Manufacturer: Biante Model Cars
Product Code: A73390
Limited Edition of 804pcs
The Holden Monaro could easily lay claim to being one of Australia’s most iconic and most beloved cars that has ever been produced. From its inception in 1968, to its modern evolution in 2001, the Monaro has, and always will have a place in the Australian motor enthusiasts heart.
The HQ Monaro was the first model series to make up the second generation of Monaro’s produced for the Australian market from 1971 to 1977. The new HQ series featured a new body design and the new coupe design wasn’t initially considered as sporty looking as the previously released HK, HT and HG versions of the car. Some attributed this to the overall shape with the rear window being larger and the rear quarter window being more square than previous versions. This affected the curve and slope of roof flowing into the rear of the car. However, these initial concerns were eventually dismissed with the HQ now being considered one of the best designs produced by an Australian manufacturer.
The HQ Monaro GTS was faced with some unfortunate competition from within its own ranks, which some argue hurt its progress at the time. The Statesman luxury sedan was also available with the 350 engine as an option and the replacement of the bigger coupes with the Holden Torana GTR XU-1 as Holden’s favoured machine for Touring Car racing both combined to detract some of the attention away from the Monaro. While it may have faced some minor problems back in it’s hey-day, if you’re lucky enough to still have one in your garage today then you’re most likely very pleased with yourself because a factory HQ GTS 350 Coupe is considered quite rare indeed, with pristine examples fetching prices north of $100,000.