Hooniverse Wagon Wednesday – A 1979 Chevy Monza Wagon

Welcome to another edition of Wagon Wednesday. I was cruising around on the web over the holiday weekend and I came across an interesting web site, and I thought I would share it with you. So, what do you think a business named Ted’s Tuna Boats would be selling? Hint…. it’s not Tuna Boats!

Ted’s Tuna Boats specializes in Large Cars. Some are running, some are not, and some can never be called large cars, like this Monza. According to the listing:

This Monza was born and raised in Colorado. Thus, it is nearly rust free and in nice original condition. V-6 runs and drives quite well. Very low miles. Nice color combo. Auto trans with A/C, tilt wheel, and p/s and brakes.

It may look like a Vega, and that is exactly what the body originally was. Fortunately, this has the Buick V-6 instead of the Aluminum 4, which makes a world of difference. So what is this rear wheel drive, V-6 equipped, 2-door wagon going for? Try $3,950! See the listing here.

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  1. tonyola Avatar

    Chevy did all sorts of weird swappage in the late '70s in order to get rid of Vega stuff. In 1978, they offered a Monza S Hatchback which was nothing more than the previous year's Vega hatch with a Monza nose. Only a few thousand were built but it was a pretty cynical move. You could also get this wagon as a Pontiac Sunbird Safari.
    <img src="http://i52.tinypic.com/24cdzlk.jpg&quot; width="400/">

    1. Peter Tanshanomi Avatar
      Peter Tanshanomi

      I'm sorry, but that nose was just wrong on everything. Anything called a "Monza" should have quad square headlights.

  2. B72 Avatar

    Love the original Vega styling. The Monza nose – not as much.
    <img src="http://carphotos.cardomain.com/ride_images/3/2970/421/32422710001_large.jpg&quot;, width=500>

    1. tonyola Avatar

      Chevy could have at least given it the soft nosecone, like they did for a couple of years with the regular coupe.
      <img src="http://i54.tinypic.com/b6ax6s.jpg"&gt;

      1. Peter Tanshanomi Avatar
        Peter Tanshanomi

        Oh, man. I had totally forgotten that they offered the coupe with the quad rectangular headlights. Remember our discussion of irrational H-body lust from Hoonicast #1? Now I have to want one, too.
        Although I think I could just as easily go with an H-body Sunbird Formula coupe.
        <img src="http://monza.homestead.com/files/77SunbirdFormulaSportCoupe.jpg"&gt;

  3. muthalovin Avatar

    Delicious. Pretty decent price, but I am going to kill the day perusing Tuna Boats.

    1. Mr_Biggles Avatar

      Agreed. I have wasted a bunch of time there already. There are some fantastic boats that are nicely priced to be fixed up a bit and driven as is.
      While I'm always interested in eyeballing the fully restored stuff, it's the cars that have seen some abuse over time but still beg to be daily drivers that I really want.

  4. dukeisduke Avatar

    As a two-time Vega owner, I'm pretty familiar with these "Megas" ("Vonzas"?). The hatchbacks were pretty weird – a Vega body with a Monza front end, an Iron Duke four, Vega taillights, a Monza steering wheel, emblems, and wheelcovers, and chrome-plated steel bumpers in place of the Vega's aluminum ones. I still prefer the '76-'77 Vega front end to the Monza one.

  5. CJinSD Avatar

    A few days ago, I was driving through a small town called Orange in Virginia when I spotted a Vega wagon parked outside of a convenience store. I was tempted to stop and gawk at it, but I was already running late. Seeing a Vega V8 conversion wouldn't have been a shock, nor would seeing a Monza powered by an Iron Duke or a bent Buick 6, but this looked like a stock Vega wagon. I should have stopped and taken pictures, because finding a running 140 would be pretty miraculous.

  6. ZomBee Racer Avatar

    I rather quite like it! And the price is reasonable enough to be tempting.
    However I'm irrationally smitten with the 60 Fury wagon!! That's the kind of car I prefer for daily drivers. I'd throw in a new motor, a new seat-cover and possibly a new lightbulb or two just to keep the cops at bay.
    And oh cool, they even have a '67 Polara!! (looks out to driveway – sigh) I really need to pull that transmission someday… such an easy @#$% fix that I just don't want to deal with again. (Curses TCI)

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