• Nov 6, 2006


The idea of refitting your set of North American wheels to resemble its domestic market counterpart is not new. One of the more popular conversions has been transforming the Nissan 240SX back into the JDM-spec Silvia from which it sprung. Until the SEMA show last week, however, we were unaware one could do this to car other than those that came from the East. A company called JHP Vehicle Enhancements, however, had a Pontiac GTO on display that, besides the incorrect location of the steering wheel, was a dead ringer for the Holden Monaro.

We took a week off from featuring a RR of the Day to focus on SEMA, so imagine our shock when we return to find a privately owned Goat-turned-Monaro in the Autoblog Flickr Pool. Owned by Flickr member Julius C., this late model GTO suffered an unfortunate up-close encounter with a guard rail one rainy day that created the perfect opportunity to practice some Aussie-inspired rhinoplasty. The damaged front end was swapped for a Holden Monaro look-a-like from JHP and a Gravana hood with two scoops was added for good measure. Check out Julius C.'s own Flickr account for a journal of the car's transmogrification.

When the GTO arrived back in the U.S. it was harpooned for being too vanilla in the looks department. While the Holden Monaro isn't exactly the Rocky Road of vehicle design, driving a GTO that looks like one will surely turn the heads of those in the know. To everyone else, the badge re-reengineered Goat will continue to be the same 6.0-liter sleeper it's always been.

We're back with the RR of the Day feature after a week-long hiatus for SEMA. All this week we'll feature unrelated rides that catch our eye, but we're returning with a theme next week and that theme is "Best Autocross Car". If you've got a hot AutoXer, join the Autoblog Flickr Pool and submit your ride for consideration. More detailed instructions can be found after the jump.

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      • 8 Years Ago
      Hey -- how original! A car looks better with its own front end, as designed!! Too reminiscent of other cars to be the right design for a US label, but pretty. Let's see if the General builds some takeoffs in Ontario with American stying cojones.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Hi all - thanks for the input.

      Yes, I have other mods - from headers/cat back, to short ram intake/shifter/brakes/bushings/swaybars. I still have a set of heads to put on too. Some of the pics are on my flickr site, others are on my Cardomain page. (http://www.cardomain.com/ride/587801)

      I know I'm not the first to re-Monaro the GTO, and I haven't changed the interior badging yet. Oh, and Mark, I'm on LS1GTO.com (aka "traumadog"), which is where I got the idea in the first place.
      • 8 Years Ago
      That's debatable, the lack of any sort of mechanical similarity with a Caviler isn't.
      • 8 Years Ago
      The GTO had a 3,700 lb. curb weight. That's about 200 lbs. less than the 2007 GT500. The Ferrari 575M Maranello has a curb weight of 3,800 lbs.; the Aston-Martin Vanquish has a curb weight of 4,000.

      Speed TV even dedicated a special to the GTO's performance with SCCA drivers running a GTO and a Grand Prix GXP against Infinitis, Bimmers, and Fords, with the GTO winning its category.

      I was one of the people in the chorus who complained about the Monaro being the next GTO. It was boring and bland compared to the final Trans Am. The chubby coupe grew on me. One of my neighbors had an '04 and I always like it.
      • 8 Years Ago
      good for you julius, for not doing the norm after the crash.
      I was a fan of the GTO but your car looks better with that hood and front end.
      you just need a set of grey/carbon rims with a chrome lip, not black not all chrome.
      thank god that huge black box they attach for the plate is gone! what an eyesore front plates/ plate holders are.
      did you rebadge interior also? any other mods? intake or anything?
      keep modding it now!!
      • 8 Years Ago
      Cavalier on roids hahaha next!
      • 8 Years Ago
      Man that looks so much better without the pontiac front end! Nice job!
      • 8 Years Ago
      nice!!! so much better than the pontiac front end.
      • 8 Years Ago
      congrats Julius! How many www.Roclife.org forum members are going to be RR of the Day?? First marnie with her civic, and now your GTO/monaro.. who's next?
      • 8 Years Ago
      There is a slight error in the article. The front by JHP is actually a genuine G.M. Holden Monaro front, not a look like front. 95% of JHP's products are genuine.

      If you like this, you should check out the HSV Coupe 4 Body Kit. That is one bad ass kit.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Fabian, get a life, you've obviously never been within 10 feet of a real performance car like the GTO.

      Great work Julias, you have an awesome goat. Check out http://www.ls1gto.com for a bunch more conversions like this one.
      • 8 Years Ago
      The largish coupe you always knew Toyota/Lexus wanted to build....but wouldn't/won't.
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