The Other Mirage – 1977 Chevrolet Monza Mirage

Just this past weekend at the CSRG season opening historic races, there was a flared and spoilered, Italian-looking sports coupe with racy paint and wide wheels. In the interest of spotting and possibly documenting the find, closer inspection was required, and it turned out to be a Chevrolet Monza Mirage. Internet research revealed it was a stickers-and-body-kit package applied to fully built Monzas by Michigan Automotive Techniques Corporation, designed to resemble the IMSA racing Monza GT. The Monza itself was based on the Vega, and yet sold alongside it, which must have been interesting on the sales floor. It was originally intended to be powered by the Wankel rotary engine GM was developing. You can find this 1977 Chevrolet Monza Mirage for sale for $3500 in Buford, GA.

1977 Chevrolet Monza Mirage right front

Non-original (but cool) covered headlights, with red and blue stripes over white paint, together with polyurethane fender flares and turbine-style wheelcovers, made for a real sporting look. The deep airdam didn’t hurt either, along with about 13 other polyurethane aero parts. It’s definitely got the late 1970s road racing aesthetic.

1977 Chevrolet Monza Mirage rear

The photography is less than ideal, but you can see the rear fender flares and ducktail spoiler here. Is it just the angle, or is one of the dual pipes longer than the other? Louvers are also visible on the rear side windows, and frankly, it’s hard to understand why the car did not have them on the back window as well – this was the late 70s, after all.

1977 Chevrolet Monza Mirage interior

And here’s where the mirage of sportiness starts to fade – squishy red front bucket seats, and an interior no different than that of any other Monza. While there was a standard 4-speed transmission available, this car is equipped with a Hydramatic. Carping about the concept aside, the interior looks in remarkably unspoiled condition, especially compared to the weathered exterior.

1977 Chevrolet Monza Mirage engine

Further fading of the mirage occurs underhood – for 1977, the 305 V8 engine had an output of 110hp. According to the seller, only 2400 Mirages were made, although Mirage enthusiast sites list figures just under 4100. The car is said to show only 60,000 miles, and comes with a parts car and many spares. Would you go for the illusion of speed? Perhaps a 350 out of a later Camaro would make it more real.

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10 Responses to “The Other Mirage – 1977 Chevrolet Monza Mirage”

  1. steve in podunk Says:

    OOoooooohhhh…these are cool. I think the V8 is a 262 though. My sister’s roommate had one of these about 30 years ago and she’d let me beat on it when I was in town. Hers was a clapped out mess but it had the 4speed and would easily do a one tire burnout. The inside of this looks remarkably clean compared to the outside; smoothing out the urethane bits is going to be a bit of work but the rest of the car is sweet.

    • Doug Says:

      No, Mirages did NOT have 262 CI engines. 49 states were 305s and california cars offered a 350. I’ve owned one since 1979 and am listed in the Monza Mirage Registry.

  2. steve in podunk Says:

    I saw something in Hemming’s last night and it said the V8 would be a 305 in the Mirage. If this were mine it would soon enough have a 350 or better.

  3. Jorge Jose DaCosta Says:

    Is it still for sale? My email is jorgejosedacosta333@gmail.com

  4. earl Says:

    I need to find out how to contact the seller. I am very interested in buying this car. I had one when I was a teenager and have been looking for one for 20 years. Please email the contact information at rep32267@hotmail.com

  5. troy hulley Says:

    Is this beauty still for sale. hulley.troy@gmail.com

  6. Rep Says:

    What is the address for this car. Very interested. Please email info to rep32267@hotmail.com

  7. Doug Says:

    Is this car still for sale. please respond

  8. Earl Says:

    I would like to know if the car is still available for sale. If so, please email me at rep32267@hotmail. Thanks. I have been searching for contact information for three years.

  9. Earl Says:

    I would like to know if the car is still available for sale. If so, please email me at rep32267@hotmail. Thanks. I have been searching for contact information for three years. I can also be reached at 12294034671.

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