Monaro tipped to become most expensive Holden sold at auction
Iconic race car could crack $1 million sale price.
One of Australia’s most significant race cars, a 1969 HT Monaro that was the first factory-built racing Holden is up for sale, with predictions it will sell for over $1 million at auction.
Launched in June 1969, the HT Monaro left an indelible mark on Australian automotive history, not just for its handsome two-door styling but also for its emergence as a championship-winning touring car in the hands of legendary drivers like Colin Bond and Norm Beechey.
This particular HT Monaro is the first Holden prepared by motorsport legend Harry Firth and is credited with launching the Holden Dealer Team’s (HDT) racing dominance in the ’70s and ’80s, cementing the Holden versus Ford rivalry that divided the nation for decades.
The car debuted at the 1969 Sandown 300, which ended prematurely due to a fiery crash at the 45-minute mark.
Findings from the crash were used to homologate changes for other HDT Monaros which led to Bond and Tony Roberts claiming victory at Bathurst the same year in a HT Monaro GTS 350, beating rivals Bruce McPhee and Barry Mulholland in a Ford XW Falcon GTHO.
“This car is a significant piece of Australian motorsport history, not only shaping the success of Holden as a company, but also setting the stage for the domination by Holden and Peter Brock for the following two decades,” said Lee Hames, Chief Operations Officer for Lloyds Auctions, which is selling the car.
“While we’re seeing rare classic cars like Holden Toranas and GT Falcons selling for hundreds of thousands (of dollars), none have the colourful back story or cultural significance of this Monaro, which is what makes it so rare and special.
“The enquiry on this car is massive from all over the country… We expect that this incredible piece of history will break seven figures, making it the most expensive Holden ever,” Mr Hames said.
If the iconic Monaro does achieve the forecast $1 million sale price, it will double the previous record for a Holden vehicle sold at auction, said a spokesperson for Lloyds.
Online bidding is available now at Lloyds Auctions.