Glenn Flinken­berg

Car: HG GTS 350 Monaro Hometown: Auck­land, NZ

Australian Muscle Car - - My Muscle -

What is it?

“A Monaro HG GTS 350 in Rally Red with San­dal­wood in­te­rior and 3.08:1 diff ra­tio (3.36:1 was op­tional).”

When did you buy it?

“1974. At the time I was an ap­pren­tice me­chanic at a large Ford dealer, would you be­lieve, work­ing on, among other things, XW, XY, XA and XB GTs! First Monaro I ever drove was a Sil­ver Mink 327 back in ’68. It was love at rst sight. It wasn’t un­til 1974, how­ever, that I was in a po­si­tion to buy one. That de­lay worked in my favour be­cause, in my opin­ion, they saved the best till last – a sen­ti­ment echoed in AMC #51.”

Why did you buy it?

“Al­though I’m an en­thu­si­ast who ap­pre­ci­ates all good cars, rst and fore­most I am a Holden man and, if you were a Holden man in the late ’60s, you just had to have a Monaro. Apart from the fact I think the HG is the best look­ing of the HK- HG se­ries (just love those sidewinder stripes and 350 de­cals) the con­stant rav­ings about the HG 350 from Peter Robin­son and Mel Ni­chols in Wheels and Sports Car World just re­in­forced what I al­ready knew. Amongst other things, they called it, ‘One of the all-time greats’ and who was I to ar­gue?”

What do you know about its his­tory?

“First owner was some­one from the Amer­i­can Em­bassy in Welling­ton. I’ve never been able to track him down but as­sume he was a GM fan posted out to NZ and wanted the clos­est thing he could nd to a Ca­maro. I’m the third owner. I’ve spo­ken to the sec­ond owner who, not sur­pris­ingly, re­grets sell­ing it.”

How does it go?

“Be­ing a late ’70 build, it has the McK­in­non en­gine (see AMC #51 also), so it’s a very strong per­former and I just love its tractabil­ity. You can go down to vir­tu­ally a stand­still in top then just pull away so smoothly. I’ve had some magni cent drives in this car par­tic­u­larly in my early years of own­er­ship when there was a lot less traf­fic on the roads and I was, shall we say, a tad more reck­less than I am to­day. Point to point these cars are just so strong – peo­ple wouldn’t be­lieve some of the av­er­age speeds these cars were/are ca­pa­ble of.”

Any­thing you’d like to add?

“With all the win­dows down, that clas­sic coupe shape and the fab­u­lous bur­ble from the four­branch ex­haust on the over­run, life doesn’t get much bet­ter!”

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