It was a win for the home team at the Australian Concours d’Elegance. Hemmings reports this 1969 Holden Monaro GTS became the first Australian car to ever win at such a prestigious event, even at local Australian outings.
“For a Holden of any type to win an International Concours event is certainly unexpected,” said Paul Mathers, director of Motorclassica, the Melbourne event that includes the Australian Concours d’Elegance. He went on to call the restoration of this 1969 Monaro GTS as “literally faultless.”
The Holden Monaro first appeared as a challenger to the Ford Falcon in 1968 but arrived with a 327 Chevrolet V8 under the hood. In 1969, Holden swapped in its own 350 V8 and led the way to many podiums, including the famed Bathurst.
This particular 1969 Monaro GTS only emerged from its restoration two days before the Australian Concours d’Elegance. It keeps its original 350 Holden V8 engine mated to a manual transmission.
With Holden ending local production in just a year, we can only assume more classic Holdens will be held to a new standard.