September 12, 2003


When people stop me in the street and scream, “Hey, idiot! Which is the most beautiful production-based racing car of the late '70s?”, I always silence them by answering: “Why, the DeKon Chevrolet Monza, sir.”

This happens more often than you’d think.

Posted by Tim Blair at September 12, 2003 04:15 AM

Well, we are talking about the 70s, so the bar is low. Therefore I guess I can forgive you thinking this monstrosity is the "most beautiful" on a technicality.

Posted by: E.A. at September 12, 2003 at 04:44 AM

I would kill the conversation by saying the AMC Pacer. (See, moms used to race them to the grocery store......ah, never mind)

Posted by: ....a moment with Easycure at September 12, 2003 at 04:55 AM

My brother used to burn rubber with my mom's Ford Pinto station wagon (lovely shade of puke-colored green).

Hey, why's everyone laughing?

Posted by: Roger Bournival at September 12, 2003 at 05:44 AM

The original DeKon Monza with it ducktail rear spoiler and subdued front air dam was vastly more attractive than the later version to which Tim Blair as has linked. For the earlier version and Blair is right.

But the first Porsche 935 isn't far behind.

Posted by: John Pearley Huffman at September 12, 2003 at 05:52 AM

What? Are you channelling Dave Barry now?

Posted by: W at September 12, 2003 at 09:42 AM

Good Lord, that's one butt-ugly car. It looks like it was put together by a blind boiler-maker with no tools.

Give me a Porsche 911 any day...

Posted by: Jake D at September 12, 2003 at 10:01 AM

Someone just took an Opel Manta and tacked on some fibreglass panels, right? Good golly, what a horrible piece of work.

Posted by: oiskin at September 12, 2003 at 10:10 AM

I had a '78 Monza. It was my pocket Camaro. The undercarriage is mostly Vega. The engine was a wonderful little V8 that barely fit in. The steering column passed so close to the engine that there was one spark plug that couldn't be readily removed. I sold that car with one original spark plug.

Posted by: Fred Boness at September 12, 2003 at 12:06 PM

It was most definitely the Hemi 'Cuda.

Posted by: LauraF at September 12, 2003 at 10:07 PM

You being an from Oz, I thought for sure you would say a Falcon.
everyone has a Falcon in Oz, don't they?

Posted by: Hugh Wyatt at September 13, 2003 at 01:58 AM

Tim, Tim,

How about the 935RSR Porsche???

Posted by: swassociates at September 13, 2003 at 07:54 AM

"I had a '78 Monza... The undercarriage is mostly Vega."
I drove one of those till '95. Sold the piece of shit to a friend for $75.00 He drove it to Mexico (from Albuquerque) 5 times w/ no oil, and when it died in Deming he sold the windshield for $100, the Fucktard.

Posted by: another tim at September 13, 2003 at 09:10 AM

Man, you people are mean to the DeKon. Regarding C&D correspondent John Pearley Huffman’s point above, here’s some shots of the earlier design.

Posted by: tim at September 13, 2003 at 10:17 AM