Look mate, it’s a VC Monaro!

DSC_0167The car you never knew existed…. doesn’t exist. But it’s a rather interesting prospect, isn’t it? Imagine this with a Brock 5.0 V8, flared guards and wide rims. And in Marlboro livery tearing across the mountain? That’s all kinds of awesome.

DSC_01741980 Opel Monza 3.0E. I did a double take when I saw this freakishly perfect example for sale at a service station near Innsbruck, Austria.

DSC_0177It just goes to show that the ‘world car’, a concept so mooted by Ford and Volkswagen as the easy road to auto manufacturing profit these days, isn’t really anything new at all.

DSC_0173So this poses the question: Imagine you were to import this to Australia and convert it to right hand drive, a relatively simple task I assume given the easy supply of old Commodore parts. You’d also replace the Opel grille and badging with local GMH items. If you took it to a car show with a comprehensive information board explaining how this is the long lost VC Monaro concept car that never saw the light of day, how many people do you think you’d fool?

DSC_0175Of course not the diehard enthusiasts, but I’m sure you could have some fun with it.

DSC_0011And while we’re on the subject of odd Opel/Holden bedfellows – VT Commodore much? These slightly narrower Opel Omega’s have been fooling me for weeks.

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5 Comments

  1. Dirk A Davidson August 21, 2013 Reply

    Aha, everything you mooted did happen in the eighties. Peter Brock brought one to Oz when they were current, and I think fitted it with a 5 litre V8 - in fact it was a coupe VB or VC, but still called it the Monza. I guess the numbers didn't stack up, because the one breathed on by Brock remained unique.

  2. SiFi August 21, 2013 Reply

    +1 to the previous comment. The Brock Monza was built in 1984 with 5-litre Aussie V8, five speed 'box and the famous Polariser. It was an evaluation model, with ideas for production and sale as well as export overseas. However the plans came unstuck due to ADR compliance issues and their costs.

    • Andrew Coles September 2, 2013 Reply

      Ah... of course, I remember seeing pictures of the Brock Monza now! I'm sure it was the Polariser that made it so, uh, polarising...

  3. blipster August 29, 2013 Reply

    It's amazing how German car design influenced a whole generation of Commodores in Australia. To think people could have stuck Opel badges on the grill back in the day instead of all the chevy badges we see today.

    • Andrew Coles September 2, 2013 Reply

      I wonder if Aussie's even really knew about it, and is it just down to things like the Internet etc that we're more aware today? I guess back in the day, if Wheels or one of the traditional magazines didn't cover something, you probably just didn't know about it. And if you'd traveled to Europe in the 70's and 80's and saw these Opel's, how would you get any photos out? Interesting stuff.

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