Few vehicles deserve the title “time capsule,” but a four-decade old car with fewer than 4,000 miles on the odometer is worthy of it.
“First year of the G-body SS,” the listing states. “3,361 original miles. The car is super clean inside and out. Still smells like new inside.” At 40 years old, this Monte Carlo is still about as fresh as they get.
The Monte Carlo two-door coupe was classified as a “personal luxury car” when it first went on sale for the 1970 model year. All G-body cars including the Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme, the Pontiac Grand Prix, and the Buick Regal evolved into their fourth generation beginning about a decade later in 1981. Then in 1983, the Super Sport variant launched with added the special ingredient to the formula: The L69 High-Output 175-horsepower 305cid small-block V8 mated to a three-speed automatic transmission.
Added equipment with the SS package included sport mirrors, dual exhaust, a special F41 suspension package, and more. The included window sticker for this car shows an original retail price of $12,763 including destination. This car was highly optioned from the final assembly plant in Arlington, Texas and was originally delivered to Bob Porter Chevrolet-Oldsmobile-Pontiac in Ligonier, Indiana.
The original owner paid a little extra to get power door locks, tinted glass, power windows, a power trunk opener, color-keyed floor mats, air conditioning, cruise control, a ComforTilt steering wheel, and an AM/FM/cassette stereo. While mostly stock in configuration, this MC has been updated with an upgraded Atomic/MSD fuel injection system and later-model 17-inch wheels. The car’s original four-barrel Rochester carburetor and 15-inch wheels are included with the sale.
According to production numbers listed in the book Standard Catalog of American Cars by Ron Kowalke, there were exactly 4,714 Monte Carlo SS units produced for model year 1983. There definitely can’t be many left in this kind of condition, so it’s worth a closer look for any collector.
The seller is asking $35,000 or best offer for this near-new Monte Carlo.