Lloyd Thies

Car: Holden Monaro GTS Home­town: Up­per Ca­bool­ture, Queens­land

Australian Muscle Car - - My Muscle -

What is it?

“It’s a HK Monaro GTS pow­ered by a 307 Chev bored to 327, with roller rock­ers, small man­age­able Crow camshaft, Hol­ley 600CMF carby and high-vol­ume oil pump.”

When did you buy it?

“April 26, 1986.”

Why did you buy it?

“The orig­i­nal owner, a gin­ger farmer [ED: You mean he was a ranga?] lived about a kilo­me­tre up the road from me. I have al­ways wanted one, but could not af­ford one. Nor did the op­por­tu­nity arise when I was bring­ing up a fam­ily of four. From the rst time I saw one in a show­room up in Toowoomba, just be­fore they were re­leased to the pub­lic, I wanted one.”

What else do you know about its his­tory?

“It’s a pre Au­gust car, mean­ing that there some dif­fer­ences to the later mod­els. It was rst reg­is­tered on Septem­ber 4, 1968. It was the 12,936th Holden off the assem­bly line at Aca­cia Ridge.”

How does it go?

“Sweet! It is not a racer, but the longer you have be­hind the wheel the sweeter it feels. Like when we drove to the WA Na­tion­als in Bus­sel­ton. Maybe not so sweet in town traf­fic with lots of cor­ners.”

Any­thing you’d like to add?

“I drove it around to the orig­i­nal owner to show him af­ter it was re­built and he was be­side him­self to see his old car look­ing so good. I also put some Sim­mons mags on oc­ca­sion­ally. Also shown in the pho­tos is my wife Ma­ree’s car.”

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