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Holden HQ

1971 - 1974
6 cyl. & V8
173/202 6 cyl; 253/308/350 V8
101kW 202 and 206kW 350
3/4 spd. man; 3 spd. Trimatic & Turbohydramatic 400 (350 only)
Top Speed:
142 kmh (202 motor)
Number Built:
3 star
This model was arguably a high point of GMH styling, and an Australian classic. They still proliferate the Australian landscape (an icon of cars that were "built to last") in their various configurations of body styles and engine combinations.

Even in the seventies, a new Holden was a major Aussie event, that drew a lot of excitement. The HQ series represented the most significant redesign of the Holden since the forties.

Many newspapers ran entire supplements on the HQ. Modern Motor magazine included a free long-playing record detailing the new range!

New features at the time included flow-through ventilation, front sub-frame, coil-suspension all round on the non-commercial vehicles, four-link rear end on passenger models, newer safety equipment and standards, such as slim windscreen pillars; designed to meet projected safety legislation which didn't eventuate.

Several "specials" and model variations were put out to continue the interest in the HQ range, such as; "Vacationer", the "SS", "GTS", "LS", even a 1973 special silver Premier for the 25th anniversary of the Holden car.

The HQ was introduced with all the fan-fare, and it deserved it as it was to turn out to be the most popular Holden ever. In fact, 1973 remains the record year for GMH exports to this day!

There would hardly be a household in Australasia that has not had a HQ parked in the drive at some stage. In fact, 1973 remains the record year for GMH exports to this day, with a total of 41,181 cars shipped!

The huge model range included: Belmont Sedan, Belmont Station Wagon, Belmont Panel Van, Belmont Utility, Kingswood Sedan, Kingswood Station Wagon, Kingswood Utility, SS Sedan, Premier Sedan, Premier Station Wagon, Holden Chassis and Cab, Monaro Coupe, Monaro GTS Coupe, Monaro GTS 350 Coupe, Monaro LS ('Luxury Sports') Coupe, Monaro GTS Sedan, Statesman Sedan and Statesman De-Ville Sedan.

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Holden HQ Specifications
Holden HQ Brochure
Holden Red Motor
Holden History
Holden Car Commercials
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