At $18,999, Could This 1987 Chevy Monte Carlo SS Show You The Aero Of Your Ways?

Nice Price Or Crack PipeIs this used car a good deal? You decide!

Today’s Nice Price or Crack Pipe Monte Carlo is for all intents and purposes practically brand new. Let’s still see if the price on this Aero Coupe ensures that it gets old fast.

The general consensus around the $2,500 price tag on yesterday’s 1982 Kawasaki AR80 cappuccino racer was “for that much I could get so much more.” Of course, we’re forgetting the old adage that good things come in small packages and equally that you don’t always have to supersize everything. In the end that seeming inequitable inadequacy drove the vote to a 63 percent Crack Pipe loss. You’re just going to let Kawasaki roll those good times for someone else, I guess.


As I noted yesterday, the AR80 was an attempt to go toe to toe with a competitor, in that case the Honda MB50. Another attempt to fight the good fight was Chevy’s Monte Carlo Aero Coupe, a special edition of the long-running nameplate sold over the 1986—1987 model years as a way of bringing the car up to par on the NASCAR circuit with Ford’s then spiffy new aerodynamic Thunderbird.

The changes for the Aero Coupe were focused on the notchback rear end. There, a new shorter trunk lid provided room for an elongated rear window, canted at a 25° angle, and which reduced the car’s coefficient of drag from a brick-like .375 to a slighty less brick-like .365.

Minor rant by the way while we’re back here: if we’re calling front trunks “frunks” shouldn’t we call back trunks “bunks?” Ack, never mind.


NASCAR rules demanded 300 cars to qualify as production and that’s just how many Aeros Cars and Concepts of Brighton, MI built for Chevy the first model year. In the next, production was brought in-house and a further 6,052 were moved. By then the writing was already on the well for the body-on-frame RWD G-body platform and for ’88—the fourth generation Monte’s last year—no Aero Coupe was offered.

Here we have a 1987 Monte Carlo SS Aero Coupe, in Dark Maroon Metallic with a maroon cloth interior. This being an ‘80s car, the SS badging was more for show than for go, but it’s totally working it.


The engine is an H.O. 305 V8, which puts out a factory-claimed 180 horsepower. Yes, “High Output” and “180-bhp” combined is pretty much a joke by modern standards, but this is what we all had to work with back in the day. A 200-4R four-speed automatic came standard, and here is operated through a console-mounted shifter.


These cars were not fast, they did not handle particularly well, nor were their disc/drum brakes really up to modern standards in stopping prowess. Still, the cars are damn pretty and for Saturday night cruising or a mad dash to Vegas, you could do far worse.


You might not want to be taking any long trips in this SS however, as one of its big selling points is its extremely low miles. That’s 9,786 at present and the car shows in the ad as though it hasn’t travelled even that meager distance. The body, interior, and engine bay all present as-new. In fact, the only flaw seemingly evident is a missing cigar lighter next to the HVAC controls. Also, show of hands, who misses glorious red interiors? Yep, that’s what I thought. Me too. Let’s pour out a 40 of Ocean Spray in their memory.

The SS Aero Coupe (which by the way, would be an excellent name for a ship) is perhaps the most badass looking of all Montes, what with its cool folded back glass and Endura front clip. The chunky alloy wheels add to the aggressive style, and these all look to have never met a curb, a good thing. Also, do you want overhang? Because we’ve got overhang! Car’s today generally lack this once common bit of generous proportioning, much to their loss.


The ad says that the paint on the car is “almost perfect” and that “[T]his baby starts up everytime and runs like the day it came off the showroom floor.” There’s no word on whether the low miles were accomplished through judicious use or simply years of having been squirreled away, but either way there doesn’t seem to be any major issue here from lack of use.


The price is a cool $18,999, and before you start in on what else that kind of cash could buy, understand that, yes, we know that the fungible quality of money allows for its discretionary dispersement.

What we want to know is whether, for someone who’s into such things, this Aero Coupe is worth that $18,999 price. With that in mind, what do you think: should someone pay that much cash for this SS?


You decide!

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