1968 Bathurst Monaro on the block

By: Guy Allen, Unique Cars magazine

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Legendary muscle car headlines February sale

1968 Bathurst Monaro on the block
HK Monaro is prime GMH muscle.

The headline act for the Shannons Auctions Feb 27 sale would have to be this, a 1968 HK Monaro GTS 327.

For many this is the most-important muscle car to come out of the extensive GMH playbook, simply becauxse it was a ground-breaker for the hitherto relatively conservative maker.

In a 2014 story, we described it this way:  "As far as Bathurst-winning Holdens go, this car, the HK Monaro GTS 327 was the very first to take home the silverware on that traditional weekend in October.

"This car would be special for that alone, but it also holds a special place in the hearts and minds of us lot because it was Holden’s first real muscle car. And what a revelation it was when it landed in showrooms in July 1968, just a few months after the standard HK, a car that was also seen as quite radical at the time."

The Monaro not only won Bathurst that year, it smashed it, taking out the first three places. Bruce McPhee, the lead driver in the winning car, famously drove the winning machine from a dealership in Wyong and across to the race, and back home again after the event.

There's still some detail to be published, but the car presents well and has a good vehicle report. The estimate is $200-230,000.

 

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