HOLDEN MONARO LS

WHILE THE TORANA WAS HAN­DLING RACE TRACK DU­TIES THE MONARO LS TOOK ON A MORE DIG­NI­FIED ROLE.

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IT’S NOT AS VIS­UALLY WILD as the bright orange GTS 350 we ran on the cover of last is­sue, but with its pur­ple paint and sports wheels, this Monaro LS still man­ages to scream the seven­ties.

At the time, the Monaro badge was at­tached to four and two-door cars, both of which have re­tained their val­ues over time. How­ever it’s the two-door coupes that are in big­gest de­mand for their iconic body shape.

At this stage in its fourth gen­er­a­tion, the Monaro had been usurped in its role as fac­tory racer by the Torana, and was now the mus­cle car or cruiser in the range. They man­aged solid sales, with 13,872 coupes made.

The LS (for Lux­ury Sport) was the ‘ma­ture cruiser’ vari­ant, run­ning niceties such as Premier front bucket seats, leather trim, dual head­lamps and vinyl roof. The fact that the lat­ter is ab­sent on this ex­am­ple may be a good thing given their rep­u­ta­tion for be­ing a rust trap.

The stan­dard powr­plant was the 202 straight six, with Tri­matic auto be­hind it. It was cer­tainly a solid, if not overly in­spir­ing, combo. Spend a bit more money and you could get the 253 ‘baby’ V8, with a sim­i­lar trans­mis­sion, a set-up we reckon is much more in keep­ing with the style of the car. And that’s what this one is run­ning, with a col­umn shift. The 253 is ro­bust and has a bit of char­ac­ter to it.

Find it at Mus­cle­CarSta­bles.com.au, priced at $95,000.

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