1968 Holden HK GTS Monaro

Qualified at: Extreme Auto Expo

IN THE 16 years prior to Darren Seal purchasing this 327 GTS Bathurst Monaro in 2011, it had sat under a tree for six years, before being laid up in a barn for the next 10.

“The guy I bought it off was going to restore it,” says Darren, “but he never got around to it. It came with a boot full of parts that he’d been collecting for those 10 years.”

Mind you, during the five-year build, Darren still invested considerable time tracking down a host of hard-to-find pieces.

“I was determined to use original where I could,” says Darren. “I some cases I swapped repro parts for genuine.”

This is pretty understandable given the car is a factory Saginaw four-speed, 10-bolt Bathurst car that rolled of the production line in August 1968. The other time-intensive part of the build was all the rust repairs – so much rust. All of which has been meticulously replaced with fresh steel. This GTS has not only impressed the judges, it also had a number of knowledgeable onlookers commenting on some of its key (read rare) components.

Unbelievably this is only Darren’s second ever ground-up build, which was finished just in time for Meguiar’s MotorEx Melbourne 2016. Yet it’s an incredibly impressive restoration, snagging 1st Place Best Overall Factory Muscle on debut at MotorEx and is now the first ‘original-style’ car to become a Meguiar’s Super Qualifier.

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