Police auction off rare Holden Monaro

A rare Holden being sold off by WA Police has attracted interest from across Australia.

The 1970 Holden Monaro HG GTS 350, which was only manufactured for 12 months between 1969 and 1970, will be sold by Ross’s Auctioneers and Valuers on Saturday.

The auctioneer’s Facebook post about the auction has gone viral, exciting Holden enthusiasts and those with nostalgic memories of the 1970s.

“It’s a bit of a wildfire on social media,” Ross’s Auctioneers senior auctioneer and valuer Matt Kalinski said.

Mr Kalinski said the “classic icon” was expected to draw a big crowd of “tyre kickers” to the auction on Saturday.

WA Police would not reveal how the car came to be seized, but vehicles can be confiscated from their owners if they were used in the commission of a crime, were bought with the proceeds of a crime or were used for hooning or a road rage attack.

Mr Kalinski said police auctions were popular. A past auction, which featured three Ferraris, attracted 1500 people, he said.

The auctioneer’s Facebook page has been inundated with messages from across the country since pictures of the Monaro were first posted. Several posters indicated they would come to Perth to buy the car, while others joked that they could never afford it.

Screen Shot 2016-05-10 at 12.07.08 PMMonaro Club of Victoria vice president Steve Kane said the bright yellow car could sell for about $80,000, but auction prices were difficult to predict.

He said the car had engine and paint modifications.

“Similar cars in original condition with service books and a documented history can fetch around $150,000,” he said.

The car’s history was the subject of plenty of discussion on Facebook, but for different reasons. Some posters warned about the dangers of buying a car that had been confiscated.

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The auction starts at 9 am on Saturday at Ross’s Welshpool showrooms.


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