To be present for the return of the Holden Monaro in 2001 was like observing the return of a religious deity.
The VT Commodore-based two-door coupe heralded absolute adulation and hysteria when it finally hit showrooms three years after its sensational appearance at the now-defunct Sydney Motor Show in 1998.
Inspired by two-door versions of the HK and HT Kingswoods of the 1960s and ’70s, the third generation Monaro was built between 2001 and 2005, with left-hand drive versions of the facelifted two-door being sold as Pontiac GTOs in the United States, as well as the Chevrolet Lumina Coupe in the Middle East and South Africa. In its final rendition the Monaro only had one trim level the Monaro CV8-Z at $15,000.
This vehicle is also known as Chevrolet Lumina, Chevrolet SS, Holden GTS, Holden Limited Edition, Pontiac GTO, Vauxhall Monaro.