Holden HJ Monaro sedan - today's tempter

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Four-door GTS

The development of the Aussie Monaro was often the subject of debate, no more so than when Holden attached the name to a GTS four-door. At the time it seemed like a perfectly rational decision.

The reasoning is explained in our series of features on the history of Monaro:

"A significant swing in the market, away from coupes, saw Holden concentrating its efforts on the four-door for the next generation Monaro, the HJ.

"Launched in October 1974, the coupe had the American-influenced squared-off front treatment but still carried the HQ-era rear end. However the sedan was HJ front and rear.

"Despite the two distinct body shells, the range had been trimmed back drastically. Gone was the base model range, plus the previous stars of the show – the 350s. The rationale for the disappearance of the big powerplant was the local 308 could be developed to make as much power and didn’t carry the tax penalty suffered by an imported engine."

See the HJ story here, with links to the entire series.

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The 1974 model you see here is in Jamaica Lime and has a 308 with four-speed manual under the bonnet. It claims to be largely original and is located in Port Pirie, SA, priced at $100k.

 

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