As the HQ Monaro Coupe’s 1971-74 model life equalled the combined HK, HT and HG series without major change, sales stalled. Holden was left with more than1600 surplus HQ Monaro shells. Clearing them over the HJ and HX facelifts proved to be a laborious and time-consuming process.
After HJ coupe sales again dropped, this time to just 606 HJ Monaro GTS Coupes (plus a token 337 HJ LS examples) compared to 4574 HJ GTS 4-Doors, Holden had to pull the Monaro coupe out of production before the end of the HJ series in 1975. This left more than 600 panel sets to clear during the 1976-77 HX series.
At the time, these final Monaros were like dead albatrosses tied around Holden’s corporate neck, a sorry ending for one of the most beautiful styling exercises ever created in Australia. It partly explains why a proposed Monaro revival following the rapturous reception given to Holden’s 1998 Coupe show car generated so much resistance within Holden.
Almost 40 years later, both the HJ and HX can be appreciated for what they are. They remain the final and most refined of all the Monaro Coupes from this era.
Why were the HJ and HX Coupes on the nose?