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 |  Mar 19 2013, 6:02 PM

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If the rumors are true, Ferrari is finally starting to take orders for the 458 Monte Carlo which sits above the Italia.

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 |  Jan 08 2012, 9:00 AM

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If you’re a die hard NASCAR or Dale Earnhardt Jr. fan, you may want to start digging around for $79,900. Up for sale is JR Motorsports car number 10, which was also one of Dale’s first stock cars to wear his now infamous #88.

The 2007 Chevy Monte Carlo is a race-ready car, but was retired after only one race to join Jr.’s National Hot Rod Tour. Recently, the Monte Carlo was purchased by a private party. That person then had it serviced and ran it for three laps at Carolina Motorsports Park with the American Vintage Racing Association (AVRA). Now you can own the vehicle, and with it a membership in the AVRA complete with real track time and full track support.

The exterior of the vehicle is pretty self explanatory, but under the hood is a fully built 358-cubic inch SB2 V8 powerplant with 725-hp. Beyond that is just a whole lot of race-ready engineering that’s gone into the chassis (built by Ronnie Hopkins), suspension, and there’s no mistaking the gutted interior full with a NASCAR-spec roll cage.

GALLERY: Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s #88 NASCAR Monte Carlo

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[Source: RK Motors]

 |  Aug 10 2011, 6:30 PM

Cimarron Bell is facing the death penalty after using a modded Chevrolet Monte Carlo as the bait in four killings, as part of an elaborate check-cashing scheme that saw him robbing three strangers and shooting his girlfriend.

Bell listed the Monte Carlo for $8,000 to lure prospective buyers. When three men became interested, Bell told them he felt more comfortable completing the transaction at his own house—where he had wrapped the garage in plastic sheets. When the three men arrived, Bell and another suspect killed them, wrapped them in plastic, and placed the bodies in the three men’s Mercedes. The car was later found in a strip mall in Los Angeles, with $1,500 in the glove box that Bell hadn’t noticed.

A few weeks prior, Bell had shot and killed his girlfriend when another greed-driven scheme had gone wrong. The four murders had gone unsolved until another girlfriend of Bell’s was arrested for credit card fraud, and she told investigators that Bell had confided in her the murders.

Bell is now sentenced to death. The Monte Carlo was exonerated of all charges.

[Source: SGV Tribune, KTTV Fox 11]

 |  Jul 28 2011, 5:00 PM

A parade of some of the world’s most exotic and expensive cars turned into a serious game of bumper cars after a dim witted motorist drove her $468,000 Bentley Azure into several other exotics outside the Place du Casino in Monte Carlo.

The driver smashed her car into a $140,000 Mercedes-Benz S class. After hitting the Benz, the driver didn’t brake quickly enough and hit a $262,000 Ferrari F430, a $149,000 Porsche 911 and a $262,000 Aston Martin Rapide. The total value of the cars involved in the accident is over $1.2 million. The unfortunate reality of getting into a car accident in a city like Monte Carlo is the vast amount of tourists who are not afraid to snap off photos. Despite the combined value of the cars involved in the accident, the cost of repairs is expected to reach somewhere around 70,000.

Gallery: Monaco Crash

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[Source: Herald Sun]

 |  Jan 20 2009, 6:23 PM

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If people vote with their wallets then Jeff Gordon is more popular than Tony Stewart – at least according to the dollar values that cars driven by the two NASCAR racers fetched at the Barrett-Jackson auction. 

Coming in at $181,500 was the 2007 Home Depot Monte Carlo that Tony Stewart won three races in, including the Banquet 400 at Kansas Speedway on Oct 1, 2006, the Bass Pro Shop 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway on October 29, 2006, and the Dickies 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on November 5, 2006.

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Trumping Stewart was none other than Jeff Gordon who’s #24 2006 Monte Carlo fetched an astounding $550,000 – despite winning just two races. Gordon topped the podium at the USG Sheetrock 400 at Chicagoland Speedway on July 19, 2006 and the Bank of America 500 at Lowe’s Motor Speedway on October 13, 2007.

To be fair, the car also ran 14 times during that season with four top-five finishes and five top ten finishes.

Part of the Jeff Gordon allure may be that the car came with a “certified” Jeff Gordon winning SB2 358cid V8 race engine, along with extensive documentation, certificates of authenticity and even race day photos and videos.  

All proceeds from both cars were donated to charities with Stewart’s car helping the Darrell Gwynn Foundation and Gordon’s car helping the  Hendrick Marrow Program.