Chevrolet has built its fair share of impressive sports coupes through the years, and these include models such as the Camaro and Monza. The Monza was a short-lived model in the Chevrolet lineup, but it is a model that can't be forgotten easily, seeing it has a close comparison to the likes of the Ford Mustang II. The Monza was a sporty ride that was unfortunately short-lived due to fuel economy and compliance issues in 1980. However, that doesn't mean that it wasn't great for the majority of its existence.
The 1977 Chevrolet Monza was quite different from the first-ever Monza, which was released in 1975. The 1977 model is a 2+2 hatchback with the availability of two new Spyder option packages. The 1977 Chevrolet Monza stands out for its impressive engine upgrade and optional packages that were not offered on its predecessors.
For its immense automotive significance, let's take a closer look at the best features of the 1977 Chevrolet Monza.
The 1977 Chevrolet Monza Has An Impressive Powertrain
The first-ever base model of the Chevrolet Monza was launched in 1975. It features a 2.3-liter engine, which wasn't hugely impressive. As the production years went on, the Chevrolet team took it upon themselves to upgrade the engine so that it could offer a true sports car experience.
For 1977, the only engine available for the Monza was a 5.0-liter V8, which could cough out up to 145 horsepower. This power offering was a huge upgrade from the original 84, which most likely would have made customers extremely content. However, this engine was only around for this model year, as in 1978 the production of this Vega 2.3 aluminum-block engine came to an end and its replacement was the Pontiac 2.5 "Iron Duke".
The Cool Color Options Of The 1977 Chevrolet Monza
Asides the standard model, the Chevrolet Monza was also available in a few other upgraded trims. During its five-year existence, the Chevrolet Monza lineup included a special edition Mirage model as well as the Monza Spyder. The Mirage was a special edition for 1977 and only 4,097 models were produced by the team at Michigan Auto Techniques (MAT). MAT took to painting the Mirage edition with white, red, and blue racing stripes that sat along the length of the car.
Moreover, the Spyder edition also added more color excitement to the Monza lineup in 1977. The Spyder name was originally for the 1962 to 1964 Chevrolet Corvair turbocharged models. Yet, Chevrolet took to bringing the name back for the Monza range.
The Monza Spyder was born in 1976 and then, features a 2.3-liter engine, performance equipment, a sport steering wheel, rear stabilizer bars, special shock absorbers, and some other small appearance items.
For the 1977 Monza, Chevrolet made extensive changes to the Spyder package and made it available for all 2+2 hatchbacks. The decals of the Spyder models were dependent on the body color of the Monza on order. For the 1977 model, there were four color combinations that include mixtures of blacks, whites, and golds.
The Available Packages Of The 1977 Chevrolet Monza
In 1977, Chevrolet took to introducing two new packages for customers to add on the Monza for an additional cost. In fact, most of the models that were made in 1977 consist of these packages, which proves that they were popular.
The first of the packages was a performance equipment package, which had the name Z01. This package would set the customer back $274 and includes multiple appearance upgrades. The Z01 comes with a center console, custom steering wheel, sport suspension, BR70-13 radial tires, and special badging. The details were small yet distinctive, especially in comparison to the other available package.
The other package was the Z02, which would come at an additional cost of $199. The Z02 appearance package came with a bolder and darker look thanks to its blacked-out trim.
The other available package was, of course, the special edition Mirage. The Mirage vehicles were built in General Motor's St. Therese base before being sent to MAT for modification. These 4,079 models feature aerodynamic hatchback bodies. Consequently, these became popular in drag racing due to the enhancements that enable the Mirage to perform better than the original base model of the Monza.
Putting all the production figures together, there were a total of 73,348 units of 1977 Chevrolet Monza ever made. This consists of 34,133 units of Towne Coupe models and 39,215 units of 2+2 Sport hatchbacks. Surprisingly, of all the Chevrolet Monza models, the 1977 model was the lowest ever produced. The model with the highest production number is the 1980 model, with 169,418 produced in total. However, this was when the Monza saw an issue with emissions-compliance and thereafter, the Chevrolet Monza was no longer in production.
Overall, there is a lot to love about the 1977 Chevrolet Monza. From its impressively large engine to its appearance packages, it certainly looks and performs much better than its predecessors. The special editions and available packages are probably the most impressive part of the 1977 Monza lineup, as no other model years saw such transformation.