Chevrolet Monza Mirage
Chevrolet introduced the Monza in 1975 as the newest GM compact model. It came with a modern design, updated equipment and a wide arrange of versions and trim levels. The Monza succeeded the Chevrolet Vega and sold well, not only in America but also abroad. However, Chevy contracted an outside company, Michigan Auto Techniques, to make a muscle car Monza for 1977.
They named it the Monza Mirage. Interestingly, Chevy produced this one-year model in just 4,000 examples. It featured a 305 V8 engine that only delivered 145 HP. The design was quite striking with its white body, front and rear spoilers and special wheels. Also, the paint scheme was patriotic with red, blue and white stripes all over the body.
When Chevrolet realized there was still a market for sporty variants, they decided to introduce the Monza Spyder for 1978. However, that left Michigan Auto Techniques without a contract for 1978, sending the Monza Mirage to the history books. Today, only a handful have survived, so if you find one, restore it since it is a rare, forgotten muscle car.