1971 HOLDEN HQ MONARO GTS 350 - $399999
The HQ Monaro Coupe emerged in July of 1971, featuring a completely new body design
over the First Generation ‘K,T,G’ models. Some notable changes were the larger rear
window, squarer rear quarters and integrated taillights into the rear chrome bumper. The HQ
Monaro was available in Base Model, Monaro LS, GTS and GTS 350. While most Base and
LS models received the 173ci and 202ci engines respectively, the GTS came standard with
the 253ci and could be optioned with the 308ci. The Chevrolet sourced 350ci V8 was
reserved for GTS 350 model lines.
This immaculate example is a genuine, matching numbers HQ Monaro GTS 350, leaving GM-
H’s Dandenong manufacturing facility in 1971. According to the Holden Historical Services
Production Report, this Monaro was ordered for company use by GM-H in Victoria. This GTS
350 is finished in the subdue ‘San Remo Gold’ over ‘Antique Brown’ trim. All GTS badging is
present with correct ‘350’ decal across the front fenders. Correct GTS wheels feature at each
corner and benefit from period correct square edge chrome wheel trims. Subtle details such
as correctly coloured grille and lower sill stainless moulds add to the authentic nature of this
The interior presents just as beautifully demonstrating the elegant shade of antique brown
trim throughout. The attention to detail continues with ‘GM’ stainless belt buckles, GTS
steering wheel, textured 4-speed shift knob and original AM radio. As with the long sill scuff
plates, presenting like a mirror as you step into the drivers seat. While the HQ interiors are
quite restrained in their design, they offer a true driver focused experience that you’d expect
from a GTS 350.
The driveline is matching numbers equipment, boasting a strong 350ci V8 mated to a 4-speed
Muncie gearbox. Power is sent to the rear wheels via a 3.08:1 Salisbury and limited slip
differential. This revered running gear was the best of the best from the factory for HQ
Monaro’s, offering a truly special driving experience particularly in the early 70s. This Monaro
also benefits from power assisted front wheel disc brakes.
A Holden Historical Services Production Report has been sought for this HQ Monaro GTS
350 and demonstrates the pre and post build data as well as additional information relating to
the ordering and production process. A copy has been provided in the images above.
As far as rare and genuine Monaro’s go, it does not get much better than this. With matching
numbers and a complete restoration having been done, this Monaro is ready for solid spirited
cruising or a special car collection.
MODEL: HQ MONARO GTS 350
COLOUR: SAN REMO GOLD
INTERIOR: ANTIQUE BROWN
ENGINE: 350ci V8
TRANSMISSION: 4-SPEED MUNCIE