2001 Monte Carlo SS
Pace Car 711/1300
Where do I begin. Well as you hear so many times, when I
bought this car I really was not looking for a car. It was June 2003
and we had stopped with my wife’s Avalanche at the local Chevy
dealership. There I saw a Jeff Gordon version of the Monte Carlo. It
was the first time I really took a look at a newer Monte. I to this day
love the paint job on those and the flames but really didn’t want a car
with Jeff Gordon’s name on it (no I am not a Jeff Gordon hater but I had
visions of coming out of a store and someone keying “Jeff Gordon sucks”
in the car). Well anyways we left the dealership and drove for an early
dinner. About 3 miles down the road is a Ford dealership and out front
sat this 2001 Black Monte Carlo Pace Car. Saw it and said to myself
“nice”, went to dinner and on our way home had to stop. The original
owner had traded the car in on a Mustang Mach 1. I took her for a test
drive and well the next day traded in my firebird and bought her.
great part of the purchase was the dealership really did not know what
they had. The dealer said the owner had put “these decals” on the car
referring to the TAZ and the checkered flag. I chuckled since on the
back says limited addition pace car but oh well. I ended up getting a
pretty good deal on her and well the rest is history. Shortly
thereafter I found a 85 SS (might have seen the pic on the member page)
which I purchased but I recently moved from Alabama to Virginia
(military) and well too many toys and someone offered me the right
amount so sorry to those that prefer the older models.
car had 22000 miles when I bought her and currently has 33000 miles.
She is number 711 of 1300 made in 2001. For those that don’t know these
cars were made in only one color each year (Red-2000, Black-2001,
Yellow-2002, Blue-2003). This is not really a daily driver, I kind of
split time with my other “toy”. The engine is pretty much stock (except
a K&N air filter). The Monte came with pretty much every option
available On Star, heated seats, power sunroof, engine heater, etc. One
of my favorite features is the TAZ decals that came on the car.
Exterior wise, the original owner had put Limo tint on the windows and
well as I found out Mr. Police Man did not appreciate this and I was
pulled over twice. Hence I had the tint changed out with the legal
limit (still looks dark but I think that is due to the dark interior and
color). I also changed the tires and put on Goodyear Eagle Nascar
tires. I think they look great on the car. I am one of those people
that enjoy washing and detailing the cars (I hope you can tell by the
pics). The car is washed and waxed regularly with Zaino products.
the future, the only thing I am considering is ram air hood for her but
I am not sure if I will do that or not. I thank you for reading the
story of my baby.