My Mus­cle Car

Noel Den­ney

Australian Muscle Car - - Maniac -

Car: HQ four-door GTS Home­town: Warn­bro, WA What is it? It’s a 1974 HQ four-door GTS 308 four-speed. It’s an Ade­laide-built car in Co­gnac metal­lic with Doe­skin/Chest­nut trim with B/W her­ring­bone in­serts. It’s got fac­tory ra­dio-cas­sette and speak­ers, fac­tory air-con­di­tion­ing, fac­tory LSD. The colour in it­self is rare on Monaros. As I am led to be­lieve, there were only 12 or­dered in this colour. I have only ever seen one other and that was a four-door 253 auto with Ju­niper green trim. I be­lieve my combo with the op­tions is prob­a­bly a one-off as I have con­tacted Monaro clubs and Face­book pages and pretty much no one has seen the combo be­fore and only a hand­ful of peo­ple have ac­tu­ally seen the colour. When did you buy it? I pur­chased the car in 2016 even though I wasn’t re­ally look­ing for a car as I’d owned a few over the last 15-odd years and had sold them off. Why did you buy it? A mate of mine, Frank, spot­ted this car for sale on Aus­tralian Mus­cle Car Sales and posted it on Face­book. I fell in love with it at rst sight, and be­ing a 308 four­speed had to have it. I gave them a ring and dropped a de­posit on it, got it in­spected, found it was all good, then trans­ported it to WA from Queens­land. What do you know about its life? Af­ter a cou­ple of months I started to do some dig­ging for its his­tory and thanks to the re­ceipt le that came with the car I was even­tu­ally able to track down and speak with the orig­i­nal owner, Phil. He pur­chased it new from Kyle Mo­tors in Kal­go­or­lie in 1974, aged 24. Phil’s fam­ily were well-known pas­toral­ists in the area. I asked him why he chose the un­usual colour with the delete op­tion stripes (as the car was orig­i­nally de­liv­ered), as most young blokes would have or­dered some­thing like red with black in­te­rior and stripes. Phil ex­plained to me that his girl­friend at the time (now his wife) had in­put into the combo! He ac­tu­ally or­dered it stripe delete as he said the cops were onto GTSs and GTs at the time so he didn’t want to stand out. He said from a dis­tance it just looked like a Kingswood! Any­way, Phil moved from Kal­go­or­lie to Gin­gin, which is closer to Perth, where it was parked up for around 15 years. In the early 2000s, a chap named Jesse was go­ing out with Phil’s daugh­ter and he kept bug­ging Phil to sell him ei­ther the GTS or an EH also parked in his shed. One day Phil said, “Which one do you want?!” Ob­vi­ously Jesse picked the Monaro and he told me he spent a lot of dough paint­ing it – brakes, sus­pen­sion, ex­haust, etc – as it was in shed- nd con­di­tion. Jesse also added the stripes. It was later sold to an­other guy here in WA, Grant, who later moved to NSW. Grant sold it to a bloke in Queens­land (Pe­ter) who owned it brie y be­fore sell­ing it to Rob, who had the in­te­rior trim re­done. Then I pur­chased it through Aus­tralian Mus­cle Car Sales. Now she’s back in WA where she be­longs! Any­thing you’d like to add? I will soon be re­unit­ing Phil with his car with a visit to his Gin­gin prop­erty. She is a beau­ti­ful look­ing car – not per­fect – but pics don’t do her jus­tice. She is much nicer in real life. Fi­nally, I ac­tu­ally bought the car with­out my lovely wife Su­san know­ing. I got a bit of a bol­lock­ing when I told her, but she ab­so­lutely loves the car and I’m now for­given!

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