Sadly, by the end of the decade, the wind had gone from the Monaro's sails and following falling customer demand, the model was discontinued. It would be another 20 years before the firm persuaded itself to revive the idea, basing it this time on the slippery good looks of the VX generation of Holden Commodore.
The new car was sufficiently compelling for Vauxhall to take notice, and come 2004, Luton dipped its toe in hitherto uncharted waters: offering British buyers - denied a Griffin-badged coupe since the departure of the Calibra in '97 - the prospect of a V8-engined rear-drive import. Of course, this being Blighty (and Vauxhall having kept its initial quota sensibly modest), the car sold out almost immediately on the basis of its rather compelling power-to-pound-coin ratio.
A year later, the facelifted VZ version was made available; most notably in its 6.0-litre VXR format. But today's Spotted contender - in a solemn PH salute to the sad winding up of Australia's domestic car production - is the entry-level CV8 model which better mirrors the Holden sold Down Under. That means you get the Corvette-donated Gen III 354hp 5.7-litre pushrod motor, a distant derivative of the same small-block Chevy V8 found in its forebear.
So we'd seize the chance to buy now before it's too late. Especially when a piffling £8,250 gets you one that was bought to be a keeper, looks to have been cared for with kid gloves and has covered a mere 72,000 miles - the equivalent of around the block in LS1 terms. It even comes in the best colour and the kindliest tax band.
Engine: 5,667cc, V8
Transmission: 6-speed manual, rear-wheel drive
Power (hp): 354@5,600rpm
Torque (lb ft): 353@4,800rpm
First registered: 2005
Recorded mileage: 72,000
Yours for: £8,250
See the original advert here.