Generation 1: 1970-1972

These years comprise the beginnings of the Chevrolet Monte Carlo line.

This was Chevrolet's "personal" car, developed in response to other vehicles such as the Ford Thunderbird, Buick Riviera and Pontiac Grand Prix. The first generation of Monte Carlo was based on a very conventional platform, but sported a six-foot long hood: one of the longest ever designed for a prodction automobile.

It had a 116 inch wheelbase but the long hood and the overhang in front of the wheel well made it appear even longer. The first generation Montes came with a variety of drive train options, including the SS454 which was rated at 360 hp and available only with automatic transmission. although this option was only available for the 70 and 71 model years.