Good Reputation For The Holden Monaro

Named for the Monaro region of Distinct South Wales, the Monaro was front introduced in The middle of summer 1968 as a deadpan Rival to Ford muscle cars. It is generally considered the early absolute Australian sports machine. Holden, the Australian department of Regular Motors, produced it until 1977 and then in several iterations from 2000 to 2006.

1968 to 1971

The first off Monaros were two-door hardtop coupes in three models: the Monaro coupe, the GTS coupe and the GTS 327 coupe. There were V8 and V8 versions (the GTS 327 exclusive came in V8 to potentiality its 327ci engine). Modified versions challenged Ford at Bathurst and other prestigious races.

In 1969, the HT reach was released, followed by the HG a year next. The GTS 327 became GTS 350 with a three-speed automatic history, the Trimatic. In 1969, the Monaro won "Wheels" Periodical's Vehivle of the Year. The Monaro was phased elsewhere of Bathurst racing, and so its suspension was prepared amassed comfortable for street driving.

1971 to 1976

The Holden HQ Monaro GTS 350 coupe was produced from 1971 to 1977. It besides came in a luxury V8 LS variant. In 1973, the four-door sedan pattern released; a year sequential, the tome legend was discontinued.

Approximately 600 HJ Monaro GTS sedans was produced from 1974 to 1976. Dewy paintwork was coupled with a V8 engine and a Election of coupe or sedan. The Monaro LS coupe had a 3300cc V6 engine as customary; one environing 300 units were produced.

The HX Monaro GTS was released in 1976 to conform with just out emissions requirements. Holden discontinued the two-door coupe Monaro.


To handle up an excess of object shells, Holden released 580 HX Limited Edition (LE) cars. It sold as the Holden Community Edition in an exclusive "LE Bloodshot," dropping the Monaro flag.

Holden stopped using the Monaro fame with the Holden HZ GTS, a sportier story of its average sedans. In export markets, Monaro variants like the Vauxhall Monaro VXR, the Chevrolet Lumina, the Lumina Coupe and the Pontiac GTO were sold until 2006.

New Monaros

After two decades, Holden introduced the Holden Commodore Coupe at the 1998 Sydney Engine Expo. The media dubbed it "Monaro" and the V2 series Monaro launched in 2001. V6 and V8 models came with a Election of four-speed automatic or six-speed guide transmission. The Series 2 vehivle was released in 2003 and the Series 3 in 2004.

In 2003 and 2004, the Holden V2 III Monaro CV8 special-editions came outside, one in gray, the other in red. Late 2004 saw the introduction of the Commodore VZ range; the Monaro CV8 became the VZ Monaro CV8. Also in 2004, Holden built a single Coupe 60 convertible concept car, nicknamed Marilyn.

Other Variants

2005 was the end; Holden produced 1100 limited-edition CV8-Zs. Daniel Mattingley bought the last one in 2006 in an eBay auction to benefit the Leukemia Foundation. The VB Commodore became augmented accepted, and Holden phased outside the HX from 1979 to 1980. In 1980, Holden's "compressed" span used the behind H-series parts in pickups and other vehicles.In the early 1980s, Holden considered reviving the Monaro with a combination of the Holden VH Commodore and Opel Monza. It was not to be.