Monaro, HDT and GTS-R at Lloyds

By: James Robinson, Unique Cars magazine

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Plus a Sunbird for bargain hunters

1968 Holden HK Monaro coupe

1968 Holden HK Monaro coupe

Holden’s first pillarless two-door coupe was originally available in three different levels of specification: the base model, the GTS and the GTS 327. The HK Monaro was a significant car for Holden, as it was a GTS 327 driven by Bruce McPhee and Barry Mulholland that gave Holden their first win at Bathurst in 1968.

This particular Monaro looks to have been kept in good condition, and although it originally housed a 307ci V8, which has been rebuilt and comes with the car, the motor fitted to this HK at the moment is a fully rebuilt, thumping 327ci V8.

1973 Holden HQ Monaro sedan

1973 Holden HQ Monaro sedan

The Holden HQ series is Holden’s most popular selling car of all time, with a total of 485,650 vehicles being made between 1971 and 1974. The HQ Monaro was a completely new take on the on the two-door coupe. In addition and for the first time, the Monaro was also offered as a four-door sedan.

This HQ is a four-door sedan version in ‘Lone Ranger Tangerine’ and is said to have undergone a full nut-and-bolt restoration in 2008 that included: a new V8 engine, new manual gearbox, new suspension and a restored air chief radio. All parts used in the restoration were either brand new or new-old stock. According to the seller the vehicles body is completely original and has never been in a major accident or had any form of major repairs.

1979 Holden Sunbird Hatch SL/E

1979 Holden Sunbird Hatch SL/E

Don’t let the name fool you, the Holden Sunbird is a UC Torana with a smaller ‘Starfire’ 1.9lt 4-cylinder engine. The SL/E badge denotes the luxury pack which was an optional extra on the Sunbird. The SL/E pack included: AM radio/cassette player, Quartz halogen headlights, tinted windows, radial tuned suspension, electric heated rear window, ‘luxury’ cut pile carpet, cast alloy road wheels, sports exterior mirrors, sports steering wheel, 4-speed manual floor shift gearbox, full foam reclining bucket seats, velour upholstery, full instrumentation, electric clock, power boosted flow-through ventilation, intermittent wiper control, wide body side mouldings and power brakes!

According to Lloyds it is in good condition and is a matching numbers vehicle which also recently underwent a respray.

1980 Holden VC Commodore HDT sedan

1980 Holden VC Commodore HDT sedan

Following Holden’s withdrawal from the Australian Touring Car Championship in 1979, Peter Brock started modifying and selling VC Commodores in order to fund the race team. Brock was able to do this as he had purchased the Holden Dealer Team (HDT) and created HDT Special Vehicles in early 1980. The HDT VC Commodore was a limited run vehicle and a mere 500 were made in total. The HDT VC was a properly quick car thanks to a tuned 5.0lt V8 that pumped out 160kW.

This HDT VC is painted in factory ‘Firethorn Red’ and has travelled a low 133,368 kilometres from new. This is definitely one collectors should be keeping an eye and the current bid sits at $50,500.

1996 Holden Special Vehicles VS GTS-R

1996 Holden Special Vehicles VS GTS-R

Surely the best has been saved for last with this flamboyant and properly rare HSV GTS-R. Based on the VS commodore, the GTS-R was a limited edition flagship produced by HSV in very, very limited numbers (85 to be precise, although 10 went to New Zealand). The GTS-R was powered by a 5.7lt V8 which was mated to the Tremec T56 6-speed manual gearbox and a ‘Hydratrak’ limited slip differential. All 85 GTS-Rs were painted in a polarising bright yellow colour known as ‘XU-3 Yellah’ and also came with swathes of carbon fibre and a massive rear wing.

This GTS-R is number 11and looks to be in great condition with a very low 42,700 kilometres on the clock. It also comes with the original HSV compendium, framed GTS-R jacket and the dash has been signed by Craig Lowndes.

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