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Re: Pininfarina design of Monza

Postby marco_1978_spyder » Wed Feb 04, 2009 1:27 pm

So basicly, the designers were pulling elements from all the sportiest cars from the era, for use on the redesigned Vega.

Nothing was really an original idea. Except the Dual Square headlamps. Those were all-new.

The stylists did a magical job of getting all the elements blended in so well eachother. What other economy based car has had so much exotic based styling since?

Maybe GM should try this formula out again,... Start with a small compact, and add some Enzo and Diablo ect....
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Re: Pininfarina design of Monza

Postby marco_1978_spyder » Fri Feb 06, 2009 1:28 pm

Here's an excellent GTC+4 website

http://www.365gtc4.com/Home/default.aspx
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Re: Pininfarina design of Monza

Postby Racin Jason » Sat Feb 07, 2009 2:40 pm

This shares some lines.....
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Re: Pininfarina design of Monza

Postby Racin Jason » Sat Feb 07, 2009 2:42 pm

Lights... I'm not sure when these cars were actually penned though.
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Re: Pininfarina design of Monza

Postby marco_1978_spyder » Sat Feb 07, 2009 8:44 pm

Hey cool pics, thanks for sharing.

I think the red car above was being used to showcase the new 2 rotor Wankel power plant.

Pretty interesting stuff. I like this quote from Road and Track, "In all, a graceful, clean and understated design with subtleties one discovers only by looking it over carefully".

I think the the designers definitely captured that essence in the monza. Hanging out in the garage and checking my car out, I find my eye still going back and forth over the design, even after looking at one of these body shapes since 1980.

To me, its that interesting. A true poor-mans Ferrari.
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Re: Pininfarina design of Monza

Postby bill1978v8 » Sat Feb 07, 2009 9:05 pm

I agree Marco. I starred at a Monza spyder when I was 8. I just loved the design and the lines. The year was 1978. I just wanted that car so bad. I bought my first Monza at 18 and my first Spyder at 19. It was a 1977 Monza Spyder and it was white with black decals, 5.0 and an auto. I caught myself staring at it all the time. I found a photo in a book that looked just like it and I couldn't get enough. I would give my GTO for one today. They are the most beautiful design, in my opinion.

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Re: Pininfarina design of Monza

Postby tinsfci » Fri Feb 13, 2009 10:49 am

Interesting topic! I also like to read and hear "The Story" of the Monza and the other H07 bodies.

marco_1978_spyder wrote:I think the GM studio's went so far as a Clay Model of the Monza.
Marco


I´m not sure which clay model you mean, but could it be these:
no1.jpg

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Re: Pininfarina design of Monza

Postby marco_1978_spyder » Fri Feb 13, 2009 9:28 pm

Thats it, the pic with Bill Mitchel standing there...there it is. I must have seen it in that H07 issue which pops up around my storage area from time to time.

Thanks for posting all that...super information! and pics!
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Re: Pininfarina design of Monza

Postby MIKESMONZA » Fri Feb 13, 2009 9:50 pm

I blew it up on picture resizer temporarly,

Three Question's;
Which Person is Bill Mitchell And anyBody else in Pictures,
Might help in Further research,,
And What did the Rotary Badge Look like??

Also Metioned on Art Work Descrition The Name Chaperelle,Twice
And a Referance to the side Badges on the Outdoors Shot,
But I see a Blurry image on it,,
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Re: Pininfarina design of Monza

Postby tinsfci » Sat Feb 14, 2009 2:51 am

marco_1978_spyder wrote: Thanks for posting all that...super information! and pics!


Thanks :)

If you want, I can make better copies of both the text and photos. But how about copyright laws for old pics like this?
In Mike v A. article, it says " used with permission of GM media archives".

Has any of you been in touch with GM? Perhaps they have more H07 photos to share "for a Good Thing", like spread interesting info of the H-body Story on this forum? :)

It was because of digging and finding these pics/articles I posted this:

viewtopic.php?f=1&t=26153

And yes, it would be nice to know who the persons are on the pictures!
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Re: Pininfarina design of Monza

Postby marco_1978_spyder » Sat Feb 14, 2009 10:14 am

I've been in contact with GM media archives. Those pics wont be problem, unless you start offering them for sale in mass quantity. Or sell them under the 'GM Photostore' logo or anything...

Otherwise, for our personal use, they enjoy that we keep the cars memory alive, and GM on peoples minds.

I bet there's alot of famous names in the pic. Could be Larry Shinoda, Chuck Jordan, Irving R, Is that Lutz with the big hair facing the car? The face is familiar. Im pretty sure thats Mitchell all the way to the left in the suit and glasses.

I swear I still saw a very similar picture, shot from a different angle that actually says "Bill mitchel giving a concerend look over the new chevrolet monza" or something like that.
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Re: Pininfarina design of Monza

Postby tinsfci » Sun Feb 15, 2009 11:35 am

Here´s a little better pic of the clay model:
no3f.jpg

In this view the clay model is finished with a plastic film to simulate paint (1972). The rear facia has a rotary badge on it.
(Qute from Mike v A. on this pic in the Autumn 1999 H-special Report)
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Re: Pininfarina design of Monza

Postby marco_1978_spyder » Sun Feb 15, 2009 1:36 pm

What I love is, what they came up with instead of what appears to be a more formal chrome bumper.
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Re: Pininfarina design of Monza

Postby spyder_xlch » Sun Feb 15, 2009 3:46 pm

Per, could you blow up each of those pics?
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Re: Pininfarina design of Monza

Postby res0o7eb » Sun Feb 15, 2009 11:02 pm

marco_1978_spyder wrote:What I love is, what they came up with instead of what appears to be a more formal chrome bumper.
I really like the chrome bumper on that clay model.
I had been thinking of putting a chrome bumper on the rear of my Skyhawk with the existing rear wrap around lights. This would balance the look of the car with the two-light front end and chrome bumper that I am planning to install to replace the smashed front of the Buick. With a custom grill, this just might be enough to truly differentiate a Skyhawk from a Monza. 8)
Or it will look like a Frankenstein of an H-body. :D
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