You can always tell someone’s age by their reaction to the GM H-Platform vehicles. Baby Boomers experienced them in real-time, buying new Vegas that scared them away from GM products for decades. Older Gen-Xers experienced them as hand-me-downs or purchased used by parents still determined to Buy American. I’m young enough to have no personal connection to Vega/Monza/et al, but was raised by stacks of Motor Trend that taught me that if it’s rear-wheel-drive, manual and a V8 it must be pretty good. Rationally I know this Monza is terrible, but on some level I want it proven to me. Will the wheel come off in my hands? Will the doors fail to seal?
Today’s example has has appears to be somewhat hotrodded, despite keeping the 307 onboard. For the effort, dropping in a 350 in any condition would’ve been a better starting point. That said, the carb, intake, cam and headers could all be swapped over to a better motor easily. It’s got a four speed, refreshed suspension, brake upgrades off an S10 and a 2.93:1 limited slip rearend. It’s a decent setup that’s probably quick enough to be fun to drive.
You know how “rat rod” type builds are supposedly all about using whatever parts are easily available, prioritizing performance over looks? This is the ultimate rat rod: a car that no one respects, but could easily be built to shame “cooler” vehicles. Embrace the terribleness; add horsepower; achieve greatness.