How to get one in your garage:
An expert’s view - MARC WALE, FOUNDER, MW PERFORMANCE: “We’re an independent Vauxhall VXR centre, so we see Monaros in all conditions. Rarity, ageless looks and that charismatic V8 are whatthe model has going for it. The all- aluminium pushrod engine is durable, reliable and easy to maintain. Bad points are the clunky transmission, increasing scarcity of new parts and the rising price of used bits.
What rustproofing there is doesn’t protect it from our wet and salty winters, either. And, let’s be honest, the handling isn’t the most sophisticated. It can be very tail-happy, so check for accident damage. All that said, find a good one at a reasonable price, look after it and watch its value climb.”
ENGINE - Generally trouble-free. Throttle bodies on some 6.0-litre cars are known to fail. The radiator is prone to leaking on the driver’s side. Fuel pipes rust badly. Service intervals are 10,000 miles.
TRANSMISSION - Check for noises, oil leaks and sticky operation. Spigot bearings at the rear of the crank can fail (listen for whirring), damaging the gearbox’s front bearing.
The gearbox’s main output shaft seal canleak. Failure of the clutch slave cylinder requires gearbox removal to replace. Centre propshaft rubber can fail. The diff pinion seal leaks if the oil breather pipe is kinked.
STEERING, BRAKES AND SUSPENSION - The power steering pump is prone to failure on high-mileage cars and its pipes corrode badly. The steering fluid cooler is easily damaged by road debris. The steering rack can leak fluid. Poorly protected rear brake pipes rust badly. The front dampers are prone to rapid wear. Alignment issues are common so check the tyre wear.
CHASSIS AND BODY - Front chassis legs, rear suspension and the leading underside edge of the bonnet rust but floorpans and sills are generally okay. The car’s long overhangs are prone to grounding. Poor body repairs are common and some panels are impossible to source.
INTERIOR - Check the carpets are dry (door seals can fail) and ensure the seats don’t slide during braking and acceleration.
Also worth knowing:
Bought the Monaro of your dreams? Right, get your wallet out again. Here’s what you need to do to it: undersealing (around £700), LS7 clutch upgrade (£1000), lowering springs (£500 fitted), quick rack (£450 fitted), Ripshifter to overcome that sluggish change (£285 fitted), Polybushes to sharpen the suspension (£150 fitted).