The Modern Classic – Taking a look at the last of the mighty Monaro’s

Australia has had its fair share of automotive icons over the years, vehicles that encouraged, shaped and defined our automotive culture as we know it. The Holden Monaro has been one particular model that arguably takes out the crown as one of Australia’s most important four wheeled creations and, with a linage that spans a number of decades, the car has won its place in the hearts of enthusiasts across the country. Here we will take a look at the last of the popular two door coupes which farewelled one of Australia’s most loved performance breeds, the Holden Monaro CV8.

The first CV8 Monaro graced the automotive scene 20 years after the HX LE was released. The car had created its own culture and was the prized fighter in the Holden vs Ford debate, so the third coming of the vehicle had big shoes to fill. The first modern Monaro concept was revealed in 1998 at the now debunked Australian International Motor Show in Sydney. The VT-Based coupe received so much fanfare that Holden had no choice but to give the people what they wanted.

The first release occurred 3 years later in 2001 with the VX Commodore based Monaro CV8 (V2) coming onto the scene in spectacular fashion. The Aussie powerhouse featured a 5.7 L Gen III V8 mated to either a 6 Speed manual or 4 speed automatic transmission. The Series 2 model soon debuted at the start of 2003 with a revised dashboard from the VY Commodore, a new wheel design and various colour changes. The CV8-R was a limited edition variant that was available in either a grey or red colour scheme.

It wasn’t until the VZ Monaro hit the market in 2004 that the vehicle received revised front and rear bumper assemblies and the infamous double ducted bonnet. Holden knew that the coupes time was nearing closer to an end so the final incarnation of the Monaro was produced, the CV8-Z, and was limited to 1100 units. The CV8-Z featured a sunroof, unique wheels and bold colour choices and was revered by many as a fitting farewell to the Monaro legacy.

As soon as Holden announced it was the end of the line of the Monaro, many had hoped, or even wished that it was going to make a comeback with a next model release, however as we now know, with Holden ceasing Aussie manufacturing, this last hurrah of the true Aussie performance coupe will forever hold its place in the history books.

What did you think the CV8 did the Monaro name justice? Have you owned one of these fierce rides? Head over to the Rare Spares Facebook page and let us know in the comments!

Rare Spares Launch New Television Commercials

Rare Spares have launched two new television commercials which will be aired on 7Mate throughout the remainder of the year, so keep an eye out!

The commercials are designed to relate to car enthusiasts and feature old, rusty vehicles being restored back to new from tail to bonnet, with a voice over communicating Rare Spares key messages around their new slogan ‘more than just a part in your project’.

Officially endorsed by Holden and Ford, Rare Spares have two partner programs, ‘Holden Restoration Parts’ and ‘Ford Restoration Parts’. These logos feature prominently in the advertisements, which use a classic Holden and Ford as restoration projects.

The first features an old Holden Monaro being restored to new – Click below To View

http://rarespares.net.au/news/tvcholden.aspx

The second features an old XA Ford Coupe being restored to its former glory – Click below to View 

http://rarespares.net.au/news/tvcford.aspx

 

RARE SPARES….. More than just a part in you project.

Monaro Car Club of WA Receive Banner

29. October 2013 15:03 by Rare Spares in Rare Spares  //  Tags: , , ,   //   Comments (0)

One of Western Australia’s most active motoring clubs, the Monaro Car Club of WA, has been rewarded with a branded banner for their commitment to the Rare Spares Loyalty Club.

Rewarding Car Clubs around Australia, the Rare Spares Loyalty Club gives back to those who keep our beloved classic cars on the road. Every dollar spent in store can earn points for your club, which can be redeemed for Banners, Flags, Marquees and even vouchers.

The Monaro Club of WA have over 150 members and host an average for four events per month. Celebrating all models of the Monaro from the early HK’s to the CV8Z, these enthusiasts get together for day and night cruises, weekends away, races, car shows and other events to share their passion.

To learn more about the Monaro Club of WA, visit http://www.monaroclubwa.asn.au/about.htm.

To view the rewards that are available to Car Clubs who have signed up to the Rare Spares Loyalty Club, visit http://www.rarespares.net.au/loyalty

 

A Word From John Bowe

Hi there to all my Rare Spares friends,

It’s a very busy time right now for me; I am at the start of a scheduled 5 consecutive weekends of racing. Prior to this I spent the weekend at the MotorEx show in Sydney. I honestly have to say that it’s the best car show I have ever attended, literally hundreds of cars to make your eyes bulge.

Looking at the Toranas, Monaros and Falcon GTs I could not help but be reminded what an important part Rare Spares play in preserving our motoring heritage. They all are restored using Rare Spares mind boggling selection of resto parts!

This weekend I am racing the Maranello Ferrari in Queensland which is as hi-tech as the Mustang is low-tech. The following weekend I am racing my friend Trevor Simpson’s 1967 Brabham BT 23 open-wheel car at the Winton Festival of Speed, then it’s off to America to race at the Famed Laguna Seca Raceway for the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion.

Since I retired from V8 supercar racing, I seem to be doing more racing and driving than ever, just not getting paid for it; but let’s face it, I love cars and love the sport, so I intend to race until I am 80.

Wish me luck, JB

 

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