Flaming 350 Monaro on market

By: Unique Cars magazine

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Legendary race car up for tender

A 1969 Holden Monaro that had a fiery race debut has emerged on the loacal market and is being offered by tender.

Part of a Holden set-up to challenge the might of the Alan Moffat and his Ford Falcon GT-HO in the endurance races, the HT Monaro was one of the first 350-powered cars to hit the track.

The legendary Harry Firth was running the Holden Dealer Team, with Kevin Bartlett and Spencer Martin contracted as drivers.

Things got off to a shaky start at Sandown, with the car running fourth in qualifying, almost four seconds behind Moffat.

It was Martin who started the race in the car and he was running a credible second to Moffat initially, before Fred Gibson whipped past in his Ford. From there, it was a struggle just for the Holden to keep up.

Just 45 minutes into the race, things went badly wrong. Martin ran out of brakes, belted the armco fencing tail first, bounced over that obstacle and crash-landed on the access road. On fire!

Surprisingly, the flames were put out quickly and the damage wasn't all that bad. In fact, it was repaired and sold on.

A long way down the track the car found a new owner and scored a period restoration, taking it back to its race colours. That was the Unique Cars magazine cover car for issue 274, way back in July 2007, read the full story here.

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After all that time, it has come up for sale by tender.

What's it worth? Not sure, but the term 'lots' springs to mind. This is after all a significant piece of Holden history.


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