87 Monte SS - library
Now for some non-greasy entertainment.
Not every car enthusiast collects car magazines, but I've been doing just that since before I got my learner's permit. I was fascinated with the cars of the 1960's & 70's, having grown up during those decades; regrettably though, I was just a bit too young to fully appreciate these marvelous machines. So, I haunted garage sales, yard sales and flea markets, spending my allowance on boxes of magazines from a bygone era.
Now, for the first time, I'm sharing a portion of what I've collected over the years with the world. Why? Well, first and foremost, I think these might be of interest to my visitors. Secondly, I've come to realize that print media tends to become increasingly fragile as time marches on. I had never even considered this before. It has become obvious that if I want to re-read these in my "golden years" (assuming I survive that long) I'd better do something before all these resources crumble into dust.
When these magazines were printed, they were never intended to last 30 years or so. Secondly (and more importantly), I think some enthusiasts might be interested in how their favorite marques were judged against the competition, by the journalists of the day. In an effort to archive my collection, I've undertaken the massive task of scanning, consolidating and retouching most (eventually all) of my magazine collection. Between oily thumbprints, ink bleeding and ancient mailing labels, through torn and missing pages, this process (as imperfect as it no doubt is) is painstaking. To that end I am somewhat limited in the quality of documents I can upload to this site. The full size documents included herein are only a fraction of their full size archival versions.
Bandwidth is expensive, so I can only share documents large enough to be legible not full the full size ones I am archiving. Even with these limitations, I hope visitors won't be too disappointed by the quality of my documents.
1983 Monte Carlo SS
Here's one of the first glimpses I got of the Monte SS from 1983.
1984 Monte Carlo SS
Here's a two-page rundown from Hot Rod Magazine circa 1984.
This was the big one. I must've read the following article 100 times at least as I "saved my pennies and I saved my dimes," as the Beach Boys once sang. Alas their legendary 409 was long gone by this time. It looked like I'd be stuck with a four speed (automatic) single-quad, open diff 305. If I'd had the money, I'd have gone for the buick, but it was just too rich for my blood. The next-hottest looked to be the Monte SS, so that's what I went for.
I grew up digging Camaros like this. During the Malaise era of the late 70's affordable performance came one of two ways. The Camaro Z-28 or the Pontiac Trans Am. The 'Vette was still around too, for those who could afford the payments and insurance.
1978 Camaro Z28
After meekly testing the waters with a "tape job" in 1977, Chevy got serious again a year later. Sweet!