My formative years pre-discovering girls were made up of mostly Lego and cars. Obviously, until I was 17 I couldn’t drive them, but I could read about them. Books were fine, but they were too full of opinions and inaccuracies. They didn’t necessarily depict cars how the manufacturers would have wanted. So I started collecting brochures, not obsessively in a Pokemon collect ‘em all way, but if it was interesting, I’d take it. I’ve probably, embarrassingly harvested a few thousand brochures, which serve to bow my study floor quite impressively.
And now, providing they’re no larger than A4 size and therefore fit on my scanner, I’d like to share some of them with you.
Roadwork is a budding automotive publication written, shot and laid out by Chris Haining, aka “RustmyEnemy”. Simply put, the caliber of his work is astonishing, more worthy of your attention than whatever you were just reading. Haining’s exploits around the UK and abroad can be read in their entirety in the full .pdf issues of Roadwork, which he’ll send you if you email him directly here. He posts individual pieces on his personal blog: roadworkuk.blogspot.com
Starting with a lil’ sumthin sumthin for all you across the pond, today I present the ’77 Chevy Monza. The H-Body was whored out across the whole of GM but we’ll concentrate on the one with the bow tie.
So, fire up the database, or rather grab the Standard Catalog off the bookcase and let’s go configurating.
I’m gonna go for Towne Coupe spec, I was always a glutton for a notchback, at $3359, plus $224 for the 305 4bl V8 with its almighty 140 low compression horsepower. I’m feeling that I need to make the most of all that thrust, so another $244 nets me a five speed manual box. Awesome.
Time to dress her up a bit with the Spyder equipment pack at $430, including that radical spyder decal on the bonnet. Keep cool inside with a/c at $424, and crank up the 10CC with an AM Stereo Tape Player at $196.
Yeah, that oughta do it. Rustys’ Monza weighs in at $4877, or an inflation adjusted $17,545.21. That’s 11,300.59 dear old English quid.
If I’m honest, I probably would have had the Oldsmobile Starfire instead, especially in Firenza trim. But I don’t have the brochure for that. I was born four years after this brochure was published and here I am torn as to which H-Body I should have bought, if I had lived in America. If anybody knows a good therapist…