The 1960s were the right time for race-ready cars from the factory—and that wasn’t just true in the USA. GM’s Australian division, Holden, made the HK Monaro an instant winner with its GTS 327 package. Tony Roberts and Bob Watson piloted one to a first race win at the 1968 Sandown 3-hour endurance race. Later in 1968, the Monaro took a 1-2-3 finish at Mt. Panorama, with privateers Bruce McPhee and Barry Mulholland leading the charge.
This first-year example comes equipped with a bunch of fast and fun goodies. A 327-ci V8 (underrated at 250 hp), 4-speed manual, limited slip differential and a tach down by the shifter on the console are among those bits. When the seller refers to the fuel tank as large capacity, he means one that holds 25 gallons of go-juice. Power brakes were also part of the package.
The paint and interior appear in very good condition as shown in the photos. There is no mention of the car’s running condition or if there is any rust, so be sure to ask any questions you may have before placing your bid. After all, you’ll probably be calling Australia if you need spare body and trim parts.
Only one first gen (1968-71) HK Monaro has sold on eBay Motors in the USA in recent years. That white over black leather ’69 GTS 327 needed some work but still sold at $42,211. The GTS 327 models originally started at AU$3,790, which was around US$4,216 at the time. Click here for the auction listing.