Picture this: a “Utility Yellow” Chevy 3500 stake-bed truck, formerly owned and operated by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. Imagine the neglect and rust you’d expect to find under and within it, thanks to a life lived hard and put away wet. Think of the “government fleet vehicle”-spec trim and complete lack of features of any kind, including a vinyl seat and vinyl flooring. It refuses to start without ether or compressed air in the fuel tank.
I’m not entirely sure if I’ve ever actually seen a Chevy Monza on the road. Sold from 1975 to 1980, it’s not entirely surprising, considering it was somewhat of an economy car car built some 45 years ago, and to suggest that the Monza isn’t a pop culture hit is a bit of an understatement.
Just over a year ago, we met with Brian Scotto of Hoonigan at their Long Beach compound to photograph the Napalm Nova. As one of our favorite feature cars of the past 12 months, we’re excited to bring it back into the spot light for one last “hurrah!” Although we’ve heard the beast sports a new heart with far more power. Perhaps we need to pay another tire-roasting visit to the Hoonigan HQ.
You can see more of the car by clicking here.
Photography by Keith Ross
For most, it’s clear that in the ’50s and ’60s, the Big Three were on to something. From the towering fins perched atop Cadillac fenders, to the tiered, rolling hoods of classic Chevy trucks, the automotive design language of the time was unparalleled, and has since left us with a truly special and eclectic collection of classics, many waiting for their chance at a second life.
While “Brian Scotto” may not be a household name in the automotive world, as few names are, there’s little-to-no chance that you’re entirely unfamiliar with his work. As the Creative Director behind BJ Baldwin’s “Recoil” videos, and better yet, Ken Block’s “Gymkhana” series, there’s no doubt that nearly everyone has had the chance to see where his talents lie.