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NOT STRICTLY a barn find, it’s the next best thing. An HK Monaro coupe owned by a lady for al­most 50-years, sold for $86,000 at Shan­nons Syd­ney au­tumn auc­tion.

Back in the day both Holden and Ford of­fered ‘stan­dard’ two-door mod­els as part of their model range. Holden beat Ford to the punch with the HK Monaro, Aus­tralia’s first fast­back coupe. It was four more years un­til Ford of­fered theirs, in the XA model.

Over the past few years we’ve seen prices of any Monaro with a ‘GTS’ moniker tied to its rump go bal­lis­tic, a re­cent ex­am­ple be­ing a re­stored HK Monaro GTS 186S that achieved $92,000.

For many, Monaro’s have be­come un­ob­tain­able and for some own­ers, too valu­able to let loose on the roads. Monaros with a race his­tory have hit strato­spheric prices; the $500k paid for the first HDT GTS 350 Monaro is one ex­am­ple.

While it looks plain Jane, bid­ding was intense for this highly-orig­i­nal and to­tally un­mo­lested 1969 HK Monaro coupe and its es­ti­mate of $35-$45,000 was quickly ex­ceeded. Cars like this, in such pre­sentable con­di­tion are be­com­ing very dif­fi­cult to find and start­ing to ap­pre­ci­ate in value… rapidly.

Un­der its long bon­net sits a 186 ci straight six that also pow­ered the ‘cook­ing’ GTS Monaro and the Kingswoods and Premiers of the day as well as the orig­i­nal LC To­rana GTR XU1 in a more high­ly­tuned form.

Ac­cord­ing to the orig­i­nal de­liv­ery books, that came with the car, along with ser­vice his­tory, the Monaro coupe was first de­liv­ered to its West Pen­nant Hills owner on July 25, 1969.

Orig­i­nally fin­ished in Er­mine White with black up­hol­stery and black vinyl roof, the Monaro sur­vives very much as it left the fac­tory. Its cur­rent lady owner has cher­ished it for al­most 50 years, keep­ing it garaged and very well-main­tained.

At some stage in the 1980s a re­place­ment en­gine was fit­ted and the trans­mis­sion was re­built in 1994. In­voices show a reg­u­lar pat­tern of ser­vic­ing dat­ing back to 1996 and help con­firm the Monaro’s mileage of just 74,657 on the clock.

Twenty-five years ago it was re­sprayed in its orig­i­nal colour and at this time the black vinyl roof was dis­carded.

Al­though the paint­work gen­er­ally is in good con­di­tion there are some hu­mid­ity blis­ters, how­ever the interior is pris­tine and very well­p­re­served.

No­table fea­tures in­clude the pe­riod rear lou­vres, air shocks at the rear and air horns, as well as the wind de­flec­tors and rubber strips.

Monaros like this rarely hit the auc­tion scene as they usu­ally change hands pri­vately. It’s a great way to start a col­lec­tion or be­come a wor­thy ad­di­tion to one. Holden didn’t pro­duce many ‘base’ Monaros with a 186 and Pow­er­glide auto combo, making this lion rare in­deed.

The Monaro came with a full his­tory and orig­i­nal books.

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