IT WOULD be romantic but wrong to think that six-cylinder Monaros were bought new by pillars of the emerging ‘youth’ market looking to avoid being belted by extreme insurance costs. In truth, sixcylinder versions went mostly to middle-aged execs and family guys stepping up in style from a Kingswood or Premier.
That predominance of conservative owners helped ensure fewer crashes and decent survival rates. Uncaring conversions to V8 power and general 1980s neglect still wiped out a lot, especially of the three-speed basemodel.
Owners can smile however because their authentic 186 – particularly if it’s a GTS – will blow V8-modded cars out of the pond on current value and growth potential.
HK MONARO GTS 186