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From around 1956 until the mid 1980s, Dodge, Plymouth and even Chrysler squads were the most ubiquitous police cars in North America. In fact, the biggest department, the NYPD, used Plymouth and Dodge squads almost exclusively until the rear-drive M body car was finally axed in 1989.
The no-frills Savoy two-door sedan was home to another engine of considerable repute, the infamous 413 Max Wedge, a Super Stock monster block Chrysler introduced in the spring of 1962.
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1974 Chevrolet Monte Carlo As a contemporary homage to the classic muscle car, the 1974 Chevrolet Monte Carlo followed the letter of the law, if not the spirit. The Monte at this point in the evolution was a full-size car with a full-size engine and was trying to thwart the current emissions regulations while offering plenty of power. These early beginnings of the Monte Carlo would be very influential to the remainder of the history of the car, which would go on to be a NASCAR favorite, and known as a muscle car...gas crisis or no gas crisis, damn the torpedoes with the emissions too! For consignment, a matching numbers car with the frame, body and engine with transmission, and believed to be the original rear differential, but the tag may have been taken off for a service and never put back on, so we cannot verify this, only make an assumption based on condition of remainder of the car. Exterior This big Monte with Cream Beige enamel exterior paint, and a Landau top also in Cream Beige, presents in very nice condition. Consigner states 1 respray and some re-chrome on the bumpers, and new American Racing wheels, although 3 wire wheel cover originals will come with the car, the rest of the car remains original. Badging is all correct, and steel panels remain straight with good gaps. Interior Light Neutral Vinyl covers the front split 50/50 bench and rear bench which show nice and clean and have some vertical stitching with a 3/4 high button. Front drivers seat has an electric 6-way control for the moving the bench seat. Custom deluxe seat belts hold you tightly in place as you fly down the highway in this large cruiser canoe. Air conditioning, a tilt steering wheel, cruise control, and special instrumentation are imbedded within the very clean faux burl dash. Headliner is good, and door panels that match the seats contain the power window toggles, and drivers side mirror adjust toggle. Drivetrain A rare optioned, original matching 454ci 4-barrel V8 engine backed by a Turbo Hydra-Matic 3-speed automatic transmission, sits in an unrestored engine bay. Undercarriage A very little smattering of surface rust is noted underneath, otherwise it appears that it was at one point repainted black as some dripping is noted. Frame, floor pans, rockers and toe kicks are all super solid and structurally very sound. Power rear drum, and power front disc brakes are seen from underneath. A very much original car with a respray, and possibly an engine cosmetic redux (although this cannot be verified) by the looks of it compared to the engine bay. A rare option 454ci 4-barrel will get you up to speed nicely, while the 3-speed transmission will save you a little gas. An early survivor to the history of the Monte, all wrapped up and ready to take on a retro vacation to the Poconos, where you can rent a room with a champagne glass tub, and shag carpeting...shagalicious artichoke green baby...Road Trip!! VIN Decode 1H57Y41671049 1-Chevrolet H-Monte Carlo 57-Landau Coupe Y-454 V8 4-BBL LS4 235 HP 4-1974 1-Oshwa Canada Assy plant 671049- Production # Trim Tag Decode 74-1974 1AH57- 2DR Landau Monte Carlo 716- Light Neutral Vinyl Bench Seat 50E-Cream Beige Enamel w/ Cream Beige Vinyl Top
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