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Project GTS Ready To Win

This stunning Holden HQ GTS or ‘Project GTS’ was the combined project of Bendigo Retro Muscle Cars, Unique Cars Magazine and Rare Spares and has recently been completed. It is now proudly being showcased before being offered as a giveaway car to an extremely lucky Unique Cars subscriber.

The 1972 Holden HQ GTS chosen was in a past life a race car and spent a period racing in the popular Touring Car Masters series before being acquired as the project vehicle.  

In a total of only eight months, the car underwent a total rebuild thanks to Bendigo Retro Muscle Cars, with a transformation from race car into a road car so it can now be enjoyed every day. The full build was documented step by step on video and in print by Unique Cars magazine and proved to be a fascinating build.

The stunning black paint is thanks to PPG and sports a ceramic clear coat for a truly impressive finish. The interior has been customised and re upholstered and the heart of Project GTS is a 355 Holden stroker motor that outputs around 420hp.

Rare Spares has been proud to partner in the ‘Project GTS’ build with Rare Spares supplying a special care package of their entire HQ catalogue for the project. Everything from a speedo face to front wings, lenses, stickers and even special bolts that Rare Spares produces that closely resemble factory bolts were included to make life easier for the restoration. 

“I’ve been in the restoration business for more than 35 years and I have been using Rare Spares almost as long. Having Rare Spares’ comprehensive parts catalogue for the HQ Holden made our project easier and kept the quality high.”said vehicle builder Gary O’Brien.

“The top build achieved in collaboration with Rare Spares on the HQ GTS project speaks for itself.”

“This car could be won by someone that is not necessarily a passionate car person. As such we had to keep it serviceable and something that can be easily taken down to the shops.”

“I hope it goes to someone who will enjoy it!”

Gary wants to thank everyone involved in the project, Precision International, Top Torque Engines, Ice Ignition, Di Filippo Performance Exhaust, Mal Wood Automotive, Harrop Engineering Australia P/L, McDonald Brothers, Toperformance Products/KONI, Hoppers Stoppers, Aussie Desert Coolers  Davis, Craig Pty Ltd, Temp Tyres/Simmons, A&H Trim, PPG, Shannons Insurance and of course Rare Spares.

To find out more about Project GTS and enjoy a more detailed look at the build, check out the video episodes and print articles at

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