Classic Car Watch
Grand Prix and Monte Carlo

NOTE: This column displays cars I have found on the Internet. I am not selling them. Please follow the links if you are interest in a car. Be mindful of the date this article was published. For an explanation why I do this read the original column here.

January 1, 2013
By Scott Lewis

Last month's triple white Grand Prix got me looking at them. I also had to go back to why I even look at the Grand Prix in the first place... because it is the cousin to the Monte Carlos. I love the 70-72 Monte.

Have a look at the cars below. Some of them I really would travel half way across the country to see in person if I has cash to spend. Maybe in the summer... if my son's college bill doesn't bankrupt me.

1976 Pontiac Grand Prix SJ - $11,900 --> $9,900

Description: Runs and drives near perfect. Super clean, rust free body, Southern car per owner. Appears all original with 79,999 miles. Factory 400CI V8, 3 Speed Auto, AM/FM radio, power windows, locks & seats, cruise control, tilt and air conditioning. PS, PDB. Really nice car that is turn key and ready to cruise.

Source: Showdown Auto

Found: 11/18/2012 (1/1/2013)

Comments: Last month I showed this car... and it kind of inspired me. As I said last month, I owned (hand me down) a 76 Grand Prix in triple black. I stumbled on this car again and saw the price came down $2,000.

I wonder how low they would go. Too bad I don't have $6-8K to make a cash offer.

1976 Pontiac Grand Prix - $10,500

Description: 1976 Pontiac Grand Prix SJ, surviving classic, 1 owner, 100% orig. paint & int., 400 V8 auto, 44,112 act mi., orig. window sticker & title. This one owner car is 100% orig. paint beautiful untouched original white interior, 400 V-8's matching motor, orig. belts, hoses, never painted or detailed, clean as a whistle, always garaged since new. GM special order front custom grille resembles a Cadillac Seville. The original owner claimed he had to wait for this special order option. The nice part is that the original factory grille is right behind this one, all you have to do is remove it the outer part. Solid orig. body that has never seen a paint shop. Rock solid orig. floors, frame and under carriage. No rust or repair, orig. spare tire and jack, orig. spatter paint. This SJ model comes with orig. window sticker, orig. title, bank contract. Outstanding orig. example, 1 owner, low mileage car that is well below market value.

Source: Carroll Street Auto

Found: 1/1/2013

Comments: Wow... another white 76. Low mileage, and one owner. I like. This one lacks power windows and air conditioning, but half the mileage. Also, this one does not have the half vinyl roof. I like it!!! I didn't think I would, but it looks sharp. The mention a custom grill... but it looks the same as the other white GP above.

1969 Pontiac Grand Prix - $9,495

Description: Matching Numbers 400ci motor with RAM AIR 3 camshaft and RARE factory headers. LOADED WITH OPTIONS (including an extremely rare POWER TRUNK RELEASE option). All documented in original Window Sticker! Automatic transmission. VERY ORIGINAL and UNMOLESTED CAR that has had one recent repaint. Sanded to bare metal and repainted with base-clear coat in excellent condition throughout! Original interior in excellent condition. Rally gauges with clock. Runs-Drives ABSOLUTELY BRAND NEW like you bought it right out of the showroom floor.

Source: WeBe Autos

Found: 1/1/2013

Comments: I see nothing special here. The descriptions makes me take pause. But I wouldn't mind seeing this car in person.

1972 Chevrolet Monte Carlo - $10,750

Description: 1972 Chevrolet Monte Carlo Life Long Southern California Beauty. Correct Medium Blue Metallic Finish, New Vinyl Top, Excellent Dark Blue Interior, Only 63,xxx Actual Miles, Always Garaged and Pampered, Original 350 V8, AT, PS, PB Ice Cold Air, Correct Detailed Rally wheels with Brand New Radials, New Exhaust, Brakes and Tune Up, Runs, Drives and Looks Sweet, Great Solid Survivor.

Source: Bob's Classics for Sale

Found: 1/1/2013

Comments: The reason I look at the Grand Prix it because I really like the Monte Carlo... and I had a Grand Prix. Mostly, because it is a cousin to the Monte Carlo. So here is my near perfect Monte. Blue on Blue with a black vinyl roof. We just need to replace that bench seat with period correct buckets and console.

