Grays to offer iconic Holdens from the Gilbert Family Collection

By: Alex Affat, Unique Cars magazine

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Curated set of collectibles from the Gilbert Collection up for grabs

Grays to offer iconic Holdens from the Gilbert Family Collection
Grays to offer iconic Holdens from the Gilbert Family Collection

From the November 23 to November 28, Grays Online will be auctioning a handful of iconic collectible cars from the curated Gilbert Family Collection in South Australia.

Four of the five cars are classic Holdens, with one rare Australian-Delivered American Ford in the mix.


The first Lot of the set is a 1976 Holden HX Monaro GTS.

With a 4.2lt V8 and stunning white duco, this generation of Monaro missed out on the Monaro coupe body (save for the HX LE) but took on the HQ’s durability whilst adding greater levels of comfort and standard equipment.

It presents in good running condition with an indicated 30,882 kilometres on the odometer. It comes with Owner’s Manual and service history, and is noted by Grays as being in good condition outside and in.


The sole Blue Oval in the collection, is a rare right-hand-drive 1952 Ford Customline.

1952 was the first year for the model, which was produced by Ford Australia up until 1959. Assembled with Australian bodies and the remaining front sheet metal and components imported as kits, the Customline was joined in showrooms by the Mainline Ute.

The Customline bears an indicated 76,982 miles on the odo, and has recently undergone a complete restoration according to Grays. With a V8 and manual gearbox under the body, the car presents stunningly inside and out.


There’s also a 1969 Holden HT Kingswood 186S up for grabs, presented in a lovely red and white roof combo. The 186S option featured the 186ci inline-six with a two-barrel carburettor and was available on all Belmont, Kingswood, Premier and Monaro GTS models.

The car is in running condition with a swathe of factory options including bucket seats, V8 brake booster, steering lock and dealer-optioned GTS hub caps. The car bears 59,034 miles indicated on the odo and comes with plenty of documentation and extensive maintenance history.


The oldest car in the collection is a Holden 48-215, Australia’s first 100% locally made and mass-produced motor car. The iconic Holden came at an important time, arriving shortly after The War and was lauded by then-Prime Minister Ben Chifley who saw the first car off the production line, exclaiming "she’s a beauty". The 48-215 was the car that launched our nation’s once illustrious, now dearly-departed automotive industry, and came at a time when butter, petrol and tea were still rationed to civilians.

The 48-215 presents well in cream duco over red trim, with an indicated 89,768kms on the odo. Grays state that the car is in running order, and comes with Owner’s Manual.


Bookending the Gilbert Family Collection is a Holden FJ Special Sedan, the 48-215’s successor. The Special trim level was the top-spec offering, sitting above the Business and Standard trim. Originally powered by a 2160cc inline-six, sending power to the wheels via a three-speed manual, the FJ was simple and by far and away the best-selling car in its day.

The car’s odometer indicates 279,936kms, and is in running condition. Exterior paint and interior upholstery are in good condition. While the car does not come with service history, there are a number of period and original documents and brochures that will be included in the sale.


All vehicles in the Gilbert Family Collection are based in South Australia, and represents a diverse illustration of Australia’s motoring history.

Online bidding opens tomorrow, November 23 at 4:00pm AEST.

Bidding will close on November 28 at 8:00pm AEST.


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