<VV> early Monza bench Seat

tkalp at cox.net tkalp at cox.net
Wed Feb 27 10:18:59 EST 2013

Tony, good to hear from you again.

My understanding is that the cloth '61 Monza seats are indeed unusual.  They were only offered for a short time and as an option from the vinyl (not absolutely sure on this). As far as the cloth insert Monza seats go, the bench seats are more common now than the bucket cloth insert versions. (only about three '61 Monzas with the cloth insert buckets are accounted for at this time . . . I have one of the Monzas)  There was a fellow starting a special interest group on the cloth Monza interiors and I think they even put out a newsletter.  If I were more organized, I could come up with his name . . .  will look for it.

Does this mean the '60 is getting paint also?

T. Kalp
Wichita, KS

---- Tony Underwood <tony.underwood at cox.net> wrote: 
> A while back, there was a brief bit of commentary about early Monzas 
> that had bench seats.  I kinda stumbled into a slight discovery about 
> a '61 Monza seat that I put in my '60 4-door to have something to 
> occupy space up front while its seats get restored at an upholstery 
> shop here in town that's run by a grizzly looking guy who does 
> vintage car upholstery work.
> Yes, the pigpen '60 4-door is getting new upholstery (seats and door 
> panels) and yes it's gonna be the original 1960 style and color, or 
> at least pretty close, close enough that a layman wouldn't know the 
> difference.   But enough about that for the moment.
> I've had this '61 Monza bench seat for years now, brought it back 
> from a show... Hank K. gave it to me simply for coming to get it.  He 
> had it in his vehicle... he helped me put it into my Jeep Cherokee 
> etc. still upside-down as it came out of Hank's vehicle.   I never 
> actually saw the seat right-side-up until I pulled it out of storage 
> here, and I'd never actually looked at the covers except what you'd 
> see from the bottom and hadn't bothered to check condition seeing as 
> how Hank had said it was intact and together, just faded and worn... 
> which it was, once I got a look at it right-side-up.
> It was indeed a red (originally, now a bleary maroon hue) '61 Monza 
> bench seat with *cloth* inserts.  From the looks of it, the seat was 
> original and didn't appear to have ever been repaired or 
> recovered.  Considering its age it's in surprising shape.
> I had never seen an early Monza bench seat with cloth inserts 
> although I knew there had been a few made at one time.   So, by any 
> chance does anyone know roughly (ballpark percentage-wise) just how 
> many of these seats with the cloth inserts may have been made?   Like 
> I said, I'd never seen one with the cloth inserts.
> It's comfortable...  I'd slated it for eventual use in my Lakewood 
> which has a disreputable front bench that really will need serious 
> work to straighten out, and all this '61 seat needed is covers.   I'm 
> wondering how many original '61 Monza bench seats with the cloth 
> inserts are still in existence...?   Now I'd feel kinda bad about 
> reupholstering it with '61 700 covers.
> tony.. 
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