Near Mint: 1984 Monte Carlo SS

The odometer on this 1984 Monte Carlo SS reads just over 91,000 miles but it sure looks like it has fewer miles than that. Bought from the original owner, this car is located in Seymour, Indiana which is about have way in between Indianapolis and Louisville. More pictures can be seen here on Craigslist where the car is listed for sale for $10,500. The SS had a special front fascia, a rear spoiler, monotone paint job and a more potent V8 engine than standard Monte Carlos.

The blue interior looks to be in good shape with no obvious flaws or tears. Frankly, the carpet looks new. The car is equipped with a column shifted automatic transmission and includes air conditioning and cruise control. The white exterior appears very nice and the seller states that the car has no rust. This Monte Carlo does not have power windows or T-tops but the AC and heat are said to work well.

The small block 305 cubic inch V8 engine looks unmolested. The standard V8 in the Monte Carlo produced 165 horsepower in 1984 but the Monte Carlo SS came with a stronger 180 horsepower version of the 305 cubic inch V8 engine. Of the total production of 136,780 Monte Carlos in 1984 , 24,050 were Monte Carlo SS versions. The current owner has replaced the factory rims with Corvette Rally wheels but states that the original wheels are available.

The Monte Carlo SS was produced from 1983-1988 and I consider it a handsome looking car. While the Buick Grand National ruled the streets for new car performance during most of this time, the Monte Carlo was more than a sticker package and was a fun car to drive. Road tests at the time clocked a 0-60 time of 8.7 seconds for a stock Monte Carlo SS. This would be a fun driver or car to drive and enjoy. Who has owned a Monte Carlo SS and can share their experiences?


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  1. Arthell64 Member

    The 83-84 is my favorite SS Monte Carlo. Only came on two colors and the best I can remember they had 373 rear gears. Bench seat on the column shift is my favorite. I prefer the blue but I like the white as well.

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    • 19sixty5 Member

      They had 3:73 gearing up to the end in “88.

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    • jerry z

      ’83-’84 had the 3.42 and ’85 and up had 3.73.

      This is one clean car!

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      • jerry z

        Treed! Didn’t see Greg C’s post.

    • Paul

      Bought a new white 83 when I moved to Florida. After driving my “black” GMC pickup with no air a white Monte SS with A/C was a treat LOL. Drove it to Michigan and back to Florida a couple times found it to be a great cruiser. Would love to have one again.

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    • Camaro guy

      My very 1st brand new car was an 84 SS i ordered mine with the bucket seats 1st year for buckets 83 had blue/white bench and T-tops didn’t become available until 1985 and the rear axle ratio was 3.42 and posi was optional in January of 84 the 200R4 transmission became available but was very weak and unreliable until mid 85 when some upgrades made it better had the car for 31 years before a garage fire took it out i really miss that car I’d still have it today

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  2. Greg C

    83-84 Monte SS only came white or blue, had a 3-speed automatic and 3.42 rear gear. Mid-84 bucket seats and a 4-speed OD automatic were optional with a 3.73 rear gear. I had a ‘85 Maroon SS new and it was a quick, cool, nice driving car and people used to give me a “thumbs up”

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  3. Miguel

    What a shame it is an automatic.

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  4. Jerry Member

    Ok its pretty sad my 2007 Solstice with a N/A 2.4 Ecotech gos 0-60 in just over 7 secs and this “SS” takes almost 9 secs!!
    But I still like the Montes body style.

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    • 19sixty5 Member

      23 years of technology improvements are obvious. I had an 87, the 3:73 rear combined with the 2:74 1st gear gives it a decent acceleration, but the 305 is wheezing in 2nd and 3rd. The overdrive was .067, so your 3:73 gear was effectively like a 2:50 or so. It was a cruiser, not a bruiser!

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  5. Timmyt

    That looks just like mine,84, bucket seats overdrive I got it minus engine and haven’t put one together yet definitely keeping the overdrive

  6. Lynn Member

    Seymour, that’s where Mellencamp is from

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  7. Randolph Dull

    I have a 1981 Malibu wagon with transplanted driveline and suspension from a 1987 Monte SS. Topped off with a TPI setup from a 1991 Trans Am. Neat little cruiser!

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  8. Bob C.

    Now here is something good that came out of the 80s. Ready to just drive and enjoy.

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  9. Miguel

    Here is an interior shot from a 1984 Mexican Monte Carlo.

    Can you spot the differences?

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    • Stevieg

      Besides the aftermarket steering wheel, I like the Mexican version. I would prefer a center console of some sort, but I am sure that can be added. Cool stuff Miguel!

      • Miguel

        Steve that isn’t an after market wheel. They all came from the factory with that wheel. It looks like the center cap has been changed though.

        Did you notice the Pontiac Grand Prix dashboard?

        All of these cars came equipped with manual windows but they did have power locks.

        Most were white but there were some blue ones made.

        These also came with a an unsmogged 350 and they were supposedly faster than the Corvette that year.

        When I find a nice original car, I will buy it.

        There are a few out there where the owners put 383 strokers in them which destroys the value for me. Morons.

      • Stevieg

        Yeah, I noticed the dash board. I think that is cool how GM took bits & pieces & made cars for other markets. I LOVE the idea of a desmogged 350! The steering wheel still does nothing for me, but taste is subjective & I am not one to knock someone else’s taste. Fascinating to me though that the General used that wheel.
        Still a little odd to me the lack of power windows when they are upgrading the seats and what not.

  10. David Ulrey

    I’d love to have this. I’ve loved them since new. I personally would put a GM crate 350 that has about 300 horses in it. I’m not worried about burnouts or being King of the road. The 305 in these wasn’t bad but I prefer just a little more Oomph. But I would properly store it’s current engine though just in case….. Hey, we all die some time and the future owner may want it completely numbers matching.

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