RARE LION SALE

NOT STRICTLY

NOT STRICTLY a barn find, it’s the next best thing. An HK Monaro coupe owned by a lady for almost 50-years, sold for $86,000 at Shannons Sydney autumn auction.

Back in the day both Holden and Ford offered ‘standard’ two-door models as part of their model range. Holden beat Ford to the punch with the HK Monaro, Australia’s first fastback coupe. It was four more years until Ford offered theirs, in the XA model.

Over the past few years we’ve seen prices of any Monaro with a ‘GTS’ moniker tied to its rump go ballistic, a recent example being a restored HK Monaro GTS 186S that achieved $92,000.

For many, Monaro’s have become unobtainable and for some owners, too valuable to let loose on the roads. Monaros with a race history have hit stratospheric prices; the $500k paid for the first HDT GTS 350 Monaro is one example. While it looks plain Jane, bidding was intense for this highlyoriginal and totally unmolested 1969 HK Monaro coupe and its estimate of $35-$45,000 was quickly exceeded. Cars like this, in such presentable condition are becoming very difficult to find and starting to appreciate in value… rapidly.

Under its long bonnet sits a 186 ci straight six that also powered the ‘cooking’ GTS Monaro and the Kingswoods and Premiers of the day as well as the original LC Torana GTR XU1 in a more highly-tuned form.

According to the original delivery books, that came with the car, along with service history, the Monaro coupe was first delivered to its West Pennant Hills owner on July 25, 1969.

Originally finished in Ermine White with black upholstery and black vinyl roof, the Monaro survives very much as it left the factory. Its current lady owner has cherished it for almost 50 years, keeping it garaged and very well-maintained.

At some stage in the 1980s a replacement engine was fitted and the transmission was rebuilt in 1994. Invoices show a regular pattern of servicing dating back to 1996 and help confirm the Monaro’s mileage of just 74,657 on the clock.

Twenty-five years ago it was resprayed in its original colour and at this time the black vinyl roof was discarded.

Although the paintwork generally is in good condition there are some humidity blisters, however the interior is pristine and very well preserved.

Notable features include the period rear louvres, air shocks at the rear and air horns, as well as the wind deflectors and rubber strips.

Monaros like this rarely hit the auction scene as they usually change hands privately. It’s a great way to start a collection or become a worthy addition to one. Holden didn’t produce many ‘base’ Monaros with a 186 and Powerglide auto combo, making this lion rare indeed.

The Monaro came with a full history and original books.