Holden HX LE Coupe - today's luxo tempter

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Flagship coupe

Even by the standards of the 1970s, this was a pretty over-the-top exercise, with Holden throwing everything at its luxury coupe.

At a time when Ford's Landau roamed the earth, this car had some entertaining opposition and, like the Ford, never really hit big sales numbers. However that wasn't necessarily its mission, as it proved a useful way for Holden to sign off the last the two-door coupe body shells.

In a piece on this and another Aussie parts mash-up (the Squire wagon from Ford), John Wright listed the Monaro's impressive spec: 

"Every example was painted ‘LE Red’, a handsome metallic crimson, with gold pinstriping. The interior almost matched and the upholstery was in rich velour with similar deep-pile carpet.

"The Statesman Caprice frontal treatment was appended to the coupe body and US-sourced gold ‘honeycomb’ 14x7 steel wheels completed the somewhat garish picture. The interior ran to an outmoded eight-track cartridge player, faux walnut facia, and GTS instrumentation and steering wheel.

"Air-conditioning, a push-button radio and a power aerial were standard. So were quartz-halogen lights.

"The 308ci V8 was teamed with the Turbo-Hydramatic three-speed auto. ‘Sports Pack’ suspension, ER70 radials, dual exhaust and limited-slip differential were additional sporting credentials."

See that feature here.

This example from York in Western Australia claims to have been in long-term storage and looks well-preserved. It's on the market for $100,000.

 

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