After spending several hours last weekend at the Monaro Club Show and Shine, I thought that I’d go back and have a look through some previous photographs of Holden Monaro classic cars.
Like many cars I have photographed over the years, this 1976 Holden Monaro HX GTS came through a friend of a friend, and fortunately the owner, Tony, lived locally.
Holden released their HX range in July 1976 as a relatively minor upgrade to the HJ series. The HJ was released in October 1974 as an upgrade to the extremely popular HQ Holdens. The front look of the HJ/HX was squarer than the HQ, with a new rectangular grill, square headlight surrounds, new bumpers and new wrap around indicators. Rear body panels were similar in shape but with new taillights. The HJ Monaro was available in two and four door body styles, but the two-door body was dropped in the HX range. Although the 350 Chev V8 engine from the HQ was no longer available, HX Holden Monaro owners could chose either the 4.2 or 5.0 litre V8 engines.
Front and rear spoilers were fitted, and the bucket seats could be fitted with optional herringbone cloth with a red accent. Front guards featured triple vents behind the front wheels. The Monaro also featured a sports dash with additional gauges in a silver fascia. The HX range of Holdens was in turn replaced by the HZ range, which featured the new RTS suspension, in October 1977.
Tony bought his HX 4 door Holden Monaro in reasonably poor condition for $2,000 in 2001 and spent several years bringing it back to near original condition. The body, paintwork, engine bay and interior are a testament to Tony’s passion for quality and originality.
However, not all is exactly as it left the factory. Although the engine block is original, a head off a later VN Commodore has been fitted with some go faster bits and pieces. This in turn led to fitting the non-original bonnet scoop and externally mounted extra gauges. Large tacho with shift light, and mag wheels and tyres aren’t original either.
My pictures of Tony’s Monaro featured on the cover of Australian Classic Car magazine back in November 2004 along with a longer story inside. It actually caused quite a stir with more conservative readers of the magazine who expressed their concerns about having a non-original classic car on the cover. For quite a while after that it was difficult to secure a cover story in the magazine for a car that was not totally original – even if it was only wearing period mag wheels.
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