It was the 1968 HK Monaro GTS with the Chevy 327 engine that gave Holden its first win at Bathurst, back when it was called the Hardie-Ferodo 500.
And the owner of this survivor HK Monaro will be feeling every bit the winner after the car fetched $330,000 at auction yesterday, not the $500,000 anticipated — but a fair whack for an old banger.
Finished in Silver Mink with 57K on the clock, the car featured mostly original paintwork, completely original interior and even came with original number plates.
Most importantly, however, it had genuine matching numbers.
This means the numbers stamped on the engine and transmission match the chassis VIN number, proving it is was the genuine article.
The rear axle and differential date code and casting number must also correspond.
Back in October, 2020 a similar Holden Bathurst Monaro sold for $320,000 at auction while a Bathurst Raced HT Monaro 57D sold for $750,000 back in June, 2020.
Other items auctioned of interest that went under the hammer included a one-of-a-kind 1979 Holden VH SL/E Prototype found under a dust sheet in Country Victoria.
It had never been started or even driven, and had an odometer reading of just 2km.
The panels are hand formed, the grille made from wood and has a dummy radio/cassette player — there are even lumps of automotive clay in the boot.
Three were made, two were destroyed, only one survives — it’s believed to be the only one left in the world.
It went for $108,000.
“This auction just proves that the value in classic cars is still going up and people are classifying them as an investment for the future and today the amount of sales would be one of our highest percentages selling under the hammer during the LIVE auction,” Lloyds Lee Hames said.
“As we have seen in recent years, results consistently show that Australian classic vehicles that are in original condition, of limited build number, has a steel bumper, celebrity affiliation or significant provenance just continue to grow in value, and we have seen that here in today’s auction.”