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Rare left hand drive Monaro starts bidding war

A LEFT-HAND-DRIVE, GM Australia-built Holden Monaro has started a bidding war after it was listed via V8 Sleuth partner My105.com late last week.

Believed to be one of only a handful of left-hand-drive examples in the country, the Monaro is being auctioned by the online platform here with support from V8 Sleuth.

The majority of the car’s 31,739km on the odometer was racked up by Holden engineers at the Lang Lang proving ground in preparation for the Pontiac export program.

The car was subsequently purchased by Fastrack 15 years ago where it was predominantly used as a promotional vehicle for photoshoots and marketing events.

The decision was made in 2022 to turn it into a dedicated track experience car at which point it was also painted inside and out. Since the modifications were made, the car has travelled fewer than 500kms, which were done at a test day at Sandown.

Powered a Gen IV 6.0 litre LS2 V8 engine, it puts down 298kw (400hp) at 6,000 RPM which is good for a sub 5 second 0-100km/h sprint.

Featuring a six-speed manual Tremec T56 gearbox, it also has a Harrop diff cover for increased oil capacity as well as a custom exhaust with VS extractors by Impact Motorsport.

The left hand drive Monaro could be used for racing, track days or become part of a collection – or all three! Photo: Supplied.

The Monaro boasts Bilstein suspension all-round as well as high-performance AP Racing calipers (with brand new slotted DBA rotors recently installed to the front). The wheels have been upgraded to a set of Lenso D-Spec-E alloys (18×9.5) wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport racing slicks.

Driver comfort is taken care of via a RPM race seat and RPM harness and from a safety perspective, a national spec roll cage (manufactured by Race Cred Engineering) is ready for Motorsport Australia certification. A custom console (including push-button start) has been installed as well as a suede steering wheel.

This unique piece of Australian muscle car history would be perfect to take to the track to race in categories including Sports Sedans, Super TT, Vic V8s and QLD Touring Cars.

Conversely, it would look just as good as part of a collection or for the occasional track or club day.

The auction ends on June 13 at 8pm AEST.

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