1980 Chevrolet Monte Carlo Radiator

The 1987 Chevrolet Monte Carlo, Chevy's rear-drive personal-luxury car, dropped its base model and got slightly revised taillights.

The 1987 Chevrolet Monte Carlo was offered in LS and SS models. The 1987 Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS came in notchback coupe and fastback Aerocoupe versions.

The Aerocoupe was a limited-production special first seen for 1986. Only 200 were built to qualify the design for use in stock car racing. For 1987, production was somewhat less limited: a total of 6052. Standard engine in the 1987

Chevrolet Monte Carlo

LS was the throttle-body-injected 4.3-liter V-6, now making five more horsepower for a total of 145. It was backed by a three-speed automatic transmission.

Optional for the LS was the base 5.0-liter carbureted V-8 making 150 horsepower. It was tied to a four-speed automatic; this transmission was optional on the V-6. The 1987 Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS models again got the H.O. carbureted 5.0-liter V-8 with 180 horsepower.

The 1988 Chevrolet Monte Carlo became Chevy's sole remaining rear-drive six-passenger coupe. This was the result of Chevrolet discontinuing its full-size Caprice two-door body style after 1987.

The 1988 Chevrolet Monte Carlo changes included the addition of a four-speed automatic as standard. And the fastback Aerocoupe version of the The Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS was history. Just over 30,000 Montes were built in this swan-song season, more than half being the SS version.

After a run of some 19 years, the Monte Carlo nameplate was retired -- or should we say, granted a leave of absence. Go to the following pages to see how the name would be resurrected in the 1990s to grace a rather different sort of personal-luxury car.