Holden Monaro CV8Z — Today’s Tempter

By: Spencer Leech, Unique Cars magazine

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Big coupe set to be a future classic

Holden Monaro CV8Z — Today’s Tempter
Holden's final series coupe would have to be a collectible one day.

If there’s anything good to come out of Holden’s imminent Aussie departure, it’s that many of the brand’s performance models are likely to become instant collectibles. This one, we think, is a perfect example.

When Holden revealed its Monaro concept at the 1998 Sydney Motor Show, the car received overwhelming enthusiasm. So much so that, by 2001, Holden re-birthed the nameplate as a fully-fledged production model. Initially, the car was available in two guises; the CV6, which was powered by a supercharged six-cylinder, and the CV8 which sported a much more powerful V8 engine.  

Earning its rights to the born-again badge, the big-donked model made a comfortable 260kW of power and 500Nm of torque from its LS1 engine. This pushed the trying six-pot variant to the sidelines, as it worked hard to muster 170kW.

The sleek two-door was such a hit, that the car was exported to the US where it was re-badged as a Pontiac GTO. 

By 2005, Holden updated the model to sit on its VZ platform which translated to a much stronger 5.7-litre V8 under the bonnet, and a nicer dashboard and interior from its Commodore sibling.

Here we have one of those, a 2005 Holden Monaro CV8Z with the sought-after six-speed manual transmission, a factory installed sunroof, full leather interior and 18-inch wheels. If you reckon it looks a little modified, you’d be right. This car has lowered suspension, a full performance exhaust, a limited-slip diff and a trick touch screen head unit.

The Vic seller is asking $27,990 and will provide a roadworthy certificate upon purchase. 


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