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Country of origin:United States
Produced from:1975 - 1977
Numbers built:14
Price new:$38,500
Designed by:Lee Dykstra
Author:Wouter Melissen
Last updated:January 02, 2014
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Click here to download printer friendly versionDriven by Horst Kwech himself, the first DeKon Monza debuted at in April of 1975 at Road Atlanta. It proved quick straight out of the box but an accident early in the race ended its charge. Among the car's rivals were Monzas built by other privateer teams but these rarely matched the DeKon-built cars. Unfortunately, accidents and reliability issues often ended the charge of the quick Monzas early in 1975. Development continued over the winter to cure the issues ahead of the 1976 season.

After another difficult start to the season, the DeKon Monza finally scored its first victory exactly one year after its Road Atlanta debut with Al Holbert winning the 100 miles race from pole position. It was the turning point in the car's career as Holbert and also Michael Keyser scored several more victories that year in privately run DeKon Monzas. Fitted with a newly developed separate rear wing, one car was also raced at Le Mans where it started 14th but sadly failed to finish due to an axle failure.

Further refinements to the design were made ahead of the 1977 season, which included an extended front air-dam and a separate rear wing as first seen on the Le Mans car. The DeKon Monzas continued to race with great success in sprint events but poor reliability remained an issue in endurance races like the Sebring 12 Hours and the Daytona 24 Hours. DeKon produced the final Monzas in 1977 but they continued to be raced for several more seasons. More restrictive regulations that came into effect in 1978 did bring an end to their dominance.

Between 1975 and 1977, DeKon Engineering produced a total of 14 Monzas, while a further three chassis were used for a pair of Camaros and a Buick Skyhawk. With back-to-back IMSA GT Championships, Al Holbert was the most successful of all DeKon Monza drivers. In addition to the efforts in North America, the DeKon Monza also raced competitively in Kwech's native Australia by among others Allan Moffat. The successful Chevrolet DeKon Monzas are still highly regarded today and are regularly raced in historic events.

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