1981 Chevrolet Monte Carlo Overview

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My First Car by Kenny
 — This car is not much to look at, but it will always hold a special place in my heart. This car started with a weak 229 cid engine. The old 229 was replaced with a 305cid high output motor from a 85' P... Read More
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 — I've been driving a 1981 Monte Carlo for just over two years. It never lets me down, but the gas mileage always gets me. The driving is excellent, and it has little to no problems. Couldn't ask for ... Read More
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 — Great car fast and fun to drive very rare turbo car. Attracts lots of spectators at cruise nights and shows. People don't believe it is what it is. Lots of looks when i'm out driving some good and ... Read More

1981 Chevrolet Monte Carlo Overview

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1981 Chevrolet Monte Carlo

The 1981 Monte Carlo featured a completely restyled body, including vertical taillights which hearkened back to the 1970-77 models.  This body style would persist until 1988, and was similar to the other GM mid-size coupes, including the Pontiac Grand Prix.

Despite changes to its body, the engine of the 1981 Monte Carlo remained the same.  The base engine was a 229-ci V6 rated at 110 horsepower.  Two V6 engines were optional, including a 231-ci rated at 110, and a turbo-charged Buick 231-ci rated at 170 horsepower.  For those wanting the feel of 8 cylinders, a 267-ci V8 rated at 115 horsepower and a 305-ci rated at 150 horsepower were available.


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