FA­MOUS BATHURST MONARO UP FOR GRABS

BILL TUCKEY'S HT GTS 350 HOLDEN MONARO GO­ING TO AUC­TION

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A SLICE of mo­tor­sport his­tory is for sale on Oc­to­ber 21 with Lloyds Auc­tions of­fer­ing the 1969 HT GTS 350 Monaro raced by Bill Tuckey.

In 1969 the Ford v Holden ri­valry erupted at Bathurst. Both brands ar­rived at Mount Panorama with their lat­est and most po­tent weapons. Ford with its first GT-HO and Holden with a 5.7-litre en­gine stuffed un­der the bon­net of the Monaro, now called a GTS 350.

A name equally syn­ony­mous with Bathurst is leg­endary motoring jour­nal­ist and former edi­tor, Bill Tuckey, who drove a pri­va­teer GTS 350 Monaro for his third start on the moun­tain.

Now 48 years on and af­ter a painstak­ing restora­tion, this his­toric race car is for sale.

Tuckey was as slick be­hind the wheel as he was be­hind a key­board and this GTS 350 Monaro, a spe­cial dealer prepped ver­sion with all the trick bits, was owned and en­tered by Syd­ney Holden dealer, Boyded of Bankstown.

Tuckey and co-driver Sib Pe­tralia teamed up to race the GTS 350 Monaro in the Surfers Par­adise 12-hour race plus other meet­ings at Syd­ney’s War­wick Farm and Oran Park cir­cuits, with Tuckey at the wheel and later on, twice Aus­tralian Driv­ers’ Cham­pi­onship win­ner Spencer Martin.

The Monaro's prove­nance was con­firmed in 2005 prior to its pur­chase by its cur­rent owner, who then ar­ranged a con­cours restora­tion over­seen by Bathurst win­ner and former HDT and HSV staffer, John Har­vey.

The Tuckey Monaro is be­ing pre­sented as close as pos­si­ble to its 1969 liv­ery and spec, right down to the replica Fire­stone tyres and comes with a copy of the orig­i­nal CAMS log­book ap­pli­ca­tion.

With the 350 Chevro­let en­gine nes­tled un­der the bon­net cou­pled to an Amer­i­can Sag­i­naw close-ra­tio gear­box, 10-bolt Sal­is­bury dif­fer­en­tial and a host of other spe­cial ho­molo­gated rac­ing com­po­nents, the GTS 350 Monaro trounced the Fal­con GT-HO at Mount Panorama.

Rally aces turned cir­cuit rac­ers, Colin Bond and Tony Roberts won the race that also in­cluded a cou­ple of rook­ies named Brock and Mof­fat on the list of en­trants.

This rare and sig­nif­i­cant piece of Aus­tralian mo­tor­sport his­tory, pos­si­bly the only sur­viv­ing GTS350 Monaro from the 1969 great race, is pre­sented in stun­ning con­di­tion. What makes it unique is the name ‘Tuckey’ on the bon­net.

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