Several instances of published material in the print media have included
errors regarding the different generations of the Chevrolet Monte Carlo.
These errors, while not noticeable to the average person, are obvious to
true enthusiasts. This site is dedicated to "setting the record
straight" and seeks to educate viewers as to the correct generational
breakdown of the Chevrolet Monte Carlo. The pictures and information in
the succeeding pages will give the viewer the ability to spot each
generation -- and each year -- of the Chevrolet Monte Carlo.
One particular article (in the December 2000 issue of CHP) elicited many
comments and strong reactions among those of us on the Monte Carlo
Mailing List (www.monte-list.nu). Several attempts (via phone and Email)
were made to reach the editor and writer of the article regarding the
errors, but these correspondence attempts went unanswered.
Below are excerpts of several letters written to CHP.
Dear Jeff Smith and Jason R. Sakurai,
After reading several posts on the Monte-list (www.monte-list.nu)
regarding your recent Monte Carlo Spotters Guide (December 2000
issue...but this is only November...), I considered writing you a note
expressing my dismay; however, as a fellow journalist and knowing it is
more "professional" to read the article and then reply, I purchased an
issue and read the article. Unfortunately, the reviews on-list were
correct. To me, the entire article has the attitude of "darn, I have to
write a Monte Carlo article", as opposed to "Yes! I get to write an
article on Monte Carlos!"; a rather "unprofessional" approach to writing.
I am not requesting a "rah rah" article (especially since
views/likes/dislikes differ greatly between the various Monte Carlo
generations); however, any magazine with the word "Chevy" in its name
ought to be more "supportive" of what had been Chevrolet's #1 seller
before its demise after 1988. Such "support", in my opinion, includes
more space (the article is just barely 3 pages long) to more fully and
accurately describe (and picture) the various changes in the years.
Below are 4 quotes from the article with my responses to illustrate my
frustration with your lackluster article.
QUOTE #1 (p58, 1st column, 1st paragraph below 'from the beginning'):
"Styling cues like the vertical taillights and the incredible six-foot
long hood made it instantly recognizable."
While I agree and actually like this quote, I find it ironic that the
author mentions that the Monte Carlo is "instantly recognizable" when he
does not have all of the generations correct.
QUOTE #2 (p60, picture caption): "Here's an example of how the ungainly
'76 Monte can be face-lifted with a set of Cragar S/S wheels and a
True, the 2nd gens are quite large, but UNGAINLY? Is this caption
implying that the only way to make a 2nd gen look "ok" is to dress it up?
By the way, the picture confuses the reader further: note the stand-up
hood ornament emblem AND the grill emblem. 1976 MCs had the emblem on
the grill; 1977 MCs had the stand-up hood ornament emblem.
QUOTE #3 (p62, picture caption): "The '81 Monte picked up the scoop-nose
treatment that began to make the third-gen [FOURTH, NOT 3rd gen] Monte
start to look decent. With a dechroming, big tires, and about a
foot-lower stance, these cars could look good."
START to look decent? COULD look good? Dechroming? Is this caption
suggesting that the factory chrome must be taken off to make this car
look good? OR, is it suggesting that the '81 had less chrome than the
QUOTE #4 (p63, 1st paragraph below 'reprise', talking about the
95-99ers): "For the production car, interior space was greatly improved
over previous models...making the Monte much more of a driver's car".
Are you serious? Are you implying that interior space is what makes a
car a "driver's car"? To me, interior space (other than what you need to
be able to drive comfortably) has *nothing* to do with making a car a
"driver's car". A "driver's car" has the power, performance and the
looks that make you WANT to drive.
I appreciate your time and attention.
Cort Stevens (Monte-List "Resident Young Stickler")
CD's Chevrolet Monte Carlo family:
G2(1973-77) b12/98...76...SECND 76...Blacky [triple black]
G3(1978-80) b10/92...79...MCUBS 79...Green Machine [light green]
G4(1981-88) b12/99...81...CJCJS 81...Family Tan Man [tan]
GX(1995-99) b??/??...98...*4-door MC! (would-be daily driver)
G5(2000-0?) b10/99...00...CDS GNR 5...Green Hornet [dark green]
G6(200?-??) b??/??...0?...*V8 & RWD coming?!
RIP(b1976, d84)...76 buckskin tan..."my" car/1st 76
RIP(b1993, d97)...88 gray...silver bullet
RIP(almost b00)...72 red/tan...red baron
As of this writing (January, 2001) no response has been received from CHP, either via e-mail,
in print or to telephone calls.