Monaro LS350 production numbers;
- A total of 216 HQ LS 350s were built between 1971 and 1974.
|Monaro LS Coupe – Model No. 81237
|208th LS350 built, last LS350 built in 1973
|19th October 1973 @ GMH Pagewood
|30th October 1973
|Suttons Motors, Arncliffe NSW
|Gunmetal Metallic. Code: 1866 – 15333
|“38T” – Doeskin & Royal Cord cloth seats. Chestnut carpet, dash pad and console
This car was completed on 19th October 1973 at the Pagewood NSW plant, being the 208th LS 350 HQ produced and the last LS 350 manufactured in 1973.
It is in original configuration with all numbers matching for motor, chassis, transmission and rear axle. A ground up restoration of the LS has now been completed. The car is unique in that it was ordered with every possible factory option and every Nasco accessory. At the 2008 Monaro Nationals, the car won 1st place in the HQ Factory Authentic class.
The vehicle was delivered new on 30 October 1973 from Suttons Motors Arncliffe NSW to Mr Wally Gregory whose address is recorded as The Breakers, Toowoon Bay New South Wales. He owned the car until approximately 1976 when it was sold to a family friend. The car was driven by the second owner – a lady for the next 18 years. Apparently the car “never missed a beat”, was regularly serviced and never had the engine, THM 400 auto or the diff opened up for repairs.
The LS was taken off the road in the early 90’s and stored for 7 years in absolutely original form before being sold. The 3rd owner had the car for approx. 2 years. The Doeskin vinyl roof was removed and the car roughly repainted in its original Gunmetal Metallic colour. The 3rd owner seemed to have little regard for the originality of the car, replacing the Corvette rocker covers and GM 350 air cleaner with chromed pressed metal alternatives. The motor was also repainted in situ and over the grease in red and yellow colours. Fortunately, the Corvette rocker covers and 350 air cleaner were left in the boot !!
The current owner purchased the car in March 2002 for $4,000 !!