You may recognize this muscle car from the thrilling opening sequence of the popular movie The Fast and the Furious 3: Tokyo Drift, or you may simply be a fan of the old Chevys, but there is no disputing that the 1971 Chevrolet Monte Carlo holds a special place in the hearts of car enthusiasts.
While the Monte Carlo was first debuted in 1969 as an answer to the Ford Thunderbird and has since seen five generations of production. The 1971 model sold for $3416 and included verticle, slimmer headlights in comparison to the previous model, but also featured a stand-up hood ornament and an optional four-spoke steering wheel. It had a V8 engine, rear-wheel drive, and coupe style, though it was largely unchanged from the 1970 model. At first, however, sales on this model got off to a slow start due to strikes.
Four turbo-fire CID V8 engines were available which lent the Monte Carlo a range of 245-365 horsepower. In 1971, the Monte Carlo SS 454 package received a blacked-out rear body panel, which was part of the reason it was among the most sporting options. The manual transmission had three gears, though an automatic transmission and floor shift were optional.
Whether you’re a movie buff or a car lover, the 1971 Chevrolet Monte Carlo is certainly a force to be reckoned with.