Why ‘gutted’ dad is offering mammoth $40k reward for his lost and rusty Holden Monaro after heartless thieves stole the car
- Desperate hunt continues for Holden Monaro stolen in South Australia in July
- Car belonged to Nick Downward which was handed down to him by his late pop
- Was planning to fully restore vintage car when he returned from holidays in Qld
- Has offered a $40,000 reward for return of beloved car, no questions asked
A shattered car enthusiast has offered a huge reward for the return of his beloved vintage Holden Monaro stolen by brazen thieves while he was on holidays.
Nick Downward was planning to fully restore his pride and joy handed down from his late grandfather who died two decades ago, and was also hoping to give the hot rod to his own son when he got older.
He stored the base-model HT in a shed on a remote property near Kingston SE in south-east South Australia.
He never got the chance to restore the precious family heirloom, which was stolen while on holidays in Far North Queensland last month.
Rare Formula 1 memorabilia stored in the car boot was also stolen, including ‘Blue Thunder’ Fosters Brewery posters of Lamborghinis and F1s and a life-size cardboard cut-out of former Australian racing car driver Alan Jones.
This vintage Holden Monaro was about to undergo a full restoration before it was stolen
Nick Downward has offered a $40,000 reward for the car’s return, no questions asked
The money Mr Downward had saved up on for the car’s restoration is now being offered as a reward for the car’s return, no questions asked.
One month on, there’s still no word about the car’s whereabouts, despite a police public appeal and multiple pleas from its heartbroken owner, who recently doubled the reward to $40,000.
‘This vehicle is a family car that was originally owned by my deceased grandfather and has been awaiting a full restoration that sadly was about to happen,’ Mr Downward wrote.
‘Cash reward of $40,000 for any one who can give me the information that leads to the return of my Monaro, no questions asked, maybe some one has seen it or knows about it? $40,000 worth of reasons to do the right thing!’
The maroon HT Holden Monaro was stolen from West Range Road in Blackford, near Kingston SE sometime between July 8 and July 11.
The vehicle is believed to have been towed away on a car trailer and may still have registration plates of RBG436.
The HT Monaro was handed down to Nick Downward from his late grandfather
Rare F1 memorabilia stored in the car boot was also stolen in the brazen theft
A gutted Mr Downward suspects he could know the thieves as the brazen theft occurred after he posted on Facebook about his upcoming holiday and plans to restore the car.
‘Pa’s Monaro is about to undergo a very long and expensive restoration but all great projects deserve time and the proper attention, it will look as good as the day it rolled off the Elizabeth line 50+ years ago,’ he posted on Facebook in June.
He’s losing hope he’ll ever see the beloved car again.
‘I’m pretty sure it’s someone I know, or at the very least it is someone on my Facebook friends list because it’s just too much of a coincidence,’ he told the Adelaide Advertiser.
‘It could honestly be anywhere by now and my gut feeling is it has been stripped, sandblasted and given a rebirth.’
‘I like to think I’m a pretty good person, so I hope they really needed it and it wasn’t just out of greed.’
The Holden Monaro models were manufactured by General Motors Holden in Australia from 1968 to 1975.
Anyone who has seen the vehicle or has information is urged to call Crime Stoppers.
The Holden Monaro was stolen from Blackford, near Kingston SE between July 8 and July 11
Nick Downward fears he may know the suspected thieves who took his pride and job