Up for Auction – 1969 Holden Monaro GTS Coupe – 57D

The first factory prepared race car for the Holden Dealer Team, as prepared by legendary driver/team manager Harry Firth, a Holden Monaro GTS Coupe, is currently available for sale by Auction at Lloyds Online.

Holden Monaro GTS Coupe

Description: 1969 Holden HT Monaro Coupe

Engine: V8 350ci Chevrolet

Transmission: Manual Saginaw 4-speed

Odometer Indicating: 24,670miles

Seats: 5

Colour: Cashmere White

Description/extras: First Factory prepared race car for the Holden Dealer Team, as prepared by legendary driver/team manager Harry Firth.

Holden Monaro GTS Coupe

This is the car entered into the Sandown 300 in 1969 to be driven by Spencer Martin and Kevin Bartlett. The car failed to finish after a brake failure led to a fiery crash, but had it not been for the crash, the three other HDT  Holden Monaros would not have tasted Bathurst glory a short time later.

57D was used to homologate several changes to the HT model which aided the three Bathurst entries for 1969 and resulted in success for Colin Bond and Tony Roberts at the Hardie-Ferodo 500 taking first place, with Des West and rookie Peter Brock in third.

Under the bonnet of the Holden Monaro Coupe is a classic V8 350ci Chevrolet engine which is controlled via a 4-speed manual Saginaw transmission. This combination would become the ideal choice for enthusiasts and recreational motorsport fans for years to come.

Unlike the ultra-specialised supercars of today, this HT Monaro appears to be much like a regular car only with a few performance upgrades lurking under the bodywork. The interior, save for a couple of special racing-harness style belts, is fairly close to what the average Aussie would have found if they purchased one of these vehicles new in the early 1970s.

This car is a hugely significant piece of Australian motorsport history which not only shaped the success of Holden as a company but also set the stage for domination by Holden and Peter Brock for the next two decades.

This items is to be Sold unregistered

Auction Closes on 19th August 2017 @ 12:00

Click Here to visit Lloyds Online for further details about this piece of Australian automotive history.

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