The Serbian Monaro

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im­ages of a 1968 HK Monaro for sale in Ser­bia first ap­peared on the in­ter­net last year when it went up for grabs. In­cred­i­bly, as we have re­cently learned, the Aussie six-cylin­der coupe was bought by a buyer from Malta for 7500 (A$11,900).

Judg­ing by the rusty floor, it will have been lucky to have sur­vived the jour­ney to the is­land na­tion in the Mediter­ranean Sea.

Re­gard­less, the HK has al­ready led an in­cred­i­ble life, says, ven­dor Mi­los Dinic.

“The guy who bought it in Aus­tralia was one of many Serbian work­ers that left Ser­bia (ex-Yu­goslavia) af­ter World War II when Tito’s Com­mu­nists took [power],” Mi­los ex­plained.

“He came [back] here by ferry with the Monaro, but the Com­mu­nist regime con­fis­cated his car be­cause it was right-hand drive... but the real truth is that they con­trolled all peo­ple who were com­ing from Aus­tralia be­cause many Serbian and Croa­t­ian war crim­i­nals es­caped to Aus­tralia as soon as the WWII ended.

“Com­mu­nists didn’t like show-off peo­ple,” Mi­los con­tin­ued, high­light­ing that they caused dis­tur­bances by “show­ing off the prop­erty they earned in capitalistic coun­tries.

“The owner of the Monaro moved back to Aus­tralia and never came back to Yu­goslavia.

“The guy who sold me the car bought it dur­ing [the] 1980s in a state agency auc­tion. Af­ter [a] few years he left it in his vil­lage be­hind an old house in the coun­try­side close to Kur­sum­lija town (south Ser­bia), where my brother Lazar found it and bought [it] for 800.

“I now live in Florence, Italy and my brother and father didn’t have money to re­store it, so they de­cided to sell it. The of­fer came from Malta so I hope the car will have a new life there.”

Given the num­ber of Aussies of Mal­tese her­itage we’re sure some­one will send us a pic of the car if it sur­vived the trip from Ser­bia. AMC’s ‘spies’ cover the globe and have long proven to be ex­perts in sniff­ing out Aus­tralian­made clas­sics in re­mote and un­likely cor­ners of the world. Malta will be easy pick­ings!

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