I’m not usually one for Aussie muscle, but nonetheless I was intrigued when I stumbled upon this little collection the other day. As I was becoming disenchanted with the low quality of used cars I was browsing at a yard, my eyes wandered through a sliding garage door that was partially open. It was an old classic looking warehouse and inside were several old cars, covered in panel beaters dust. All the salesmen were busy making the hard sell to other customers, so I slipped in for a look and snapped these photos on my iPhone.
You can’t dispute the fact that Aussie muscle is now more collectable than it ever has been, and a collection of 4 Monaro’s like this is something special. What’s more, some of them looked in original condition making me curious about their stories. I’m not enough of an expert to tell if the green Falcon is a real GTHO or not, but I think it’s definitely a possibility. I hope that the originality of these cars is preserved when, and if, they are restored.
The body of this red example looked like it might clean up alright, although it would likely need major recommissioning if it were to ever see the road again. There was also an old Valiant of some description up the back, it looked like a Pacer to me.
The South African numberplate was a dead giveaway. I knew that Ford famously exported GTHO Falcons to South Africa (and that the South African GTHO’s are worth a pretty penny), but I had no idea that Holden had a similar export program at the same time. According to the oracle of knowledge that is Wikipedia, this is in fact one of 1,182 HG Chevrolet SS’s. Holden also exported 1,828 HT Monaro’s, badged as Holden Monaro’s and fitted with the Holden 308ci V8 in addition to the 1,182 HG models fitted with the Chevrolet 350ci V8, which were then assembled by General Motors South African at their Port Elizabeth assembly plant. How ironic then that Holden’s manufacturing plant is located at Elizabeth, South Australia.
The Chevrolet SS had a revised front end which made it look similar in appearance to the Chevrolet El Camino of the time.
I wish I’d spent more time having a closer look at these cars, because on inspection of the photos just now I can see what looks very much like another South African numberplate on the back of one of the other Monaro’s. It looks like it has the same vinyl roof as the yellow Chevrolet SS, too. So that then raises the question – if half the Monaro’s are South African, is the green Falcon then one of the famous South African GTHO’s? I think there’s a pretty good chance….