When Holden released the HQ-series in July 1971 the hype was unprecedented. The model became the strongest-selling Holden ever produced with a total of 485,650 cars sold. Its popularity stemmed from a mould-breaking and expensive redesign that went on to underpin GMH’s full-size sedan, ute, panel van, coupe and wagon range for nearly a decade.
With the HQ, GMH introduced the first 4 door Monaro. And there was no mistaking the GTS Monaro four-door on the road. With blacked out window frames, bonnet and boot lid stripes, fender louvres, solid Monaro and GTS badging plus the heavily chromed GTS rims the GTS was given a heavy dose of "masculine, sporty appearance".
There were three engine choices - a 253 V8, developing 185 bhp and two optional V8 engines, the 308 (developing 240 bhp) and the imported 350 (275 bhp).
A four-speed, floor-mounted gearbox was standard and all GTSs received heavy duty stabiliser bars, heavy duty shocks and up-rated springs. Tyres were ER70 H14 radials on 6-inch wide by 14-inch diameter steel "sports" wheels. Braking was via servo-assisted 11-inch diameter ventilated front discs and 10-inch drums at the rear. And a limited slip differential was optional.
All GTSs had head restraints, five sets of seat belts, carpet, cigarette lighter, flow-through ventilation, day-night mirror, lockable glove box and steering lock. Instruments in the turned gun-metal dash included fuel, oil and temperature gauges, battery charge indicator, speedometer, tachometer and odometer - in other words, GTS instrumentation. A three-spoked sports steering wheel was standard as was a remote control rear vision mirror.
And to top it off, the full range of GMH options, including integrated air-conditioning, push-button radio, power antenna, tape player, dual exhaust system, vinyl roof, laminated windscreen, super lift shock absorbers and power windows, were available.
AMCS presents for sale a rare one off build HQ GTS Monaro in stunning Cognac Metallic and Doeskin/Chestnut with Herringbone inserts combo. Restored to totally original specifications, this rare all matching numbers L31 308 V8 and factory M21 4 speed manual GTS is heavily optioned with working factory air-conditioning, factory radio cassette and speakers, LSD and stripe delete car.
The car is fully documented with full history known with the original pastoralist Kalgoorlie based owner verifying the original history of the GTS. There is also a photo of the car in the farm shed prior to restoration, a photo of the original salesman from Kyle Motors, Kalgoorlie holding the log books and other documentation including a Holden Historical Services verification letter. There is also an extensive receipt file, loads of hard to source spare parts, some of which are nos and the GTS has featured in an article in the Australian Muscle Car magazine.
Offers are invited over $120,000. The GTS is currently on full WA registration. GTS 74Q custom plates included for WA purchasers. Located 45 minutes south of Perth, WA for your inspection. (AMCS Ref. 5708)
And if you like AMCS will gladly arrange a video inspection/road test of the car using WhatsApp and of course there is no issue with door to door freight delivery anywhere in Australia or New Zealand.
Offers invited over $120,000