Earlier this year, The BLOCK was fortunate enough to visit Motor City and be a part of the Woodward Dream Cruise. While there, we got to visit a special car show called Design on Woodward. This event was unique because every car represented, was owned by a GM designer and it was open to the public. This was a rare occasion in which we were able to rub shoulders and chat with automotive design’s elite. In fact, we had the opportunity to spend some time with Director, Chevrolet Performance Car Exterior Design, Tom Peters, and his daughter Adrienne, to chat about design and their favorite aspects of GM vehicles from various generations.
During our time together, we discovered that Adrienne showed up to the show in her own personal vehicle. Curious, we decided to inquire what she drove and boy were we surprised. We rounded the corner to the most menacing satin-black 1970 Monte Carlo we’ve ever seen … EVER! This car has such an amazing presence. This car stands out in a lot full of custom cars! It’s incredible to see people react to it. We were in love immediately. Right off the bat, it was obvious this car was pieced together properly and contained a lot of custom work which we couldn’t wait to learn more about. Immediately, I thought about the old Monte Carlos used in the earlier days of Nascar. As it turns out, this was no coincidence, because during the build, Adrienne pulled a lot of inspiration from those early model race cars, which is apparent when you look at aspects such as the ultra-wide, period correct, Corvette rallye wheels.
To say that Adrienne modified more than just the chassis would be an understatement. That’s right, Adrienne was not only a part of this build every step of the way, but she dove in and actually did most of the work herself. Along the way, Adrienne received guidance and wisdom from the talented fabricators and mechanics at Kustom Creations, Inc. as well as a lot of direction from Art Burgess on when it came to engine work. Her dad was of course by her side to lend an experienced hand whenever needed. This project was a labor of love, which is obvious when hearing her explain exactly how everything was done to this car. No stone was unturned, insuring that the end result met her very specific vision.
To help carry out said vision, a Pistol-Grip Quarter Stick was necessary. Adrienne has always wanted this particular shifter whereas a different shifter just wouldn’t do. To continue the interior race car vibes, she made a custom dash containing cut-outs for only the necessary components. This no-nonsense dashboard really enhanced the bare bones all business feel she was aiming for; not to mention the 6-point cage, fire extinguisher and exposed Dynamat, which really pulls together the raw Nascar-esque interior feel.
The exterior is a story in and of itself. Being a southern car, there was virtually no rust, which is obviously a great starting point when beginning a build such as this. However, with a missing quarter panel, fenders, front end, hood and a ton of body work needing done, accomplishing her vision would be no small task. Kustom Creations,Inc. in Sterling Heights, Michigan helped with the process of turning the haggard body into the jaw-dropping Monte Carlo seen today.
Next on the list was the powerplant, which was a big decision for Adrienne. When building a car like this, it’s important to have enough bite to back up the bark. And after seeing her choice of motor, we couldn’t be more thrilled. The motor, which started life as a 454 ci block, was bored to 462 ci before Adrienne purchased it. She proceeded to build up the top end herself with 300 cc large oval port Heads, 950 cfm carb and a single-plane intake. Chevrolet Performance big block valve covers were also added as a nice touch to finish off the engine bay.
All of this power had to get to the ground somehow, so she mounted a Turbo 400 transmission and GM 12-bolt rear end with 4.10 gears, built by Kustom Creations, Inc. This decision, along with 390/45R15 Drag Radials, 70/30 drag shocks up front and coilovers in the rear, made it certain that power would properly hit the pavement.
All of Adrienne’s hard work has resulted in this absolutely stunning Monte Carlo seen before you. There’s no doubt that this car is a head-turner and impresses everyone in its path. The incredible stance and ruggedness really accomplished Adrienne’s original goal of a race car-inspired Monte Carlo. With equal amounts of class and style, accompanying the tough looks, it’s safe to say that the designer’s eye was passed down from father to daughter in the Peters family. And we sure are glad it did because after spending quality time with Adrienne and her car, we wouldn’t change a thing.
Adrienne sent us a video link of the car’s first crank, and we hope it puts a smile on your face like it did ours. Stay tuned for more exclusive Feature Cars, right here on TheBLOCK.com.