96 Ac­ces­sory after the fact

GM-H never re­ally in­tended for a car to be fit­ted with ev­ery ac­ces­sory on of­fer, but one Holden owner can never have too much of a good thing… even if his pride and joy is a Monaro GTS 350.

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Spats, spot-lamps, suit­cases and sun­vi­sor for a mus­cle car? You’d bet­ter be­lieve it! AMC delves into what could be an emerg­ing trend. Get set to play I-Spy with a Monaro GTS 350. Theme song: ‘A ded­i­cated fol­lower of fash­ion’ by The Kinks.

Guilty as charged, your Hon­our. Monaro GTS 350 owner John Nolan has ad­mit­ted to go­ing to­tally over­board with the NASCO ac­ces­sory cat­a­logue. Na­tional Au­to­mo­tive Ser­vice Company (NASCO) was the parts and ac­ces­sories di­vi­sion of Gen­eral Mo­tors. On of­fer was an almost end­less line of items to suit a wide range of ve­hi­cles. For the HG Holden, no fewer than 60 NASCO ac­ces­sories were listed for dealer fit­ment ei­ther be­fore or after cus­tomers had taken de­liv­ery of their new ve­hi­cles.

In John’s case, ac­ces­soris­ing after the fact be­gan almost four decades after his GTS 350 first hit the road.

He con­fesses he be­came a ‘se­rial ap­pen­der’ some six years ago.

“My mo­ti­va­tion was to op­tion up a ve­hi­cle with all the NASCO ac­ces­sories that were avail­able for it. It just so hap­pens that the ve­hi­cle is an 81837 coupe,” en­thused John. 81837 is Holden’s code for the GTS 350, which is now part of the lingo for ul­tra-en­thu­si­asts of the Monaro.

That’s a fair enough an­swer from John. Still, the

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