Since I'm already here and settled in, would it be a good time to ask if the Monaro had a taxi variant? I remember hearing that the Falcon did, but I'm not too sure if the Monaro did or not.
There was not a Monaro taxi as it was just the sports hotted up version of the Kingswood which had Taxi/Police variants.
Australia tends to market the same body shell under several different names just depending on the trim level.
[Falcon] Futura, Fairmont, Forte, G6, G6E, XR6, XR8 - [LWB] Fairlane, LTD, Marquis (Plus all the sports and other models I have not mentioned)
[Kingswood] Premier, Belmont, Monaro, Brougham (etc...)
@universetwister sorry i mean my computeter is probably one of those will crash if i loaded dozen of 100k car mods. theres a free model around the internet for a 4 door hq kingswood. They are indeed availalbe as taxis, not sure what are the powerplant, it appears to be fitted with in line six ( one of mad max xb flacon march hare spewing black smoke was a former taxicab with in line 6 engine)
Yes Holden used its own Straight 6's up until 1986 when they switched to a Nissan engine as it was cheaper to purchase them than spend the money to upgrade there own engine, later they switched to Buick and Chevrolet engines which were V's. V8's were only ever standard on Sports or Luxury variants of cars with the 6's being standard across the range, it is also quite common over here to convert cars to running on Dual Fuel, being both Petrol and LPG, Both Ford and Holden offer this as a Factory option these days with even dedicated LPG Engines.
Ford though have used a Straight 6 in the Falcon since the first one left Broadmeadows in the 60's and they still leave the same factory with one (albeit a heavily revised version) and I would know as I drive one, it may not be the latest model but it is the same engine as still fitted to them.
Also Taxi companies have tended to lean towards the Falcon over any Holden over the years so although there would have been taxi versions of the HQ there would have been more Falcon Taxi's, I could be wrong but I think it was in 1998 that with an official count it is was about over 80% Taxis in Australia were Falcon's with the rest split up between Holden, Toyota and some Ford Fairlanes (Which are still technically a Falcon)