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2002 Earnhardt Signature Edition Monte Carlo


Introducing the 2002 Monte Carlo SS Dale Earnhardt Signature Edition.

"The Intimidator. Say the name at a NASCAR race, and people know you are talking about Dale Earnhardt. It isn’t by chance that he was a seven-time Winston Cup Champion. Teamed up with Richard Childress Racing and Chevrolet Monte Carlo, the most successful nameplate in NASCAR Winston Cup history, Earnhardt was a force to be reckoned with every Sunday. Competitors took a deep breath when the black No. 3 appeared in their mirror because Dale Earnhardt raced only one way — to win. With the 2002 Monte Carlo SS Dale Earnhardt Signature Edition, you can experience the passion and power of steering a black and silver Monte Carlo SS around the next left turn."

Attitude of a Champion, Standard.


Honoring a Legend.
The Monte Carlo SS Dale Earnhardt Signature Edition was a vision that began in early 2000. But the program would not have continued without the insight, approval and contributions of Teresa Earnhardt, the Earnhardt family and Richard Childress.


Charlotte, N.C. -- Representatives of Chevrolet and Team Monte Carlo today presented a check for $666,600 Thursday, Oct. 10, 2002, to the Foundation For The Carolinas as a donation from the sale of the limited edition 2002 Monte Carlo SS Dale Earnhardt Signature Edition. Teresa Earnhardt (middle), wife of the late seven-time NASCAR Winston Cup champion, accepted the check on behalf of the Foundation from Jim Campbell (right), marketing director for Monte Carlo and Chevy Racing, and Richard Childress, owner of Richard Childress Racing and the #3 Goodwrench Monte Carlo made famous by Dale Earnhardt. The purpose of the Foundation For The Carolinas is to advance philanthropy by serving charitable, cultural, religious, civic, moral and educational purposes.


2002 Monte Carlo SS
Dale Earnhardt Signature Series Debuts

Courtesy of General Motors
Photography: The Primedia Digital Staff

Whether on the racetrack or on the road, the Chevrolet Monte Carlo has always stood for performance. Long known as the winningest nameplate in the history of NASCAR Winston Cup, the production model’s sleek, race-inspired looks and performance has earned it a spot as one of Chevrolet’s most venerable brands.

Now the 2002 Monte Carlo SS Dale Earnhardt Signature Edition is available for a limited time at select high-volume Monte Carlo dealers. The limited edition Monte Carlo, with a run of just 3,333 units, went into production in October 2001 and was to be made through March 2002.

Inspired by the legendary late Dale Earnhardt, one of the most respected and admired drivers and team owners in NASCAR history, the black production Monte Carlo SS High Sport is distinguished by a red racing stripe along the bottom and Galaxy Silver Metallic ground effects. Dale Earnhardt’s signature, the storied No. 3 and Intimidator script appear on the exterior and interior, including the decklid and dashboard. Red Chevy bowtie emblems are embroidered on the headrests, and No. 3 Intimidator script appears in pewter on the floor mats. Dale Earnhardt’s signature, the stylized No. 3 and the logo of team owner Richard Childress Racing are emblazoned on the speedometer.

"Dale’s magnificent NASCAR career earned him not only respect on the track but also many friends in daily life," said Kurt Ritter, Chevrolet’s general manager. "When we started discussing this project with him, he took it as an honor to have his legendary status commemorated with a such a special vehicle."

The special Dale Earnhardt edition was a vision that began in early 2000. But the program would not have continued without the insight, approval and contributions of Dale’s wife Teresa Earnhardt, the Earnhardt family and Richard Childress.

"Dale was proud to have had such a long-standing association with Chevrolet and the Richard Childress Racing organization," said Teresa Earnhardt. "I know that Dale would be pleased to know that this dream has been fulfilled."

Chevrolet will make a donation from the sale of each Monte Carlo SS Dale Earnhardt Signature Edition to the Foundation for the Carolinas, a charity selected by the Earnhardt family.


Vehicle Highlights:

The Monte Carlo SS Dale Earnhardt Signature Edition features:

Exterior:

  • Black with Galaxy Silver Metallic ground effects and a traditional red perimeter racing stripe
  • Intimidator graphic on the decklid
  • Dale’s signature and famous stylized No. 3 racing graphic
  • Richard Childress Racing (RCR) graphic on each ground effect, just behind the front wheel opening

Interior:

  • Ebony seats with Pewter leather seating surfaces
  • Pewter door panel inserts
  • Embroidered red bowtie for each front seat head restraint
  • Floor mats with an embroidered stylized No. 3 and Intimidator graphic
  • Instrument cluster with Dale’s signature, RCR logo and stylized No. 3 graphic
  • Passenger-side instrument panel placard features the stylized No. 3 and Dale’s signature
  • Special door opening kick plates feature the RCR logo

The Monte Carlo SS High Sport, on which the Dale Earnhardt edition is based, features:

  • Award-winning 3800 V6 engine developing 200 horsepower
  • Bright, stainless-steel dual exhaust outlets
  • Sport suspension and four-wheel disc brakes with ABS and race-inspired front cooling ducts
  • Race-inspired rear spoiler and full-perimeter ground effects
  • Diamond-cut 16-inch aluminum wheels and Goodyear Eagle RS-A performance tires
  • Electronic Traction Control
  • OnStar one-year Safety and Security service contract
  • Heated, six-way power front Sport bucket seats
  • Electrochromic (self-dimming) inside rearview mirror
  • Electric sliding sunroof
  • Dual power outside heated mirrors
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio system and cruise controls

 

 



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