Iconic HK Monaro to be brought back to its former glory

The HK Monaro made famous by Stephen Day is back and ready to be restored to its former glory


One of the most-iconic cars in the from the earliest years of Australian street machining is set to undergo a sympathetic restoration at the hands of JC Classic Car Restorations.

Originally build by Stephen Day in the early 70s, the Monaro graced the July 1978 cover of Australian Street Rodding alongside another legendary HK, namely Steve Langham’s G Force Junkie.

In its original spec, Day’s HK ran a 327 Chev topped by Hilborn injection, backed by a Muncie ‘box and built 9in with ladder bar suspension. Tres exotic for an Aussie street car in those days!

The rims were the things dreams are made of – 8x14in Dan Gurney items on the front and 10×15 Ansen Sprints at the rear – covered by a beautifully proportioned set of flared guards.

The whole lot was covered in Mazda Marine duct with the factory seats retrimmed with blue crushed velvet inserts. At the time of the ASR feature, the HK was for sale for a cool $12,000.

The HK was later acquired as a sad-looking roller by Tony Sayers, who carefully brought the car back to life, while preserving its identity. The signature wheels, paint, trim and aluminium fuel tank in the boot remained, with the key changes being the fitment of a hot, carb-fed 396 big block Chev, topped by a towering Formula 5000 scoop. In place of the Muncie, was a TH400.

The car was featured in this form in the June 1989 edition of Street Machine, winning over a new generation of fans in the process. And now, the HK is set for it’s third major rebirth.

“The HK will be undergoing a complete restoration, back to its former 1970s look, with those amazing Norm Beechey-style flares,” says Jason from JC Classic Car Restorations. “It’s not always about going back to factory, but preserving a piece of custom history that will live on.”

We couldn’t have said it better ourselves, Jason! And if that name is familiar, you may remember the epic Plymouth Superbird project that JC Customs undertook a few years ago, now nearing completion.

Stay tuned for more on this one!