that I bought new when I graduated college and got my commission in the Navy. I couldn’t afford an SS and the LS didn’t have a lot of options, but it was something I could afford at the time.

    Even dragging it around with me for 23 years in the Navy, I have managed to keep it in pretty similar condition to this one, albeit with 114,000 miles on it. Mine is equipped with a 4.3 liter V6, air, manual windows and seats, maroon interior, and cream beige exterior with a brown vinyl roof.

    My son has already laid claim it when I decide to get rid of it, so it is nice to know that it will continue in the family. But he keeps mumbling about putting a 383 and a 9 inch rear in it. Hmmm… Why didn’t I think of that?

  9. Darren

    I had a Silver 87 same interior . One of the most comfortable cars to drive in I ever owned .

  10. deak stevens

    Keep asking, yuo might find a sucker.insane prices.5,000 dollar car.

  11. rancoracing

    Had an 88 with the same drive train. Low on power and did not always shift properly. Later on obtained a 97 Tbird which is hands down a much better car. More power, better ride, great gas mileage.

    • Ralph

      Wow, its almost like there was a whole decade of improvement between a car that came out in 1978 and one from 1989……..

  12. Jack

    wonder why it was repainted.. at least the trunk lid was.

    • Bob

      How can you tell by the photos? Anyway, it looks like it was sold.

      • Jack

        Nameplates on the trunk lid are missing.

  13. Miguel

    I like the car but I don’t think he will get anywhere near that price.

    If I remember correctly, that was about what it sold for new.


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