Shannons have the final coupe iteration of the original ‘Monaro’ series – an increasingly collectible Limited Edition 1976 Holden HX LE coupe – coming up at its Summer Classic Auction in Sydney on February 15.
While the HX LE did not physically wear the hallowed ‘Monaro’ nameplate, Holden fans regard it as a true blue member of the breed and now value it accordingly.
The run of just 580 HX LE coupes was produced at Holden’s Pagewood plant in Sydney and featured striking metallic crimson paintwork, gold pin striping and stylish ‘LE’ lettering on its boot-lid.
Four quartz halogen headlights, colour-keyed front and rear spoilers and unique gold-finished 14×7-inch polycast wheels completed the distinctive model.
The HX LE came only as a package with Holden’s 308-cid V8, the Turbo-Hydramatic transmission and Salisbury limited slip differential – all high-performance Monaro hardware.
The passenger compartment combined GTS features with a walnut finish dash fascia and centre console, with crushed velour and cloth trim.
Its comprehensive equipment listing included power windows, power steering, power aerial, integrated air conditioning, heated rear window, quadraphonic eight-track cartridge player and tinted windows.
The HX LE being auctioned by Shannons was sold new in Toowoomba and remains in very original condition in the hands of its third owner.
It also has its original eight-track cartridge stereo system, which although not currently fitted, is included in the sale, along with a number of spare music cartridges.
Shannons expect the Holden HX LE to sell in the $32,000-$36,000 range.