Live out your 1980s NASCAR fantasies with this amazing 608 mile Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS

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The Camaro and Corvette might be the best-known Chevy performance cars of the 1980s, but if you were a NASCAR fan when Dale Earnhardt and Darrell Waltrip were pounding ovals, you’ll definitely have a thing for the G-body Monte. Carl.

The third generation Monte built between 1981 and 1988 used the same platform as the Olds Cutlass Supreme, Pontiac Grand Prix and Buick Regal, and like those cars it was a more personal luxury car than a road burner, at least in its basic form.

But starting in 1983, Chevy offered an SS version, with sporty color-coded bumpers and trim, a new, slightly more aerodynamic nose, and a 305-cubic-inch (5.0-litre) V8 with a modest 180 hp (183 hp). In 1987, when the car pictured here was built, it still produced the same power, although Camaro buyers that year had the choice of a 215-hp 305 cubic V8 or a 225-hp 350 (5.7) ch if they opted for the IROC-Z.

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The SS isn’t the fastest bowtie muscle car, then, but it certainly looks the part with its sinister black paint, red graphics and deep alloy wheels. We’re not so sure about the burgundy velor interior, but it certainly screams “1980s.” And with just 607.8 miles on the odometer, this car will truly deliver an authentic 1980s experience. It has had only one owner from new and has recently been serviced and recommissioned, ready for sale.

Air conditioning, a full set of electricals and factory-fitted cruise control mean you can go slow in style, and while it’s not the much rarer Aerocoupe fastback body style developed to crank up NASCAR speeds and offered in 1986 and 1987, many would prefer the classic formal look with the nearly vertical rear window.

Missouri-based classic car dealership Daniel Schmitt & Co. has the Timewarp Monte for $59,900, which seems like a decent value considering that an example of Chevy’s turbo-V6 cousin Buick Grand National ( admittedly more powerful) with similar miles on the clock sold for over $100,000 recently. And in the end, it doesn’t look all that different from the highly collectible Buick GNX, and one of those with less than 1,000 miles would set you back over $200,000.

Would you take this Monte Carlo rather than a Camaro from the same era? Leave a comment and let us know.

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