Custom Cruise Friday
We don’t know if it is the quality of the vehicles that have been sold over the years or the hard work of our sales staff in providing such an outstanding experience for customers, but this week’s Custom Cruise Friday Blog features another Don Wheaton homecoming. Heinz Bogacz purchased his 1974 Chevy Monte Carlo Landau from Don Wheaton sales professional Lou Sylvester on Sept. 7, 1974. Since then he and his wife have been driving the iconic coupe around town for more than 40 years. Everyone at Don Wheaton would like to thank Mr. Bogacz for taking the time to tell us the story behind his incredible car.
The 1974 Chevy Monte Carlo was a bit of an outlier during that particular model-year. It was the peak of the oil embargo years and people were flocking toward smaller, more fuel-efficient cars. Yet Chevy dealers sold more than 300,000 of the model and its variants, setting sales records and confounding automobile industry experts. Hearing Bogacz tell the story of how he acquired the Monte Carlo, makes it sound sound like more than a little serendipity was involved.
“I saw the car (at another dealership) and decided to go down the road a little to Don Wheaton,” Bogacz said. “The salesman was very polite and said, ‘I remember you.’”
Bogacz had previously purchased vehicles from Don Wheaton. When Bogacz described the vehicle he was looking for, Sylvester brought him to the back of the store and showed him the 1974 Monte Carlo Landau. It was still being prepped for the showroom.
“I said, ‘That’s exactly what I’m looking for,’” Bogacz said.
According to the sales receipt that he brought to the interview, Bogacz paid $5,400 for the car. That would be the equivalent of more than $27,000 today. That’s quite a deal for a vehicle with so much style and performance. As a Landau edition, Bogacz’s Monte Carlo features the half vinyl roof and a 350 cubic-inch (5.7-liter) V-8. It is pretty evident that Bogacz got the vehicle he wanted that September day in 1974 as he hasn’t changed much to the vehicle save for upgrading the spark plug wires and adding some custom mag wheels painted to match the blue of the car. Bogacz and his Monte Carlo is another testament to believing in regular maintenance and doing the little things.
“There have never been any problems with the engine or with the transmission,” Bogacz said. “I look after it, change the oil and filters. It will last forever.”
“Anywhere I go, I get a thumbs up,” Bogacz said. “They are astonished anybody would keep a car this long.”
No need to explain it to us, Mr. Bogacz. We completely understand. If you would like to see you vehicle profiled on the Custom Cruise Friday Blog, send photos to Don Wheaton Internet Manager Melina Beeston by emailing her at firstname.lastname@example.org.