Monaro Monopoly at Lloyds

By: James Robinson, Unique Cars magazine

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First four iterations of the Holden icon up for grabs

Fans of the Holden Monaro can rejoice, because Lloyds Classic, Muscle & Barn Finds Auction this Saturday June 24 has got the lot! (Lot 74, 75, 76 and 77, to be precise)

Here are the excellent Monaros:

1968 HK Holden Monaro 327

1968 HK Holden Monaro 327

A super clean example of what represents genesis incarnate for the fabled Aussie muscle car, the HK Monaro was unleashed into the automotive wilderness in July 1968. Initially available in three levels of trim spec: base model, GTS and GTS 327, the Monaro was instantly a success both on and off the racetrack. The HK Monaro was the vehicle that gave Holden their first ever win at Bathurst in 1968 and in that same year the HK also won Wheels Magazines 1968 Car of the Year Award.  This particular example is, according to the seller, a matching numbers GTS 327 with the 4-speed manual box, which is surely the enthusiast’s choice.

1969 HT Holden Monaro GTS 350

1969 HT Holden Monaro GTS 350

Replacing the HK Monaro in June of 1969, the face lifted HT Monaro brought with it a number of changes, chief among which was the GTS 327 moniker being changed to the GTS 350. This name change, rather obviously, signified the move from 327ci (5.4l) Chevrolet V8 to 350ci (5.7l) Chevrolet V8. This particular GTS 350 is, as stated by the seller, an original matching numbers GTS 350 ‘Bathurst’ Monaro, which has, incidentally, featured in a past issue (309) of this very magazine. The HT features a close-ratio 4-speed manual box, Bathurst fuel tank, original HK steering wheel from new and original dealer option mag wheels.

1970 HG Holden Monaro GTS

1970 HG Holden Monaro GTS

Released in July of 1970, the HG was the final iteration of the original hardtop coupe body design. Revisions made to the HG were once again, largely cosmetic, especially for the GTS 350. The GTS 350 now featured blacked out GTS badging, black out paint on the rocker panels, sidewinder stripes and blacked out bonnet scoops, to name just a few of the styling tweaks. The HT GTS (non-350) also got softer suspension than its HT GTS brethren, which resulted in a more compliant and comfortable riding vehicle. According to the seller, this particular HG is a GTS model that has been faithfully converted to  full 350 specification, complete with a 350ci V8, close ratio Saginaw gearbox, 10-bolt Salisbury limited slip diff, 16.7-1 steering ratio and 25 gallon Bathurst fuel tank.

1972 HQ Holden Monaro LS

1972 HQ Holden Monaro LS

The HQ Monaro represented a major change for the muscle car marque. Not not only was the HQ a totally new body design, but Monaro was now offered as a sedan for the first time. The creation of the Luxury Sports (LS) specification also saw the Aussie muscle car take a stab at a more opulent, grand tourer style two door coupe. This particular Monaro is a ’72 LS model with a 253ci (4.2L) V8 mated to the 3-speed Tri-matic automatic gearbox. According to the seller, the HQ comes with power steering and has recently undergone a transmission rebuild. 

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