Parked for Years: 1985 Chevy Monte Carlo SS

This 1985 Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS is said to be in fair condition despite sitting for many years. It looks like someone put on a car trailer and forgot about it, but the more likely scenario is the seller wanted to keep it out of harm’s way while he decided what to do with it. Whatever the scenario, SS Montes remain prized by the bowtie faithful, but whether a needy one is worth the investment is up for debate. Find it here on eBay with an opening bid of $3,500 and no action yet.

The Monte Carlo has somehow remained a collector’s item despite there always seemingly a few available for purchase, many of which are still in collector-grade condition. This begs the question as to why you’d pick up a needy example like this, other than the thought of rescuing an 80s icon is a mission you feel the obligation to complete.

The interior is a highlight, as it appears to remain in decent condition. However, the tell-tale signs of broken accessories and electronics meddling may spook some buyers who realize this is clearly someone’s unfinished project. The seller says the Monte Carlo runs and drives and has rust in all of the normal places where corrosion likes to hide on a car like this.

The body sports its share of dents and clearcoat fade, which is to be expected for anything that’s been sitting for years. The seller notes he can file for a duplicate title for the Monte Carlo, which will likely help settle some of the fears out-of-state buyers feel with cars like this. Of course, even with the correct title, this Monte Carlo may still be headed for parts car status in the future.


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  1. Will Fox

    Sorry; all I see is about $1000. worth of old junk Monte Carlo…

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    • slickb

      Then why did you waste everyone’s time posting???

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      • brianashe

        Isn’t that the purpose of this site?

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  2. LARRY

    My cousin just sold one like this ( same year, color and interior, running good) for $2500

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  3. jerry z

    NY car, how much rust is underneath. Body mounts were notorious for rotting out on these cars.

    • Ian C

      As well as the rear frame rails themselves.
      I bought a real nice one (I thought) with a built small block and perfect body and interior. Thought it was a real good deal until I put it on the lift at work. My own fault for not checking them before handing over the money.

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  4. Superdessucke

    Terrible photos that would be embarrassing in a Craigslist ad, much less eBay, where most people post good photos. So it’s hard to get any real bead on the car.

    From what we can see, it looks like it’s been heavily modified, and needs a lot of work. With mint low mileage examples not even hitting 15k, I don’t see the point.

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