1969 Holden Monaro HT GTS 350 – Bathurst #44
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1969 Holden Monaro HT GTS 350 Overview
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The Holden Monaro is a rear wheel drive coupé that was produced by Holden between 1968 and 1977 and between 2001 and 2005. Three generations of the Monaro have been produced, with the last spawning a limited edition model (CV8-Z) to farewell the historic name. The Monaro body was used by several different manufacturing brands around the world, seeing export models, various concept cars and even an all wheel-drive variant.
Holden Monaro HT GTS 350
In June 1969, the HK Monaro was replaced by the face lifted HT Monaro. The ‘GTS 327’ became the ‘GTS 350’ with the replacement of the Chevrolet 327 in (5.4 L) V8 by the 300 bhp (224 kW) Chevrolet 350 in (5.7 L) V8. As the Monaro was Holden’s main car in Series Production racing, this was primarily in response to Ford who had released the Ford XW Falcon GTHO Phase I in 1969 which was powered by the 351 Windsor V8 engine (5.8 L). There was also an automatic version of the ‘GTS 350’ introduced which used a lower power version of the 350 in (5.7 L) engine coupled to a 2-speed Powerglide transmission. HT Monaro also marked the phasing out of the 5.0-litre Chevrolet V8, and the introduction of Holden’s own locally made V8 engines, the 4.2-litre 253, and the 5.0-litre 308. Late in the HT model run, a new locally produced 3-speed automatic transmission, the Trimatic, was offered as an option, although it was not available on the ‘GTS 350’.
The HT Monaro can be distinguished from the HK by the adoption of plastic grilles (previously metal), a round speedometer instead of “strip” style allowing for bringing the tachometer into the main instrument cluster instead of on the floor console, rubber front suspension bushes instead of the HK’s sintered bronze, and larger taillights where the turn indicators also wrapped around the now slightly undercut edges. Bodywork ‘go-faster’ stripe designs (delete options) varied for each series; HK stripes were offset to the driver’s side of the bonnet (hood) and bootlid (trunk), the HT had two broad stripes down the centre of the car. HT also had twin air scoops / vents incorporated into their bonnet, which served no real purpose in delivering air into the engine bay.
The HT Monaro GTS350 was successful in Series Production racing. The Holden Dealer Team was formed in 1969 by longtime Ford Works Team boss Harry Firth with the team using the GTS350 in competition. The HDT entered three Monaros in the 1969 Hardie-Ferodo 500 the lead car driven by Colin Bond and Tony Roberts winning from 1968 winners Bruce McPhee and Barry Mulholland who had switched to driving a Falcon GTHO. Coming home third in the Dealer Team’s 3rd Monaro was Des West and Bathurst rookie Peter Brock.
1969 Holden Monaro HT GTS 350 Specifications
|Model:||Holden Monaro HT GTS 350 – Bathurst #44|
|Body Style:||2-door hardtop coupe|
|Engine:||5733 cm3 / 349.8 cui|
|Transmission:||2-speed Powerglide transmission|
|Length:||4694 mm (184.8 in)|
|Width:||1824 mm (71.8 in)|
|Height:||1412 mm (55.6 in)|
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|Model Size:||13 cm x 4.4 cm x 4 cm (5″ x 1.7″ x 1.5″)|
|Approx Model Weight:||400 g (0.88 lbs)|
|Shipping:||Free within Australia only (International Shipping available)|