|Body and chassis|
|Body style||4-door saloon|
|Engine||5560 cc V-8|
|Wheelbase||2,770 mm (109.1 in)|
|Length||4,955 mm (195.1 in)|
|Width||1,820 mm (71.7 in)|
|Height||1,330 mm (52.4 in)|
|Curb weight||1,850 kg (4,080 lb)|
Monica was a brand of luxury cars created in France in the 1970s by Jean Tastevin, a French industrialist whose wife's name was Monica.
Although intended to be built in France, design, development and prototype building was entrusted to Chris Lawrence at C.J. Lawrence Consultants of Hammersmith, London, England. The 4-door, 4-seat saloon featured a De Dion rear suspension.
The earliest prototype Monicas were powered by a Ted Martin designed 3.4l V8 engine but later prototypes and the production model were equipped with a Chrysler 5.6 l (340 in³) V8 engine. Advertised transmission options were the Chrysler Torqueflite system or a ZF 5-speed manual gear box.
The Monica 560 was presented at the Salon de Paris 1972 and production began in 1973 at a facility located in Balbigny, Loire. Only 8 production cars (as well as 22 prototypes) were completed before the factory closed in 1974, a victim of the 1973 oil crisis.
Sources and further reading
- Daily Express Motor Show Review 1975 Cars: Page 30 (Monica). October 1974.
- "Motorweek: Three lanes to two". Motor: page 24. 22 March 1975.
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