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1978 Dodge Monaco

1978 Dodge Monaco in Knight Rider, TV Series, 1982-1986 IMDB Ep. Pilot

Class: Cars, Sedan — Model origin: US

1978 Dodge Monaco

[*][*][*] Vehicle used by a character or in a car chase

Comments about this vehicle

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wickey SK

2006-04-23 02:22

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another in Pilot

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explorer4x4

2006-04-23 02:47

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With those headlights, its either a Dodge Royal Monaco or a Plymouth Gran Fury. It could also be a Chevrolet Monte Carlo. I'd say Plymouth Gran Fury.

wickey SK

2006-04-23 02:48

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I was thinking about Gran Fury too, but my experiences with american cars are too little :(

Rocker B. j.

2006-04-23 06:35

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Wrong. It is a 1977 Dodge Monaco and it is a regular Monaco explorer4x4. 1. Police fleets would buy base models 2. Royal Monacos would have door headlights like 70's Lincolns/Mercurys.

Bebert FR

2006-04-23 07:29

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Thank's Rocker. You see, when you want, you're able to explain. And that's much better. ;)

explorer4x4

2006-04-24 06:15

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Okay. Now for the record, let us clarify something. I did a little research on allpar.com and other Chrysler corp websites and I found a lot of things I did not know! First off, before the gasoline crashes of the seventies and eithies, many cars were huge gas guzzlers. The Dodge Monaco was one of them. And in the 70's, when gas prices soared, the Monaco which was sitting on the massive Chrysler C-body was downsized to the B-body. The Monaco was Dodge's most popluar full-size sedan especially for commercial use such as police fleets amd taxi fleets. When the Monaco was down-sized, Dodge wanted to retain it's full-size line so it introduced the Dodge Royacl Monaco. Previous Royacl Monacos (up intill the 5th generation Monaco of 1975) were in fact considered the up-scale model but as of 1975, Dodge shook off the luxury Royacl Monaco fame and it was now considered the larger model. And the doors on the headlights like 70's Lincolns/Mercurys were not on Royal Monacos after 1975, I would think that police fleets would want the larger mid-size Royal Monaco because, it had more room and was able to hold a bigger engine so, ya the car in Knight Rider is a full-size 1977 Dodge Royal Monaco Squad Sedan.

Sorry for my comment being a little bigger then a comment.
-Conor S D, Explorer4X4

-- Last edit: 2006-04-24 06:19:34

qwerty_86 US

2006-04-24 07:29

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No, it's not a Royal Monaco! It's a regular Monaco!

Regarding your Royal Monaco theory:
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1976 saw the Plymouth and Dodge C-bodies take on an identity more their own. It seems to have been recognized that the 1974-75s looked too much like each other, not to mention certain Buick models. The Gran Fury reverted to dual headlights in a very attractive front end refreshening, while the topline Royal Monaco brought back the hideaway headlights that had been a Monaco hallmark in '72-'73. The opening credits of "Hill Street Blues" opened with a face-on shot of a Royal Monaco squad with all lights blazing, including open hideaway headlights.

1977 marked a move downmarket for the Monaco name, which appeared on '77-'78 B-bodies. The C-body Royal Monaco and its Gran Fury counterpart remained in production through the '77 model year, while Chrysler-badged C-bodies lingered through '78. I am told a Newport squad was offered in '78, but I have never seen one.

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Models of this last generation Monaco squad were made by MPC, and can be found on eBay, but must be considered with caution. The first offering of a Monaco squad model (which may have been a "Dukes of Hazsard" model, I can't remember that part for sure) was a strange modification of the existing Monaco 2 door hardtop mold into a phantom 4 door with the 2 door tail treatment and a roofline much like that of a 1973-'75 fullsize Ford 4 door sedan. The "T. J. Hooker" Monaco squad more accurately depicted the '77-'78 B-body 4 door sedan lines and tail treatment.

- http://www.allpar.com/squads/dodge-monaco.html


This is the opening face-on shot of the Royal Monaco from Hill Street Blues:
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As you can see, the front end is very different from the car in the first screenshot above.

This is a picture of the AMT/Ertl Dodge Monaco model kit (ERTL bought out MPC recently). This kit is for the Batman movie, but the same car is used for the Dukes of Hazzard and TJ Hooker model kits.
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This looks like the car in the original screenshot. So that proves that this car is a '77 or '78 Dodge Monaco and not the higher end Royal Monaco.

-- Last edit: 2006-04-24 07:31:09

Rocker B. j.

2006-04-26 00:44

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qwerty86 is right Explorer4x4. You never listen Explorer4x4, because you're too damn worrying about your dream Ford Explorer.

-- Last edit: 2006-04-26 01:17:47

explorer4x4

2006-04-26 01:51

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Rocker B. j. wrote you're too damn worrying about your dream Ford Explorer.

??? Okayyy, whatever floats you boat. Although I don't seem to recall any reference to Ford Explorer's in my comments about the Dodge Monaco.

wickey SK

2006-05-21 03:11

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another in 1.08 ***
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-- Last edit: 2006-05-21 03:17:33

wickey SK

2006-06-16 14:10

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another in 1.11 **

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wickey SK

2006-08-07 16:50

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another in 2.10 ***

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Delta Fox US

2006-08-19 01:24

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The car from 2.10 has a nice paint job.

Hey, why do we have people on here posting in foreign languages? Shouldn't they be doing that on the other language versions of this website?

Gag Halfrunt UK

2006-08-19 01:27

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Delta Fox wrote The car from 2.10 has a nice paint job.

Hey, why do we have people on here posting in foreign languages? Shouldn't they be doing that on the other language versions of this website?

The language options just change the user interface. The pictures and comments are the same.

Delta Fox US

2006-08-21 02:33

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Oh, that explains why. I was wondering about that.

wickey SK

2006-08-21 18:03

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another in 2.15 ***

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wickey SK

2006-09-01 23:03

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3.01 **

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wickey SK

2006-09-12 00:58

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3.08 **

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HunterMan US

2013-02-08 08:36

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I think this is a 1977 Dodge Monaco...looks identical to ones used in "Dukes of Hazzard" and "Hunter". Not sure if there are major differences between a '77 and a '78, but looking at the pic I would definitely say it's a 1977 model.

-- Last edit: 2013-02-08 08:37:28

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