Here’s a nice time capsule to prove Dodge did sell vehicles other than loud, brash muscle cars in the ’60s.
While the most famous Monaco is a certain black and white 1974 model, the nameplate initially appeared in 1965 as a special top of the line two door hardtop with bucket seats, console and wicker door panel trim, meant to compete with the Pontiac Grand Prix.
But by 1967, it was a full range of luxurious models like cross town rivals Caprice and Galaxie 500/LTD. All full size Dodges were redesigned for ’67, riding a 122″ wheelbase. I find them pretty attractive, especially those trapezoidal taillights.
Polara and Monaco roughly mirrored Impala and Caprice, though there was a Polara 500 that came as a two door hardtop or convertible, and a coupe only Monaco 500. Polaras were a little more common than the upper crust Monaco, with 69,798 Polaras and 5,606 Polara 500s sold.
A total of 35,225 Monacos of all body types were built that year. There were an additional 5,237 even fancier Monaco 500 coupes. Standard V8 was a 270-horse 383. A 325-hp 383 was optional, as were 350- and 375-hp 440s. Our featured car is the four door hardtop, which listed for $3,275 and weighed in at 3,945 pounds. Also available were a pillared four door, a two door hardtop, and two- and three-seat station wagons.
I especially liked the color combo, with the burgundy paint, cheerful red interior and black vinyl roof, she cuts an impressive figure.
Very few seem to be around these days. I go to a lot of shows, and I’ve never seen one. Though I have seen a ’66 Polara convertible locally.
This is yet another cool car spotted on the FB group Finding Future Classic Cars. I was smitten. And immediately knew I had to do a post on it.
As the ad related: “For sale, 1967 Dodge Monoco 4 door hardtop. 383 V-8, automatic transmission 727 torque flite, 119 k on the odometer, power steering, power brakes.”
Car sat for almost 40 years in original owners garage after he passed. The car now has a new fuel tank, fuel pump, carburetor, fuel line, fuel filter and fuel sending unit in tank.”
“The car has new dual exhaust with 18 inch glass pack mufflers and chrome pencil tips out the back. The car has had transmission service done which consisted of dropping the pan and replacing the filter, new gasket refilled with quality transmission fluid, the car runs and drives pretty good.”
“New Hankook tires, new rear brakes, brake lines bled, rear diff fluid drained and refilled with Lucas gear oil, new spark plugs, plug wires, points, condenser and rotor cap, new distributor cap.”
“If post is up car is available, I will delete when sold. No cashier checks no emails, clean Colorado title in my name 6,500 or best offer.”
Car is on Colorado Springs Craigslist, with a $6500 ask. Not bad for a car not commonly seen today. And in such a nice color combination! Buy this car and watch all the people walk past the red 69 Camaros and check it out. Are you Dodge Material?
UPDATE: Between writing this post and publishing it, the ad disappeared. But two hours ago it went back up, with more pictures. So one could still join the Dodge Rebellion, if one is so inclined!