The third-generation Chevrolet Monte Carlo debuted for the 1978 model year, offering buyers a thick slab of American luxury at a time when rising fuel standards put the hurt on U.S.-spec passenger vehicles. One particularly well-preserved example just recently sold on eBay with a mere 8,506 original miles on the odometer, proving that these old-school throwbacks are still very much appreciated.
The 1978 Chevrolet Monte Carlo in question started life as a daily driver, but the owner managed to keep the vehicle in “immaculate condition,” storing it off and on for some 36 years.
While new fuel standards forced the third-generation Chevrolet Monte Carlo to shed upwards of 800 pounds and 15 inches in length compared to the preceding second-generation models, this coupe is still as big as a modern full-size luxury vehicle, measuring in at 108 inches for the wheelbase, over 200 inches in overall length, and nearly 72 inches in overall width.
One look will confirm: this is a big, boxy, boat of a vehicle, with just two doors and what appears to be miles of metal. There are new tires in the corners, and no rust on the body, with the polished chrome trim playing well with the burgundy paint.
The original engine looks mighty clean as well thanks to a recent detailing. Under the hood, this Chevrolet Monte Carlo mounts the optional 305 engine, which offers more punch compared to the standard 231 cubic-inch V6. The 305 mates to the optional automatic transmission, and according to the seller, it drives “like a new car.”
Moving inside, we find one-piece wall-to-wall carpeting, which was offered as standard with the third-gen changeover. Decked out in bright red, the interior of this Chevrolet Monte Carlo shows nearly no wear or fading, from the bench seats to the dash.
“Last year the car was taken to five car shows, it received four trophies,” the seller writes in the description. We believe it.
It’s rare to find an unmolested third-gen Chevrolet Monte Carlo with such low miles, and we’re happy to see others appreciate it as well. The final selling price for this particular 1978 Chevrolet Monte Carlo was set at $10,100.