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1971 Holden HQ GTS Monaro - Reader's car

By Dale Ryan | Photos: Matthew James Imagery, 09 Apr 2018 Features

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Dale Ryan has always had a passion for old Holden muscle cars, especially the HQ

“THIS is my 1971 GTS Monaro coupe, build #39. I have always had a passion for old Holden muscle cars, with HQs being the pick for me; the body lines are just mean and sexy.

This article on Dale Ryan's HQ GTS Monaro was originally published in the February 2018 issue of Street Machine

After lots of dreaming, I found this run-down, neglected Lina Mint green coupe. I picked my dad up and we drove it from one side of the country to the other to pick it up.

Holden HQ GTS MonaroWhat a memorable trip! Once home, I stripped her down and rebuilt her. She runs a four-bolt 350 Chev with double-hump fuellie heads, a steel crank and balancer and lumpy-top pistons, for a compression ratio of 11:1. She has a two-speed Powerglide and a disc-brake rear end with a 3.55:1 gear ratio.

I bought the coupe so I could take the whole family (wife, two kids and my old dog) out cruising, and she drives really nice. I have loud plans for her in the future. Green is nice!”