Originally Optioned with Antique Saddle Trim, now new black trim with houndstooth inserts
Decoded as follows:
Model: HQ81837 – Monaro GTS 350
Trim: 1828-11X – Antique Saddle
Paint: 567-13123 – Salamanca Red
Engine: 350 Chevrolet V8
Trans: 3 Speed Auto (B&M Transmission)
10 bolt Salisbury differential
Has dressup chrome parts, K&N Air filter, twin thermo fans and custom alloy radiator
Been fitted with a High Performance Inlet Manifold and Carburettor
Has Pacemaker extractors that have been ceramic coated for longjevitty and good looks
GTS Sports wheels shod with large rubber
Currently a Western Australian vehicle.
For more Information / Photos / Organise an inspection please call Chester on 0414 239 028
ABOUT THE HQ GTS 350
The Chevrolet 350 V8 made its last appearance in the HQ, and took the 308’s meek 176kW and 427Nm to a more appropriate 488Nm and 202kW. That’s less than the HG 350’s outputs, but there’s a reason. Exported from Canada, the engine catered to American emissions controls being introduced in 1973.
Reports reckoned the difference in acceleration was marginal and could only be felt at more than 160km/h. As a result the 350 tore up the quarter mile in 15.7 seconds, despite wheelspinning to 50km/h. Dynamically the Monaro’s rear axle could grip like a barnacle, however, combined with the overall softness in its handling setup, the car defaulted to serial understeer.
It was a harsh reality of an engineering program that prioritised ride and touring ability over track performance. Making leaps forward in other areas, the HQ Monaro was a better road car. The bodyshell was solidly built, with the four-door GTS being based on the coupe rather than the other way around.
There was travel in the suspension, great forward vision, and a well isolated interior. Drive was effortless and smooth. And its pretty design will endure for decades more. Holden may have turned down 350’s burble, but the Chevy-powered HQ GTS mixed Aussie engineering with Yank stonk for a truly rounded muscle car.