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General Motors Holden HK, HT, HG, HQ and HX Monaro
General Motors Holden HK Monaro
HK Holden Monaro
The Company
General Motors Holden (GMH) is owned by General Motors Corporation, Detroit, Michigan. To read more about the company click here.

The Monaro
In 1967 Ford had a 1-2 finish at Bathurst 1000 race and Holden knew Ford had gotten the jump on them. In 1968 Holden introduced the HK Holden and in it's range was the HK GTS Monaro. The Chevrolet 327ci powered 2-door V8 was a first coupe for General Motors Holden. In 1968 the Holden Monaro GTS 327 won the Bathurst 1000 and put Holden back in front of the muscle car war.

General Motors Holden HT Monaro
HT Holden Monaro

1969 saw the introduction of the HT and with it came the Australian 253ci and 308ci V8 in addition to the imported 350ci Chevrolet motor that boasted a 300HP output. In 1970 Holden launched the HG Monaro. Visually this was identical to the HT, but underneath was the Australian trimatic automatic transmission.

General Motors Holden HG Monaro
HG Holden Monaro

The HQ GTS Monaro was launched in 1971. This was a totally new body shape. The grille reflected the European Opel and the back bumper with the inset lights came from an American Pontiac GTO. The HQ was thought to be the most radically revamped of the Holden since 1948. The HQ was produced through to 1974.

The Nightrider in Mad Max drove a 1972 Holden HQ LS Monaro, powered by a V8. Read more about this car here.

General Motors Holden HQ Monaro
HQ Holden Monaro

The HJ Monaro was introduced in late 1974 offering extra comfort, a comprehensive sports instrument panel of its own and greater emphasis on body detailing to further distinguish it from other models. The four-headlight Monaro LS coupe became the new entry level Monaro and the GTS continued as a single headlight coupe or four door sedan. All HJ Monaro coupes retained the HQ's rear styling. Holden dropped the 350ci V8 as the largest motor and boosted the compression ratio of the locally produced 308. Holden then decided to discontinue production of the coupe and only produce the 4 door sedan.

General Motors Holden HJ Monaro
HJ Holden Monaro

In 1976, with the release of the HX, Holden realized it had 580 2door bodies remaining. They decided to release a limited edition 2 door Monaro, the LE. It was equipped with a 308, Turbo 400 trans and Salisbury LSD. The exterior was a combination of gold pinstriping and LE decals over metallic red paintwork and honeycomb shaped wheels also painted gold. The rear bumper came from the HQ. The cabin was a mix of GTS bits surrounded by walnut dash. For a car produced to get rid of spare parts, it was remarkably good.

General Motors Holden HX LE Monaro
HX LE Holden Monaro

Price guide
As with any collectable vehicle prices vary wildly depending on rarity, factory options, condition etc. The below guide reflects conditions 5/10 - 10/10 and are based on sales prices that would not include shipping and other associated costs in getting a vehicle to the USA.

HK, HT, HG MonaroU$16,000 - U$45,000
HQ MonaroU$14,000 - U$23,000
HJ MonaroU$10,000 - U$19,000
HX MonaroU$12,000 - U$24,000

Interested in obtaining a Monaro?
Some of the earlier limited edition Monaro's have already shot up dramatically in value over the last five years. They will continue to do so as the later models continue to steadily climb as well. The Chevy boys will really wonder what you have when you turn up to a car show worth one! Click here for more info.


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