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.
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