Holden HQ Monaro 4 Door

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Holden Monaro

Holden HQ Monaro GTS 4 Door

1973 - 1974
Country:
Australia
Engine:
6 cyl. & V8
Capacity:
2640/3050/5035/5700 cc
Power:
108-250 bhp 80-186 kW
Transmission:
3/4 spd. man & 2/3 spd. Powerglide auto
Top Speed:
n/a
Number Built:
8,945
Collectability:
4 star
Holden HQ Monaro
Inevitably, the trendsetting two-door Monaro had such a strong influence on the rest of the Holden range that sedans took on a similarly sleek look.

The process began with the HT sedan's 'faster' roofline and became more apparent with the arrival of the fluid HQ.

So it was in the course of this model's long-selling life that Holden took the opportunity to test the waters with a four door Monaro.

In 1972, Holden had offered a limited edition sedan based on the entry level Belmont.

The first SS, it was transformed by sports wheels, GTS grille, side vents, blackouts, black boot panel and unusual bonnet stripes from the headlights to the front scuttle panel.

Backed up by a 4.2 liter 253 V8 mated to an Aussie four speed manual, it included luxury items such as bucket seats, sports steering wheel and GTS instruments and was finished in 'Infra Red', 'Ultra Violet' or 'Lettuce Alone' green, it became a huge hit.

The first four door GTS Monaro arrived in 1973. It featured new contoured front seats, trimmed in a sophisticated herringbone pattern.

Black SS bonnet and boot patches were replaced by louder GTS rally panels on the bonnet and boot lid.

They did the trick; there was no mistaking the GTS Monaro four door for any other of the 250,000 HQ Holdens already on the road.

By this stage, the Monaro GTS 350 - coupe or four door - became a rarer beast as more Australian drivers opted for the home-grown 308 V8.

The final four door HQ Monaro GTS 350 examples still made a fabulous farewell to the Chevrolet small block V8 with Salisbury rear axle, Muncie four speed and 70 series radials.

Please note: For HQ Monaro Identification prior to 1st October 1972, see the HQ Monaro gallery page.
HQ Holden Monaro Identification
(from October, 1972)
Engine Number: (Stamped on a pad at the front of the right hand cylinder bank, with prefix)
QU
HQ GTS 350
Model Numbers: (located on plate attached to right hand side of firewall)
8P37
Monaro LS Coupe
8Q69
Monaro GTS Sedan
8Q37
Monaro GTS Coupe
Engine Identification:
E
QE 173 LC (low compression) 2850cc
D
QD 173 HC (high compression) 2850cc
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:
B
1972
C
1973
D
1974
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 "Q", identifying the model as a HQ Monaro.

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Holden HQ Specifications
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