They should have called the '77 a '76, then the Monaco script would still be accurate. The diecast diehards will have to fashion a "Royal" script to add to it. Heh, or just say it's actually a 1976 Monaco. I doubt it has the 1977 rubber tips on the bumper as well but hey ... very cool cars, all of them.
They should have called the '77 a '76, then the Monaco script would still be accurate...
I had to double check, but I shouldn't have doubted you. You know your c-body Monacos!
76 had a c-body Monaco that was a non-Royal (DK or DM vin code, ex: that blue New Jersey cop car from the buffalo collection), but a 77 c-body monaco had to be a Royal (DK and DM vin code added Royal to the name).
your friend in the "Hollander Classic Vehicle Identifier 1960-1989" when Steam isn't around, arthur
76 had a c-body Monaco that was a non-Royal (DK or DM vin code, ex: that blue New Jersey cop car from the buffalo collection)
That's the exact car that helped me see the light. Until that Buffalo car I honestly didn't know there was a 1976 Monaco with the typical Royal Monaco hide-away headlight doors. If I remember what was written, the production numbers for the '76 Monaco was in the 2,300 range.
Same car you were thinking of, Arthur? I noticed you mentioned NJ but this is Montana Highway Patrol. Although I do recall more than one '76 Monaco being posted in the past.
Below is a description of the currently available (and soon available) Dodge Monaco's, from "GreenLight Collectibles".
Most (if not all) members here know about the newly released 1:64 scale Bluesmobile:
What you may not know is that there is an variant called the "Green Machine". It has Green rims as well as a Green undercarriage. It was produced in limited quantity and is currently selling for about 4x the cost of the standard BluMo.
Another GL Monaco is from the "County Roads" line: Packaged as a 1975, it is actually from the same 1974 mold.
There is also a 1977 Monaco available in the "Black Bandit" series.
And, its "Green Machine" counterpart:
Now the upcoming releases:
Due out in October, there will be a 10 pack exclusive release to "Toys R Us" stores, containing a 1977 Washington State patrol car:
There will be 5,500 sets made in total with a MSRP of $39.99.
Next, and Originally slated for a June 2011 release, is a series collection advertised as Item #GL27660. This set will contain 6 different cars, including a 1976 USA Bicentennial Monaco.
A total of 2,500 sets will be produced.
* As of Sept 2011 this set has yet to hit the store shelves.
Also due out (as yet no release date) is a variation of the '74, this time with a Federal Signal, AeroDynic lightbar:
*Gold will likely not be the final color.
Also on the horizon is the "Series 6", 1:64 Diorama. This set will contain a Bluesmobile w/ the roof siren, as well as a 1977 Dodge Royal Monaco - Illinois State Police car.
Here is a shot of the prototype mold:
This looks like a "Must Have" for the collectors here.
Here is another "Must Have"... Although it was originally due to be released back in May 2011, it has yet to see daylight. There will only be 1,000 made worldwide, and it will include a high-end acrylic case with a vehicle nameplate on the base.
This is a larger 1:43 scale car and will be produced under the title, "Hollywood Blues Brothers '74 Dodge Monaco" :