Back in September 1969 our HT Monaro arrived at
Manthel Motors in Wellington, ready for sale. 45 years later
and it’s showing its age, but our restoration team are slowly
stripping back the years and restoring it to its former glory.

Watch The Grand Reveal

EP.1: MEET THE MONARO

The Monaro's restoration journey begins

Get a good look at the unrestored HT Monaro in all its worn out glory. She definitely looks a bit rough after 45 years, but that's where our restoration team comes in.

What will the Monaro look like once it's done?

Greg Murphy goes to meet Ian, the proud owner of a beautifully restored 1969 HT Monaro. Find out what it is about the Monaro that gets people so excited, and get a picture of what our Monaro will look like once the restoration is complete.

EP.2: THE MONARO STRIPS OFF

MEDIA BLASTING STRIPS BACK THE YEARS

Before the Monaro can head off to panel and paint, we need to strip back the layers of paint and bog accumulated over the years. Watch as the 60psi fine-grade Garnet media blasting reveals the bare body work underneath.

MEET OUR MASTER OF PANEL

Ian has been in the panel beating industry since he left school and certainly knows his way around an old classic Holden. It's a good job, because as Greg Murphy and Ian reveal, the Monaro needs some serious love to get her ready to give away.

EP.3: THE BUSINESS END GETS SOME LOVE

WHAT IS IT ABOUT THE 307?

Mark Wade from Wade Automotive reveals to Greg Murphy what is so unique about the 307 engine in our 1969 HT Monaro.

WE GET OUR FIRST GOOD LOOK AT THE ENGINE

Watch as the engine is disassembled and we find out for the first time just how the years have treated it. As Greg discovers, she's not in bad shape for a 45-year-old motor.

EP.4: THE ENGINE COMES BACK TOGETHER

GREG MURPHY RETURNS TO WADE AUTOMOTIVE

Mark Wade and his team have painstakingly stripped back the engine and now Greg returns to see it come back together.

HOW MANY PONIES IS THE MONARO ENGINE PUMPING OUT?

Greg sits down with Mark for a smoko break and finds out just how much horsepower the completed Monaro engine will be pumping out.

EP.5: PANEL, PANEL AND MORE PANEL

45 YEARS OF AGEING IS REVERSED

Greg returns to the panel beaters to check out just how much work it takes to reverse 45 years of wear and tear. He discovers that a new floor is just a small part of it.

WE GET OUR FIRST LOOK AT THE MONARO'S ORIGINAL COLOUR

Way back in 1969, our Monaro arrived in New Zealand sporting a gorgeous Daytona Bronze paint job. 45 years later and we get our first look at its return to glory.

EP.6: TIME FOR UPHOLSTERY AND CHROME

BYE, BYE BLACK VINYL

Greg Murphy visits The Upholstery Company to get a preview of the Monaro's new (original) upholstery. Did someone say black and white houndstooth?

WE INSPECT THE MONARO'S RESTORED SHINY BITS

Do you know what goes into restoring a chrome bumper? Greg finds out with the boys from Progressive Polishers & Electroplaters and performs a personal inspection of the showroom shine.

EP.7: THE FINAL ASSEMBLY

THE MONARO'S JOURNEY IS COMING TO AN END

Greg Murphy heads back to where it all began to check out how the Monaro's reassembly is going. What he discovers is a complete transformation, thanks to our awesome restoration team.

IT'S ALL ABOUT THE LITTLE DETAILS

Scott, the Monaro Project Manager, walks Greg through all of the new and restored details that will make this classic car so special. Greg even gets to add one of the key finishing touches.

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