The recently restored Ian Geoghegan Holden Monaro Sports Sedan is up for auction. Pic: Burns & Co

BIDDING is underway in the auction of the Holden Monaro GTS Sports Sedan built for Ian ‘Pete’ Geoghegan.

Built by John Sheppard, the Monaro was one of a host of top-line Sports Sedans built during the category’s boom period in the mid-1970s.

Originally wearing HJ panels when it debuted in 1975, the car was put back to HQ trim to allow it to use the 5.7 litre Chevrolet V8 engine it was intended to run.

Although it only raced with Geoghegan in Craven Mild colours for a couple of seasons, the car was a mainstay of Sports Sedan and GT racing for much of the next 15 years.

Garry Rogers purchased the car in 1977 who campaigned it in the national championship, before it passed through the hands of Phil Lucas, Bob Stevens and Mike Bignall.

Western Australian racer Allan McCarthy was the last to race the car before it was sold to Graham McMinn, who intended to restore the car to its original specifications.

Geoghegan leading Colin Bond and Allan Moffat during the July meeting at Sandown in 1976. Pic: / Ian Smith

Kerry Turley picked up the project in 2006 and spent the next 15 years performing an extensive, immaculate restoration on the machine.

The car is part of next month’s Burns & Co Classic Car Auction but online bidding is already underway. The auction ends on February 6.

Garry Rogers at Calder Park in 1977 aboard the ex-Geoghegan Monaro. Pic: / Ian Smith
Will Dale is V8 Sleuth's Head of Content - Digital. He began his media career as a breakfast radio newsreader before joining SPEED TV Australia and FOX SPORTS Australia in 2012 as its Digital Editorial Lead - Motorsport, covering all forms of motorsport both in Australia and internationally. He became part of the V8 Sleuth team in 2018.