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Published on 06/13/2018

1988 Monte Carlo SS: A Blast from the Past

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Among the many stunning Chevrolet Performance fleet vehicles making the long haul on this year’s HOT ROD Power Tour is one celebrating its 30th anniversary.

Yet while the 1988 Monte Carlo SS is a blast from the past, it’s outfitted with all the modern amenities to perform in the future.

 

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1988 Monte Carlo SS: A Blast from the Past

Among the many stunning Chevrolet Performance fleet vehicles making the long haul on this year’s HOT ROD Power Tour is one celebrating its 30th anniversary.

Yet while the 1988 Monte Carlo SS is a blast from the past, it’s outfitted with all the modern amenities to perform in the future.

 

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The two-door sport coupe is powered by a Chevrolet Performance LS376/525 Connect & Cruise Crate Powertrain System. This popular setup utilizes an LS376/525 6.2-liter LS3 engine making 525 horsepower and 486 lb.-ft. of torque. This particular system is backed by a T56 Super Magnum six-speed manual transmission, which is a high-torque-capacity TREMEC designed for custom, retrofit installations with Chevrolet Performance crate engines. In addition, Connect & Cruise systems come with the applicable engine controller kit and transmission installation kit.

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The stock version of this car was rated at 180 horsepower. Now, it makes much, much more.

However, the Monte Carlo is a serious head-turner, too. Among the styling cues are custom-mixed blue/gray paint, a removable T-top package, flared front- and rear-wheel openings and a billet aluminum custom grille. Graphite exterior trim and moldings are included as well, a Wickerbill has been added to the production deck-lid spoiler and the car features a powder-coated custom frame assembly.

It rides on 19-inch wheels and tires and utilizes an upgraded suspension, brake package and stainless-steel long-tube headers with a three-inch dual stainless-steel exhaust system.

 

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The interior features Recaro sport front bucket seats and a Chevrolet Performance-logo shifter ball kit.

The story goes that 30 is the new 20, and in the hands of Chevrolet Performance, this Monte Carlo is far from slowing down.

You can find the entirety of our Power Tour coverage on The BLOCK and @theblockdotcom on Instagram.

 

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