management’s support to the coupe plans. Yet, even with the boss’s support the business case for retaining the coupe in the planning schedule was always in question and depended on cost sharing with the sedan and estimated volumes. John Schinella recalls that “the original idea was that the Monaro was planned to only match the Falcon GT, and offer a small number of GTS-style models. But the range was broadened to include the basic models in order to make the business case. We also had to share the front end design with the sedans in order to make the coupe cost effective.” Another late change to the coupe design was the shape of the windscreen. Photos of the fibreglass model taken in July 1967 reveal it uses the sedan windscreen, with right angled corners at the top where the screen meets the roof. In order to visually lower the roof line, without re-engineering the car, the corners were rounded. It is now Australian automotive legend that the coupe was given its Monaro name at the suggestion of interior designer Noel Bedford. The name came very late in the program, with clay and fibreglass models carrying Torana, Premier and GTS badges. The GTS label is attributed to Schinella. he Monaro, below. 17