1972 Chevrolet Monte Carlo - $16,995

Description: One Owner 1972 that's so shockingly clean you'll mistake it for a restored car. With the original build sheet, protect-o-plate and owner's manual, this one has just about everything you're looking for. Code 56 Cream Yellow might not be creatively named, but it sure looks great on the big Monte Carlo bodywork. This car was already amazingly clean to begin with, and the factory-issued body panels remain much as they were when the car was new, with no issues and even gaps all around. The black vinyl top is correct as well, and it's finished with correct Monte Carlo script at the C-pillar. Excellent bumpers, like-new taillight lenses, and polished stainless trim all remains in first-rate condition and ready for show. Factory A/C, power steering & brakes, and an AM/FM/cassette stereo make it easy and comfortable enough to drive every day without concessions. The engine is the original #'s matching 350. Reliable and relatively thrifty (compared to the 454 anyway) it was the standard engine in the Monte Carlo. Chevy Orange paint, a correct air cleaner, and a recent detailing that includes proper hoses, tower hose clamps, and lots of new parts all make it a highly accurate engine bay. It starts quickly, idles smoothly, and moves the luxurious coupe with ease, and thanks to a dual exhaust system it has just a bit of a muscular tone. The chassis is quite original and shows its Georgia roots and exceptional ownership history because it hasn't been modified in any way. It's not detailed for show, but you won't find a cleaner, unmolested Monte Carlo anywhere.

Source: Streetside Classics

Found: 1/1/2013

Comments: This car looks super clean. I am not a huge fan of yellow, but it looks really nice here set off against the black vinyl roof. Price is a bit steep for me, but I would love the change to check this car out in person.

1970 Chevrolet Monte Carlo - $17,995

Description: With just two owners from new, it's a neatly preserved piece of GM history. Refinished in the original Code 58 Autumn Gold, it looks great rendered in two-stage urethane, complete with pinstripes on the dramatic squared-off fenders. The chrome is excellent, and the black vinyl roof looks almost new with no signs of age and certainly no rust underneath. The bucket seats flank a center console fitted with GM's famous horseshoe shifter, and every flat surface on the dash, console, and door panel has been covered in faux burled walnut, which does indeed give it an upscale feel. The steering wheel is showing its age with a few cracks, but things like the dash pad, instruments, and door panels are original pieces in remarkably good shape. Luxury goodies include cold A/C, an AM/FM/CD stereo system (admittedly aftermarket), and plush carpets that keep the interior suitably quiet. Totally original and unmodified, this smooth-running powerplant is ideal for the Monte Carlo's personality. It's sporting, with a great muted V8 rumble, but luxuriously unobtrusive when you're just cruising. Brand new A/C compressor converted to use R134a refrigerant. It appears to be wearing original Chevy Orange paint, although the Z/28-style valve covers and open-element air cleaner are obvious changes. It's linked to a TH350 3-speed automatic, and as a full-sized car, it got a 12-bolt rear for durability.

Source: Streetside Classics

Found 1/1/2013

Comments: Gold is nicer than yellow, but tan interior??? Also this one is a little more expensive. But this car and the yellow one above are at the same dealer, so maybe they can be looked at side by side.

1972 Chevrolet Monte Carlo - $12,900

Description: 1972 Monte Carlo with black exterior black vinyl top and Rally wheels. The interior is black vinyl with bucket seats full console and floor shifter. The engine is a V8/402ci with a 3 speed automatic transmission. Factory options include power steering power brakes A/C (not hooked up) and an AM/FM stereo.

Source: Classic Auto Showplace

Found: 1/1/2013

Comments: Triple black, big block, console!! Need I say more.

1970 Chevrolet Monte Carlo - $12,995

Description: This 1970 Chevrolet Monte Carlo 2 Door Notchback has a 400c.i. 2BBL V8, Automatic Turbo 350 (#s Match) Transmission, 12 Bolt Rear w/ 3.08 Limited Slip, P. Steering, P. Disc Brakes, One Repaint, Nice Finish & Chrome, AM Radio, Seat Belts, Factory Air Conditioning (Converted to R-134), Black Halo Vinyl Roof, Spare & Jack, Correct Gobi Beige Exterior (Paint Code-50B), Correct Black Cloth Interior (Trim Code-748), Rally Wheels w/ Radial Tires, Appears to have Original Floors, Quarters, & Fenders, California Built & Sold Car! Believed to be 78,xxx Miles! Original Owners Manual, Ownership History, Receipts, Build Sheet, Runs & Drives Fantastic! What a Great Classic Monte Carlo w/ History!!

Source: Fast Lane Classic Cars

Found: 1/1/2013

Comments: Another yellow car. The 400 is a small block, as apposed to the 402 big block in the triple black car above. This could make for a nice project engine. I would be curious how much mileage I could squeak out of a car like this. Add an overdrive transmission and fuel injection and see if we can't try to approach 20 mpg on the highway.