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Old 01-31-2006, 11:07 PM   #1
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Last Holden Monaro (Pontiac GTO) to be auctioned on Ebay (Australia)



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GOING, GOING, GONE - VERY LAST MONARO UP FOR SALE


The last current generation Monaro coupe built by Holden will be offered for auction next month.

The coupe has been painted with a custom color and modified by Holden's Design and Engineering departments to reflect its iconic place in Australian automotive history.

It will be auctioned globally through eBay.com.au from February 9 - 19 with all proceeds donated to The Leukaemia Foundation, a long-term partner of Holden.

The vehicle will be unveiled by Holden at the Melbourne International Motor Show media day on February 9 before the auction begins.

The sale of the car will mark the end of Monaro domestic production in Elizabeth, South Australia after more than four years and 47,000 sales in Australia and overseas representing four General Motors brands.

The last Monaro was built on December 13 last year and customized by Holden Design and Engineering to cement its position as an automotive collector's classic.

The "Torque" custom paint is an orange-yellow with fine metallic highlight, developed as an interpretation of the classic colors for which the original late 1960s Monaro coupes were famous.

A Very Last Monaro project team made various changes to reflect the car's unique status including special embossed wheels, leather seats and color accents.

The architect of the new generation Monaro, former Holden Design Director Mike Simcoe, was recognised through the use of Data Dot technology which applied microscopic copies of Simcoe's signature and the ISOVIN number to the vehicle's underbody, panels and major components.

GM Holden Chairman and Managing Director, Denny Mooney, today said the car was a fitting end to the latest chapter of the Monaro story.

Mr Mooney said Monaro symbolised Holden's heritage in Australia, providing a nameplate which inspired passion and respect across the car community.

Monaro was unveiled by Holden as a concept vehicle in 1998 and launched as a production vehicle in late 2001. It was Australia's best selling sports car for each of the past four years.

Vehicles based on the Monaro were subsequently sold in the United States as the Pontiac GTO, United Kingdom as the Vauxhall Monaro and the Middle East as the Chevrolet Lumina Coupe.

Holden Special Vehicles also released several variants.

"Monaro is symbolic of our success locally by showcasing Holden's strength in innovation and design," Mr Mooney said.

"It symbolises our commitment to philanthropy and we are extremely proud to be donating all proceeds to the Leukaemia Foundation with which we have a long association."

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Old 01-31-2006, 11:14 PM   #2
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They're stopping production altogether??
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Old 01-31-2006, 11:18 PM   #3
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They're stopping production altogether??
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What about the GTO? I always figured it would jump onto the next-gen Camaro platform, but that won't get here for another 2 years (at the earliest).

Honestly, would anyone really miss it?
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Old 02-01-2006, 01:50 AM   #4
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Will Vaxhaulll (sp?) continue to make their Monaro?
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Vauxhall


And I think it's safe to assume that if there's no more Monaro... there's no more Monaro.
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Old 02-01-2006, 10:11 AM   #6
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The article said it was the end of production in the Elizabeth plant, leaving room for them to say "the next gen Monaro will be built in a new plant" (hopefully).
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I know that they have stopped making the Vauxhall Monaro for the UK. I forget which Top Gear episode that was mentioned in.
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