Holden HJ Monaro

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Holden HJ Monaro

1974 - 1976
Country:
Australia
Engine:
6 cyl. & V8
Capacity:
202 6 cyl; 253/308 V8
Power:
108-250 bhp 80-186 kW
Transmission:
3/4 spd. man / 3 spd. Tri-matic & Turbohydramatic 400
Top Speed:
n/a
Number Built:
4,754
Collectability:
4 star
As a rush of new European models entered the market and Australians were presented with a wider range of choices in general, the HJ Monaro upgrade had to satisfy a more demanding enthusiast buyer.

Introduced in October 1974, the HJ Monaro GTS offered extra comfort, a comprehensive sports instrument panel of its own and greater emphasis on body detailing to further distinguish it from other models. Beefier HJ styling was matched by extra-strength bumpers.

The four-headlight Monaro LS coupe became the new entry level Monaro and the GTS continued as a single headlight coupe or four door sedan. All HJ Monaro coupes retained the HQ's rear styling.

More imposing than its predecessor, the four door GTS featured a prominent, blacked-out grille, bigger wraparound rear lights, more aggressive side vents and decals.

Full foam high-backed seats came in a variety of trims, including herringbone with a red centre stripe. The GTS instrument panel featured multiple ventilation outlets and clear recessed instruments with international symbols.

The first factory front and rear spoiler options gave the HJ GTS real presence, the deep rear spoiler and new tail lights in particular bolstering its sloping boot line.

As the imported Chevrolet 350 was de-tuned to meet US anti-pollution legislation, it no longer made sense as a premium performance option.

Instead, Holden boosted the compression ratio of the local 308 to close the performance gap. The automatic 308 gained the Turbo-Hydramatic 400 from the previous GTS 350.
HJ Holden Monaro Identification
Engine Number:
L6
Right side of engine block
V8
Top left side of block
Body/Chassis Numbers (located to right hand side of frame):
8P37
Monaro LS Coupe
8Q69
Monaro GTS Sedan
8Q37
Monaro GTS Coupe
Engine Identification:
L
QL 202 LC (low compression) 3300cc
M
QM 202 HC (high compression) 3300cc
S
QS 253 LC (low compression) 4.2 liter V8
R
QR 253 HC (high compression) 4.2 liter V8
T
QT 308 HC (high compression) 5.0 liter V8
Model Year:
D
1974
E
1975
F
1976
Assembly Plant:
H1 - H4
Brisbane
H5 - H9
Sydney
J1 - J9
Dandenong
L1 - L5
Adelaide
5 Digit Serial Number:
The remaining numbers in the sequence are used as a serial number, based on the plant where it was manufactured, and each in numerical sequence. The final letter is "J", identifying the model as a HJ Monaro.

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