Monte Carlo SS: Ending the Oil Embargo in Style
When the 1980s rolled around and the oil problems and energy crisis began to dissipate, the Big Three automakers, GM, Ford, and Chrysler, began turning away from fuel efficient gas sippers and slowly began to reintroduce cars with a little power under the hood.
Cars started to get exciting again, especially as the Big Three released a few cars that paid homage to the muscle cars from the pre-energy crisis years. Automakers started using V6 and V8 engines because fuel was available. As the decade moved on, Detroit car makers even started to add turbo into the mix, too.
Around 1983, powerhouses started to show up on dealer lots. Some even had labels that harkened back on the muscle car years. One such powerhouse was the 1983 Chevy Monte Carlo SS. It had been a long time since any car was branded a “Super Sport,” so when Chevy released this car it made a bold statement. This beautiful car came with a European look with color-matched bumpers and mirrors, as well as a sexy, angled fascia and grille. The rear spoiler made the car look as fast as the V8 engine could move it. The Chevy Monte Carlo was popular with everyday drivers as well as Nascar racers.
Buyers who were not Chevy fans could buy similar cars from the other manufactures. The Buick Regal Grand National was another hit with people who wanted to go fast. The Cutlass Supreme was another of the shovel-nose cars that looked fast, but the Oldsmobile version was slightly calmer than the Buick and the Chevy. The Pontiac Grand Prix from the same years was the last choice in this body style, even though it was fast, there were not models that could compete with the SS and the Grand National for speed and style. Ford’s competing model was the Thunderbird, which did come with a powerful turbo and sleek front fascia. Chrysler was busy doing other things that year and did not release anything that directly competed with these modern hot rods.