Perhaps due to the fact that Holden is no longer building cars in Australia, it recently had the time to partner with a series of firms to create a special one-off Monaro.
This Monaro, painted in a shade dubbed Panorama Blue Suede, was acquired by Holden when it had 214,000 km (132,000 miles) on the odometer. A comprehensive restoration then commenced.
Perhaps most significantly, the car’s original LS1 V8 was completely re-built by Maurice Fabietti, who runs the ACDelco Pro Slammer Monaro drag racing team. A host of modifications were made to the engine, including the fitment of a Chevrolet performance camshaft from Eagle Auto and some cylinder head alterations. In addition, there is a U.S.-spec GTO exhaust system and an upgraded version of the original FluidDrive transmission.
To further update the car, Holden equipped it with AP Racing brakes as well as a new suspension from Sachs Performance and Triple Eight Race Engineering and fitted a set of Bridgestone S007A tires. There are also a handful of bespoke exterior parts, including new hood scoops, a custom front splitter, and a new fuel filler door.
As for the cabin, it was overhauled and refreshed by Auto Image Interiors with design input from Holden Design. The tweaked cabin also includes unique badges, build plates, and wheel center treatments.
Consumers will be able to win the Monaro by visiting a Holden Dealer Service department or by purchasing Holden Genuine or ACDelco parts before the competition ends on March 31st, 2020.
“Some of the tests we put Project Monaro through were similar to the tests our talented Engineers put the original V2 Monaro’s through almost 20 years ago, it’s a great car to drive and someone is going to be very lucky when they win it,” Holden lead Performance Engineer Rob Trubiani said.