Holden HG Monaro - Reader Resto

By: Guy Allen, Unique Cars magazine

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Preview: This immaculate 253 Monaro was restored in the back yard

Queenslander Mike Casey and his partner are huge Holden fans and have shown a real talent for home-based restos. The full story is in issue 434 of Unique Cars magazine, on sale December 4 (2019).

Here, Mike tells us a bit about the car: "We’ve had this car for about five years now. When we got it I was worried about how the wife was going to accept me forking out so much money for a car that needs to be fixed! In the end she’s an enthusiast, too, and it worked out well.

"It was driveable and it was registered when we got it. With a little work, it was running well – you could have driven it to Sydney. We drove it for a year or more before we put in the shed and pulled it to bits, and that’s where it was for two years.

"That’s a fairly short turn-around, but I didn’t want to leave it half-done if something happened to me. It needed to be finished so we could enjoy it. I was not real busy at work at the time, so I could get home early and every afternoon I was doing something on it.

"We’re fortunate in that this is a matching-numbers car. It has the original high-performance 253 with the Trimatic and a 2.78 Banjo diff. Awesome on the highway. I also had a 186 ute and I reckon this was getting better miles per gallon.

"The body colour is called Cashmere White and the interior is Antique Gold, and it’s called Marilyn." See the full story in the magazine, out December 4 - look for the Monaro on the cover.

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