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  • How to Tell Them Apart

    Here is a list of known differences between the 3 years of First Generation Monte Carlos. 1970-1972. This list is constantly being updated. Please send any suggestions to add to this page to Aaron at dodsyaaron@gmail.com.

  • Body Differences

    1970 - Roundish Headlight Bezels
    1971-1972 - Squarer Headlight Bezels

    Parking Lights
    1970 - Round Park Lights on Bumper
    1971 - Rectangle Park Lights on Bumper
    1972 - Vertical Park lights on Grille

    1970 - Finest Grid Pattern on Grille
    1971 - Less Vertical Lines on Grille
    1972 - Coarse Grid Pattern

    Hood Spear
    1970 - Thin Hood Spear
    1971 - Thin Hood Spear with "Chevrolet" ornament
    1972 - Wider Spear with "MC" script

    Grille Emblem
    1970 - Grill Emblem featured Roman Numerals for 1970
    1971 - Grill Emblem featured Roman Numerals for 1971
    1972 - Grill Emblem featured only vertical lines where Roman Numerals once were

    Front Fenders
    1970 - Fenders will not work on a 1971-1972 without modification
    1971-1972 - Fenders will not work on a 1970 without modification.

    Trunk Emblem
    70-No trunk Keyhole Emblem
    71-Knight Crest Keyhole Emblem
    72-Knight Crest Keyhole Emblem

    Backup Lenses
    1970 - Backup Light Lens did not have horizontal ridge like 1971-1972
    1971-1972 - Backup Light lens had horizontal ridge across the middle

    Tail Lights
    1970 - Chrome only around the edge of the lens
    1971-1972 - Additional vertical chrome strip down the center of the lens
    Note: There are two horizontal bars also on the 71-72 trim that often show chrome. These were painted red from the factory.

    Vinyl Roof Trim
    Early 1970 - Full Halo Vinyl Top trim (stopped before windshield)
    Late 1970 to 1972 - Halo Vinyl Top trim (trim and vinyl continues all the way to windshield)

  • Option Differences

    1970-1971 SS454 Option was Offered
    1972-454 was Offered but not SS.  The "Custom" package was offered this year but did not include engine upgrades.  The "Custom" package was a group of convenience and appearance options, and could be ordered with any engine from the standard 350 all the way to 454.

    Interior Differences

    1970-Door panels do not feature upholstery buttons and are completely different from 1971-1972
    1971-1972 Door panels feature buttons are are completely different from 1970
    Glove Box door interior for 1970 is different from 1971-1972. 1970 has two large circular recesses.
    1970 - Standard Steering wheel featured 2 small horn buttons.  The center was woodgrain and the Monte Carlo script was in the center.  (no vinyl)
    1971-1972 - Standard Steering wheel did not have small buttons and had a vinyl center with a small wood grain strip and Monte Carlo script on one side
    1970 - Interior Control Knobs and Lighter are black with chrome plating around the outside edges.
    1971-1972 - Interior Control Knobs and Lighter are vinyl with respective logo (volume/tuner/headlamp) in the center.
    1970 - Interior Gauges, Radio, A/C or Heater Controls, light up Green
    1971-1972 -  Interior Gauges, Radio, A/C or heater Controls, light up White

    Mechanical Differences

    1970 - Door locks work off of a vacuum system
    1971-1972 - Door locks work off of electrical system

    Other Differences

    1970-1971 - All engines had Engine Displacement and HP rating decal on air cleaner
    1972 - Only the 454 engine had an Engine Displacement and HP rating decal on air cleaner

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    1970 Monte Carlo
    (optional bumper guards and light monitoring system on top of fender)

    1971 Monte Carlo

    1972 Monte Carlo 
    (optional bumper guards)

    1970 Monte Carlo

    1971 Monte Carlo
    (optional bumper guards)

    1972 Monte Carlo

    Vinyl Top Trim from earlier production 1970 Monte Carlo

    Vinyl Top Trim from later production 1970 through 1972 Monte Carlo

    Tail light from 1970 Monte Carlo

    Tail light from 1971-1972 Monte Carlo



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