Dodge Monaco
Production 1965-1977 (full-size) 1977-1978 (intermediate) 1990-1992 (full-size)
Class Full-size
Body Style 4 dr Sedan
2 dr Hardtop
Length 213.3 in (5,420 mm)
Width 80 in (2,000 mm)
Height 56.4 in (1,430 mm)
Wheelbase 121 in (3,100 mm)
Weight 4460 Ibs
Transmission 3-speed manual

4-speed manual

2-speed automatic

3-speed automatic

Engine 318 cu in (5.2 L) V8 (Canada)

383 cu in (6.28 L) BV8

440 cu in (7.2 L) RBV8

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The Dodge Monaco is an automobile that was marketed by the Dodge division of Chrysler Corporation. Introduced as the flagship of the Dodge product line, the Monaco was introduced for 1965 to replace the Custom 880, later superseding the Polara model line. During its production, the Monaco was offered in multiple body configurations, including two-door and four-door hardtop sedans, four-door sedans, two-door convertibles, and station wagons.

From 1965 to 1977, three generations of the Monaco were produced with the full-size Chrysler C platform. For 1977 and 1978, Dodge shifted the Monaco to the intermediate Chrysler B platform, effectively downsizing the model line. For 1979, the model line was redesigned and renamed the Dodge St. Regis.

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The Dodge Monaco 500 often included two-tone paint scemes with a base colour, and a roof in a contrasting colour such as gloss black. Roofs could also be covered with black or white vinal that had a leather grain texture. Engine options include a 225 slant six, the 318 V8, 383 V8, 440 V8, and the rare Hemi 426 V8.

The Torqueflight three speed automatic was the most popular option and could be had in column or console shift.

The 500 model included bucket seats with a center console, map light, and bright trim along the lower edges of the body. Chrome was abundant on the dash and even around the gas and brake pedals.

AM thumbwheel radios included one front and one rear speaker on the 500 with AM/FM optional.

While the four door was common as a family car the two door version was considered quite sporty, especially with one of the larger V8s!


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Revival (1990–1992)

The revived Monaco replaced the Diplomat. It was built at Brampton, Ontario. The Dynasty sold more than the Monaco. The Monaco suffered from a lot of mechanical and electrical problems. That meant that the Monaco was a market failure.

Third generation (1977–1978)

The third generation Monaco downsized because of the energy crisis. It replaced the Coronet and the Charger. The downsized Monaco can be seen in The Dukes of Hazzard.

Second generation (1974–1977)

The second generation Monacos came at the wrong time. At the time of their introduction the 1973 oil crisis began. Sales would really suffer during that time. The Polara and the Polara Custom were replaced by the regular Monaco and the Monaco Custom. But then in 1975 the Monaco Custom changed its name to Royal Monaco. The Royal Monaco had hidden headlamps.

First Generation/Origins (1965–1973)

A change in style happened in 1969. 4 models were available in 1969 also. The Brougham package came out in 1969. It had features like a vinyl roof (which was only available on sedans and hardtops), and a beach front seat (for the passenger side only). On the side and across the headlights of the Monaco wagons there was woodgrain vinyl trim. On the side of the grille there is a option called "Super-Lite". But it was dropped in 1970. In 1970 the front of the car grew 3 inches. While the rear became 4 inches shorter. Also in 1970 the "Torsion-Quiet" system was added. Larger taillights were added in 1971. The woodgrain trim was now high on the sides and around the windows. Sales were now coming up a little bit. Rooflines on the sedan and hardtop Monacos were new. Stacked taillights were new on the station wagons. Now Monaco's sales went up even more. But sales dropped down in 1973. The Polara name dropped also in 1973.


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Design quirks and oddities

A black and white Dodge Monaco sedan appeared in a 1980 film The Blues Brothers. In the film, it was an ex-police car and is dubbed by the Blues Brothers as the new 'Bluesmobile'.


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