The legendary Holden Monaro - starting with the 1968 HK GTS 327 that won Bathurs ‘68 on first attempt, to the even more brutal HT & HG GTS 350, followed by the beautiful HQ Monaro GTS & LS in 1971. With the HQ, Holden added stripes and livery to the sedan to offer a four door Monaro which continued through to the HX model.
Holden sent the Monaro out with a bang with the final HX LE of 1976. LE stood for limited edition with only 600 being made. In reality it was a marketing ploy to get rid of the slow selling 600 Monaro body shells Holden still had in stock. Engines include the straight six Holden ‘red motors’ in sizes from 161 to 202 cubic inches, to the Chevrolet small block 307 only available with Powerglide, on up to the 327 250HP V8 of the top line GTS. The legendary 350 with 300 horses was available in the HT/HG GTS, the Chev 350 still available in the HQ though with horsepower dropped to 275. The first Holden V8s of 308 and 253 cubic inches replaced the 307 and 327 Chevs from the 1969 HT model.
Holden revived the Monaro name in 2004 with a two door version of the Commodore. Sold in the US as a Pontiac GTO, there’s a sad irony to the fact that Holden’s best selling Monaro - the HQ - was heavily influenced by the ‘68 GTO…cut to almost forty years later and Pontiac was selling the Monaro…as a GTO.